Carstairs, Joe

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Carstairs, Joe Gender: F
Marion Barbara Carstairs
born on 1 February 1900
Place London, England, 51n30, 0w10
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Documented source; untimed
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Scholfield
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Joe Carstairs
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British power boat racer and the fastest woman on water, known for her eccentric lifestyle.

Born into a very wealthy, aristocratic family, Joe Carstairs married once to a childhood friend, the French aristocrat Count Jacques de Pret, on 7 January 1918 in Paris. The purpose of the marriage was simply to allow Carstairs access to her trust fund independently of her mother. After her mother's death, the marriage was immediately annulled on the grounds of non-consummation. By means of a Deed poll, she renounced her married name and resumed using the name Carstairs in February 1922.

Carstairs lived a colourful life. She usually dressed as a man, had tattooed arms, and loved machines, adventure and speed. Openly lesbian, she had numerous affairs with women, including Dolly Wilde—Oscar Wilde's niece and a fellow ambulance driver from Dublin with whom she had lived in Paris—and a string of actresses, most notably Greta Garbo, Tallulah Bankhead and Marlene Dietrich.

Between 1925 and 1930, Carstairs spent considerable time in powerboats and became a very successful racer, although the Harmsworth Trophy she longed for always eluded her. She did take the Duke of York's trophy and establish herself as the fastest woman on water.

Carstairs was also known for her generosity to her friends. She was close to several male racing drivers and land speed record competitors, using her considerable wealth to assist them.

Carstairs died in Naples, Florida, on 18 December 1993 at the age of 93.

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  • lover relationship with Garbo, Greta (born 18 September 1905)


  • Relationship : Marriage 7 January 1918 (Count Jacques de Pret)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes birth notice: "CARSTAIRS. - On the 1st Feb., at 115, Park-street, Grosvenor-square, W., the wife of Captain Albert J. Carstairs, of a daughter." (Times, 2 Feb. 1900, p. 1).

Because the notice appeared in the newspaper the day after her birth it is likely she was born in the morning hours.


  • Traits : Body : Constitution hardy
  • Traits : Body : Other body (Tattoos)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Several Hollywood actresses)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Same sex
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One marriage of convenience)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Inheritance
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Passions : Sexuality : Lesbian
  • Passions : Sexuality : Transvestite (Wore men's clothes)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 93)
  • Vocation : Sports : Sailing/ Boating (Power boat racer)
  • Notable : Awards : Sports Championship (Duke of York's trophy)
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field (Fastest woman on water)