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COCO SECRETS: The highs and lows of Coco Chanel’s life have inspired numerous authors to put pen to paper. With this fall’s release of “Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life,” biographer Lisa Chaney claims to have concrete evidence that the designer used drugs, embraced bisexuality and had an affair with Salvador Dalí while he was married. In an e-mail sent Thursday by her Viking publicist, Chaney claims to have accessed documents in the Swiss Federal Archives among other publications that prove Chanel’s German lover Hans Günther von Dincklage spied for the Nazis throughout World War II. “Whether Chanel was aware of this is unknown, but after that war she lived in neutral Switzerland for a while, to avoid any proceedings against her,” the e-mail continued.
The publicist declined an interview request with Chaney, offering to arrange one closer to the 387-page tome’s November publication date.