Gracie: O Criador de uma Dinastia
Rio de Janeiro: Record, 2008
by Roberto Pedreira
October 4, 2013
Layr was an important person
in Carlos Gracie's life, in Reila's life, and in the Gracie saga. Layr was
Reila's mum, and also the mum of Carlos Jr., Carla, Crolin, Rillion, and Kirla.
As readers of this review by now know, Carlos liked young girls. That isn't
unusual. Most men do. What was unusual was that he insisted on getting them all
pregnant as fast as possible. Layr was also unusual among Carlos' girls in
several ways. She wasn't an uneducated poor girl from the lower layers of
society, and she didn't work for him as a maid. She was also engaged
[never married] to
Carlos's best friend Oscar Santa Maria.
Oscar met Layr in 1949. She
was 21, a bit older than the girls Carlos generally targeted, but she looked
younger than her age, and was sexually inexperienced, a condition that was not
changed by her seven-year engagement to Oscar Santa Maria.
month later Oscar introduced her to his spiritual guide Carlos Gracie, who was
Layr's father's age, or a bit older. Carlos liked what he saw. Reila says
Layr looked like American movie star
Gracie Kelly, and photos indicate that she was indeed, quite remarkably
attractive. Although he was still expanding his clan with Geni (who was getting
tired of having babies), and there was Claudia yet to come [Claudia was the
biological mum of Rolls--she was also "young" and worked as a domestic
helper for Carlos and Geni; Reila will discuss Claudia in a later chapter] . Carlos had a premonition that Layr's destiny was intertwined with his
Reila describes the course
of Layr's relationship with Oscar. One day Oscar noticed a young man driving by,
calling for Layr. Jealous, Oscar asked who the impertinent upstart was. It was her former
boyfriend, Marionzinho, she told him. He was very attractive and Layr, like all
the other girls, went for him. But he was irresponsible so she had no option but
to cast him adrift, albeit reluctantly. Marionzinho, however didn't want to go
his own way, and hung around pestering her. Oscar wanted to deal summarily with
the boy, but didn't feel comfortable with violence. Marionzinho had a reputation
for rough stuff and on top of that was taking jiu-jitsu lessons at the Clube de
Regatas do Flamengo. He was friends with Helio Gracie. Oscar asked Carlos
to ask Helio to ask Marionzinho to lay off, and he did, leaving Oscar and Layr
in peace to pursue their relationship...........
Until 1956 at least. The arrival
of Carlos Jr. put a serious crimp in Oscar's relationship with Layr.
With this, Parte I
Gracie: O Criador de uma Dinastia is concluded.
(c) 2013, Roberto Pedreira. All rights reserved.