Virginia Hall Biography
(American Secret Agent Who Worked in France During World War II)
Birthday: April 6, 1906 (Aries)
Born In: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Virginia Hall Goillot was an American spy and most wanted by the ‘Geheime Staatspolizei’ (Gestapo), the official secret police of Nazis. Her espionage started at the time of World War II with the British ‘Special Operations Executive’ following amputation of a portion of her left leg that deterred her from pursuing a career in the Foreign Service. Later she joined the ‘Special Operations Branch’ of the United States ‘Office of Strategic Services’. Post war she worked as an intelligence analyst on French parliamentary affairs in the ‘Special Activities Division’ of the ‘Central Intelligence Agency’ (CIA) of America. She adopted several nicknames during her espionage including "Nicolas", "Marie of Lyon", "Marie Monin", "Camille", "Diane" and "Germaine". She was called ‘Artemis’ and "lady with the limp" by the Germans. She was an honorary ‘Member of the Order of the British Empire’. On September 27, 1945, she received the ‘Distinguished Service Cross’ award from General William Joseph Donovan as the only civilian woman for her efforts in France at the time of World War II. Posthumously she was honoured by the British and French embassies in 2006. ‘The Wolves at the Door: The True Story of America's Greatest Female Spy’ by Judith L. Pearson and ‘L'Espionne. Virginia Hall, une Américaine dans la guerre’ by Vincent Nouzille narrate the adventurous life of Virginia Hall.