- When Anna Chennault died last week at the age of 94, the world lost one of the most influential powerbrokers it had never heard of.
Also known by her Chinese name, Chen Xiangmei, she was a stylish fixture on Washington DC's political circuit - but also an unofficial diplomat who skilfully navigated the currents and eddies of 20th Century politics.
She met former US presidents John F Kennedy and Richard Nixon, and former secretary of state Henry Kissinger. She also met China's Deng Xiaoping and Taiwan's Chiang Kai-shek.
All were reportedly impressed by the woman dubbed by the Washington Post as the "legendary steel butterfly".
"There can only be one Chen Xiangmei in the world, let alone the US," declared Deng after he met her in 1981.