Character Bio from Farewell My Life by Cynthia Sally Haggard: ZIA PAULINA

Zia Paulina is:

Zia Paulina played by Argentina Brunetti
  • 53 years old
  • Matriarch of Pagano Family
  • Angelina, Louisa & Josephina’s aunt
  • Grace & Violet’s great-aunt
  • Left Italy in 1885 at the age of 17
  • Married a lawyer who lived in Georgetown
  • Society matron
  • Supported her husband until his death
  • Spent her whole married life wearing clothes she didn’t like and leading a life she didn’t care for
  • Unusual views for her woman of her position & age…

 Zia Paulina is actually a feminist who doesn’t realize that she is one. Unlike other female family members, who believe Grace & Violet should marry well, Zia Paulina supports them in their ambition to have careers…violinist for Grace & fashion designer for Violet.

BTW Zia Paulina is Italian for Aunt Paulina.