She was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the eldest daughter of Richard Derby Eyre (1869-1955) and Elizabeth Krieger Eyre (d. 1938).
She studied art at the Art Students League in Manhattan and exhibited two paintings, L’Arlesienne and Allegro in the first annual
exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists in 1917.
In 1918 she met and married, French writer and diplomat, Pierre Combret de Lanux (1887-1955) in New York. After the end of World
War I they moved to Paris. Their daughter, Anne-Francoise, nicknamed “Bikou,” was born December 19, 1925