Florence Gould (1895-1983), daughter of Maximilien Lacaze, a wealthy French publisher, was born in San Francisco and trained to become an opera singer. In 1923 she married Frank Jay Gould, son of the American railroad magnate, Jay Gould. Shortly thereafter the couple moved to France where as a young woman Florence established herself by hosting what became noted artistic salons for the literary and artistic circles at the start of the Second World War. She later founded various prizes for writers and artists. Now many important French-American cultural events are supported through the Foundation established in her name.