American-born spy known for her work during World War II with the English Secret Intelligence Service's British Security Coordination unit. She allegedly helped decode Axis Powers messages sent via Enigma machine.
During her teenage years, she had several romantic liaisons with much-older diplomats.
Journalist William Stephenson stated in his 1976 memoir, A Man Called Intrepid, that Thorpe worked as an informant during the Spanish Civil War for both the Spanish Republican loyalists and the Francisco Franco-led Nationalists.
Her first marriage, to British diplomat Arthur Pack, ended with Pack's 1945 suicide. She later married journalist and informant Charles Brousse.
Broadcast journalist David Brinkley uncovered the fact that Thorpe's World War II-era love affairs with numerous foreign diplomats were really attempts to access secrets from the Axis Powers of Italy and Germany.