Aggie Grey: Founder, Hotelier and One of Samoa’s Most Famous People
When it comes distinguished family trees, none come more distinguished, or more synonymous with the island of Samoa than that of Aggie Grey. Born in 1897 to a British father and Samoan mother, Aggie grew up in an unstable period of Samoa’s political past.
Despite her tumultuous upbringing, Aggie persevered to become one of the most famous people from Samoa. Especially after the opening of the then ‘Aggie Grey’s Hotel’, where she became a permanent part of Samoa’s social scene, playing host to notable Hollywood stars Dorothy Lamour, Gary Cooper, and Marlon Brando. It has even long been suggested that the character of Bloody Mary in the hit movie ‘Tales of the South Pacific’ was modelled after her.
Sadly the world lost Aggie in 1988, but her spirit lives on with the legacy of each of her two hotels in Samoa. We are proud to bear the name Aggie Grey which is also shared with our sister hotel the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel and Bungalows in Apia.