MEXICO: Lady of Letters

First there had been Hilda Kruger, the actress. Then came Hilda, the seductive, blonde spy suspect. Now Mexico was getting used to Hilda, the writer. Last week her second book (Eliza Lynch or Tragic Destiny) hit the stands. It was a gushing tribute to Eliza Alicia Lynch, the tempestuous, French-Irish mistress of 19th Century Paraguayan Dictator Francisco Solano López.

As a young German actress (Max Reinhardt started her at 14), Hilda first learned about destiny, did a good deal to shape her own. She played before Hitler and Göring. In London she met...