Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu, Former First Lady of South Vietnam, Dies In Rome

Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu, Former First Lady of South Vietnam, Dies In Rome

ROME — Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu, the outspoken beauty who served as South Vietnam’s unofficial first lady early on in the Vietnam War and earned the nickname “Dragon Lady” for her harsh criticism of protesting Buddhist monks and communist sympathizers, has died at age 86, a Rome funeral home said Wednesday.

She died on Easter Sunday in a Rome hospital. The Gualandri funeral home said she was registered as Tran Le Xuan, her original Vietnamese name, meaning “Beautiful Spring.”

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