Category:Miss Porter's School alumni
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The following 26 pages are in this category, out of 26 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 26 pages are in this category, out of 26 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Miss Porter's School – Miss Porter's School is a private college preparatory school for girls located in Farmington, Connecticut. It is a selective school that excels in academics and athletics. Its rate is 20 % with an Secondary School Admission Test score in the 92nd percentile. It was named the number one girls' boarding school by U.S. News. Porter's alumnae call themselves "Ancients". Miss Porter's School was established by reformer Sarah Porter, who recognized the importance of women's education. Also encouraged were such athletic opportunities as tennis, horseback riding, in 1867 the school formed its own baseball team, the Tunxises. In 1884, Sarah Porter hired her former student, Mary Elizabeth Dunning Dow, with whom she began to share more of her duties as Head of School. From then until her death in 1900, Miss Porter gradually relinquished her control of the school to Mrs. Dow. Mrs. Dow's compensation was also specified in the will. As executor, Dr. Keep began extensive repairs and renovations to the school. The conflict escalated and culminated in Mrs. Dow's resignation in 1903. Dr. After Dr.Miss Porter's School – Puellae venerunt. Abíerunt mulieres.
2. Princess Anastasia of Greece and Denmark – By 1880 the Stewart family had moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where it appears that May's mother died not long afterward, her father remarried. May was educated at home until the age of seventeen, when she was sent to the Miss Porter's School for young ladies in Farmington, Connecticut. She was soon introduced to high society. The marriage license inaccurately states that she was born in 1876, since Ohio law required that females be at least 18 years of age to marry. The couple lived as man and wife for four years, having no children. Since the original marriage was contracted under false pretences and while May was legally underage, annulment is plausible. This was also the previous one having ended in 1896, at which time he settled million dollars on his ex-wife. Nonie May and Leeds had one son, William Bateman Leeds, Jr. born on 19 September 1902. The wealthy, 30-year-old widow, soon to be known on the continent as "Nancy May Leeds", chose to remain in Europe, where she socialised among the aristocracy. Mrs. Leeds was a noted client of Cartier's, having her own hall in this famous jewellery shop. She started collecting valuable art and furniture. Their engagement was announced to the public in 1914 on the island of Capri. The wedding was delayed due to reservations within the Royal Family about the prince's marriage with an American commoner, twice married. After the First World War when the dynasty lived in much reduced circumstances, opposition to Prince Christopher's wealthy bride-to-be subsided. The Orthodox wedding took February 1920 six years after the engagement.Princess Anastasia of Greece and Denmark – Nancy Stewart Worthington Leeds, 1914
3. Edith Bouvier Beale – Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale was an American socialite, fashion model and cabaret performer. She was a first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill. Beale was born in the only daughter of Phelan Beale, the former Edith Ewing Bouvier. She was born at 917 Madison Avenue. She had two brothers, Phelan Beale, Jr. and Bouvier Beale, had a privileged upbringing. Beale graduated in 1935. She was a member of the Maidstone Country Club of East Hampton. She had her debut at the Pierre Hotel on New Year's Day 1936. While Beale was young, her mother pursued a career, playing at small venues and private parties. In 1946, he finally obtained a divorce, notifying his family by telephone from Mexico. In her youth, Little Edie was a clothes model at Macy's in New York and Palm Beach, Florida. She later claimed to have once been engaged to Jr.. In her youth, Beale ran away to Palm Beach, where she was found by her father and brought home. From 1947 to 1952, she lived in the Barbizon Hotel for Women. She believed she was on the verge of a big break into films in 1952 when she was 34.Edith Bouvier Beale – Edith Bouvier Beale
4. Brenda Frazier – Brenda Diana Duff Frazier was an American socialite popular during the Depression era. Her December 1938 debutante ball was heavily publicized worldwide, Frazier eventually appeared for that reason alone. Frazier's father, Frank Duff Frazier, came from a prosperous Boston family. The former Brenda Germaine Henshaw Williams-Taylor, was his wife, the former Jane Fayrer Henshaw. Frazier's parents were married in December 1916. Both of Frazier's parents drank heavily. At the time of her birth, Frazier's father went on an alcoholic bender and did not return home for months. After public fights and infidelity from both sides, the couple divorced in January 1926. In March 1926, Frazier's mother married Frederick N. Watriss with whom she had been having an affair. After Watriss' death, she married Henry Pierrepont Perry. Over the next eight years, Frazier's parents fought over custody of Brenda. Both attempted to gain sole custody by accusing the other of immoral behavior, alcoholism and being an unfit parent. During the battle, Frazier was largely spent the majority of her time at school or with her paternal grandmother. In 1933, a judge finally ruled that Frazier's parents would share custody. The judge appears to be any paragon of virtue in parenthood."Brenda Frazier – Brenda Frazier
5. Mamie Gummer – Mary Willa "Mamie" Gummer is an American actress. She played the recurring role of Nancy Crozier on The Good Wife. She has also appeared in the films Evening, Side Effects, Cake, the Flash. She was nominated in a Play for the original production of Ugly Lies the Bone. Gummer is the daughter of actress Meryl Streep and sculptor Don Gummer. As a young child, she appeared in Heartburn. Twenty months old at the time of filming, she received a positive review in the New York Times. In 2007, she received a Lucille Lortel nomination for her performance in Theresa Rebeck's The Water's Edge. Gummer made her motion-picture debut with a minor role in Lasse Hallström's The Hoax starring Richard Gere. In 2007, she starred in Michael Cunningham's film adaptation of Susan Minot's novel Evening playing her mother as a young woman. The film, directed by Lajos Koltai, featured Vanessa Redgrave, Claire Danes. She portrayed Sally Adams in the 2008 HBO mini series John Adams, which details the life of the second President of the United States. She made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award–nominated revival of Les liaisons dangereuses in 2008, for which she received critical praise. She also guest-starred on the CBS legal drama The Good Wife in the season 1 episode "Bad" portraying Nancy Crozier. Her character returned again on season 2 episodes "Cleaning House" and "Getting Off".Mamie Gummer – Gummer in the 2010 Heart Truth fashion show
6. Dorothy Bush Koch – Dorothy Walker Bush Koch, often called "Doro", is an American author and philanthropist. Dorothy Walker Bush was born in Harris County, Texas. George H. W. Bush, served as the 41st President of the United States and her mother, Barbara Bush, was the First Lady. She was named after Dorothy Walker Bush. George W. Bush, served as the 43rd President of the United States. Her other four siblings are Jeb Bush, Neil Bush, Pauline Robinson Bush, who died of leukemia in 1953. Since she was a child, she has spent holidays at the Bush compound, a sprawling estate in Kennebunkport, Maine. She was educated at Miss Porter's School, a private all-girl college school in Farmington, Connecticut. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College in 1982. She serves as an fundraiser for charities and other non-profit organizations. She currently serves as co-chair of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy along with her brother Jeb Bush. She has also served as a fundraiser for her brother's presidential campaigns. She is the author of My Father, My President: A Personal Account of the Life of George H.W. Bush. She sponsored the commission of her father's namesake. On January 2009, she gave the first orders to the ship's company at Norfolk, Virginia.Dorothy Bush Koch – Dorothy Bush Koch at the 2006 Texas Book Festival.
7. Ruth Hanna McCormick – Ruth McCormick Simms was a United States Representative from Illinois and active in the women's suffrage movement. McCormick was born in Cleveland, Ohio where she attended Hathaway Brown School. Later, she attended The School in Farmington, Connecticut. She was the president of the Rockford Consolidated Newspapers in Rockford, Illinois. In 1903 she married Joseph "Medill" McCormick. Katrina McCormick, who married Courtland Dixon Barnes, Jr. John Medill McCormick, called "Johnny," died in a mountain-climbing accident in 1938. Medill served on February 25, 1925. Although not publicized as such at the time, his death was considered a suicide. She was an active worker for the suffrage amendment from 1913 until the United States Constitution was amended. From 1913 to 1914, she served as head of the Congressional Committee for the National American Woman Suffrage Association. She took from Alice Paul, who went on to form the Congressional Union as a national suffrage organization. She was not a candidate for renomination in 1930 since she received the Republican nomination for United States Senator in which election she was unsuccessful. She resumed her newspaper interests. In 1932, she resided in New Mexico. She moved to New Mexico with Simms to a ranch in northern Albuquerque.Ruth Hanna McCormick – Ruth Hanna McCormick
8. Dina Merrill – Dina Merrill is an American actress, socialite, businesswoman and philanthropist. Merrill was born in New York City on December 1923, although for many years her year of birth was given as 1925. She is her second husband, the Wall Street stockbroker Edward Francis Hutton. Merrill had two older half-sisters, Adelaide Breevort Hutton and Eleanor Post Hutton, to Edward Bennett Close. In April 2005, she received a lifetime award from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. On advice from her half-sister's husband, she adopted the name Dina Merrill, borrowing from Charles E. Merrill, a famous stockbroker like her father. Merrill made her debut The Mermaid Singing in 1945. She also appeared in Darkness, The Lonely Profession, Family Flight and The Tenth Month. She also made guest appearances on The Love Boat. Her stage credits include the 1983 Broadway revival of the Rodgers & Hart musical On Your Toes, starring prima ballerina Natalia Makarova. In 1991, she appeared in the rotating cast of the staged reading of Wit & Wisdom. In 1991, Ted Hartley, merged their company, Pavilion Communications, with RKO to form RKO Pictures. Merrill has been married three times. In 1946, she wed Jr. an heir to the Colgate-Palmolive toothpaste fortune and an entrepreneur. Two of Merrill's four children predeceased their parents -- David died in 1973; Heather died of cancer in 2007.Dina Merrill – Publicity photo of Merrill in 1968
9. Mary Anne Mohanraj – Mary Anne Amirthi Mohanraj is an American writer, editor, academic of Sri Lankan birth. Mohanraj was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka but grew up in New Britain, Connecticut. Just before she was to go, her father received a telegram. "Don't send her. There's trouble coming." He cancelled the trip. As she later wrote, It's called Black July in Sri Lanka. Riots erupted in Colombo, the capital city, killing thousands of Tamils, the group to which I belong. Brutal chaos ensued – friends of mine who were there tell horrifying stories. They saw tires put around men's necks, saw them lit on fire. They saw children dragged from their homes, pulled from cars to be raped and killed in the street. The stories haunt my fiction. Whether I'm writing fantasy or science fiction, I keep coming back to the war in Sri Lanka. I keep thinking about the life I would have had, if my parents had made different choices. If we had stayed there, been killed in the riots.Mary Anne Mohanraj – Mary Anne Amirthi Mohanraj
10. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – Bouvier was the elder daughter of Wall Street stockbroker John Vernou Bouvier III and socialite Janet Lee Bouvier. In 1952, Bouvier met Congressman John F. Kennedy at a dinner party. Shortly after, he was elected to the United States Senate and the couple married the following year. They had four children, two of whom died in infancy. As First Lady, she aided her husband's administration with her presence in social events and with her highly-publicized restoration of the White House. On November 22, 1963, she was riding with him in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, when he was assassinated. She and her children withdrew from public view after his funeral, she married Aristotle Onassis in 1968. Following her second husband's death in 1975, she had a career as a book editor for the final two decades of her life. She is remembered to the arts and preservation of historic architecture, well as for her style, grace. Her father had English ancestry. Named after her father, Bouvier was baptized at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan; she was raised in the Catholic faith. Her younger sister Lee was born in 1933. Bouvier spent her early childhood years in Manhattan and at Lasata, the Bouviers' country estate in East Hampton on Long Island. She idolized her father, who likewise favored her over her sister, calling his eldest child "the most beautiful daughter a man ever had". From an early age, Bouvier was an enthusiastic equestrienne and successfully competed in the sport; horse-riding would remain a lifelong passion.Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – Jacqueline Kennedy at the White House in 1961
11. Cissy Patterson – Eleanor Josephine Medill "Cissy" Patterson was an American journalist and newspaper editor, publisher and owner. Patterson was one of the first women to head a major daily newspaper, the Washington Times-Herald in Washington, D.C. Elinor Josephine Patterson was born in Chicago, Illinois, on November 7, 1881, to the daughter of Robert and Elinor "Nellie" Patterson. Joseph Medill Patterson, was the founder of the New York Daily News. She was educated at Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut. When Robert S. McCormick was named ambassador to Austria-Hungary, she accompanied him and his wife, Cissy's maternal aunt Kate, to Vienna. In Washington, she was a leading light in society, where the press labeled Alice Roosevelt, Cissy the "Three Graces." They were married in Washington on April 14, 1904 despite her family's objections. A daughter was named Felicia Leonora. Cissy went to his home, a huge feudal manor in Russian Poland. Their life did not go well. Eventually Cissy set herself on leaving. Cissy filed for divorce, which took thirteen years to obtain. She returned to Washington in 1913. In 1920, her brother Joseph finally succumbed to his sister's entreaties and founded the previous year.Cissy Patterson – Eleanor "Cissy" Patterson
12. Lilly Pulitzer – Lillian Pulitzer Rousseau, better known as Lilly Pulitzer, was an American socialite and fashion designer. She founded Inc. which produces clothing and other such wares featuring bright, colorful, floral prints. As the brand is popular with high society, she was called the "Queen of Prep". Lillian Lee "Lilly" McKim was born to socialites Robert V. McKim and his wife, Lillian in Roslyn, the middle daughter of three. Her elder sister was named her younger sister was Florence Fitch. Lillian Bostwick McKim was an heiress to the Standard Oil fortune. Lillian remarried, to Ogden Phipps, in 1937. She attended the Chapin School in New York City, along with Bouvier sister Jacqueline Lee. In 1949, she graduated in Farmington, Connecticut. Husband Peter Pulitzer settled in Palm Beach, Florida, shortly after their marriage. Born to an heiress of the Standard Oil fortune, she married the grandson of Joseph Pulitzer -- the publisher synonymous with the Pulitzer Prize. In the course of working at the stand, Pulitzer found that squeezing juice made a mess of her clothes. Seeking to camouflage the juice stains, she designed a sleeveless dress made of bright, colorful printed cotton. She found out that customers loved her dress, so she produced more in order to sell them at her stand. Eventually, she decided to focus on designing and selling what had become known as her "Lillys".Lilly Pulitzer – A Lilly Pulitzer store at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
13. Theodate Pope Riddle – Theodate Pope Riddle was an American architect. She was one of the first American women architects as well as a survivor of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. When Effie was 19, she changed her name to Theodate in honor of her grandmother Theodate Stackpole. She graduated from Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut and later hired faculty members to tutor her privately in architecture. She designed Hill-Stead, the estate in Farmington, founded the famous Avon Old Farms School in Avon, well as Westover School. Among her best-known architectural commissions was the 1920 reconstruction of the birthplace in New York City of former President Theodore Roosevelt. Theodate Pope was a member of the Architectural League of New York, the Archaeological Institute of America, the Mediaeval Academy of America. After the ship was torpedoed by a German submarine on May 7, Pope, Robinson, Friend made for the lifeboats. Pope saw one tip into the sea. Pope and Friend decided that it would be a better idea to jump from the deck. Before jumping, Theodate turned to her maid saying, "Come, Robinson." In the water, Pope was buffeted by debris and struggling swimmers. She was struck on the head by debris. "me were struggling," she later recalled. Then a man "insane with fright" made "a sudden jump and landed clean on my shoulders, believing I could support him."Theodate Pope Riddle – Hill-Stead Museum
14. Janet Auchincloss Rutherfurd – Janet Jennings Auchincloss Rutherfurd was an American socialite. She was also the half-sister of actress Caroline Lee Bouvier. Janet was the daughter of stockbroker Hugh Dudley Auchincloss, socialite Janet Norton Lee. Her younger brother is James Lee Auchincloss. Janet Auchincloss made her debut in 1963. She studied in McLean, Virginia, Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut, the alma mater of her half-sisters Jacqueline and Lee. She went on to study history at Sarah Lawrence College. She briefly dated future Secretary of State John Kerry. On July 1966, she married Lewis Polk Rutherfurd, a recent graduate of Princeton University and future financier. The couple moved to Hong Kong, where she later founded an overseas chapter of the League of Women Voters. Her husband later married Katharine duPont Sanger on June 1989.Janet Auchincloss Rutherfurd – Family
15. Eliza Osgood Vanderbilt Webb – Eliza Osgood Vanderbilt Webb, a.k.a. Lila Vanderbilt Webb, was an American heiress. Eliza Osgood Vanderbilt was born in 1860. She was the youngest daughter and seventh child of Maria Louisa Kissam Vanderbilt. Her grandfather was Cornelius Vanderbilt. She attended Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut. With her US$ million inheritance, Vanderbilt bought and developed Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont in 1899. She planned meals, hired servants, took care of the interior decorating and garden design. She entertained until her death in 1936. During his 1909 visit to Shelburne Farms, President William Howard Taft said her husband was absent because he was drunk. In April 1923, Vanderbilt built a house in Palm Beach, Florida. Later, she built another house in Florida. In 1881, Vanderbilt married William Seward Webb, they had four children: Frederica Vanderbilt Webb, James Watson Webb, Sr. William Seward Webb, Jr. and Vanderbilt Webb. She enjoyed playing contract bridge, gardening, traveling and reading. She was one of the female members of the Everglades Club in Palm Beach, Florida.Eliza Osgood Vanderbilt Webb – Eliza Osgood Vanderbilt Webb
16. Gloria Vanderbilt – Gloria Laura Vanderbilt is an American artist, author, actress, fashion designer, heiress, socialite. As an adult in the 1970s, Gloria Laura Vanderbilt became known with a line of fashions, perfumes and household goods bearing her name. Vanderbilt was particularly noted as an early developer of designer blue jeans. Vanderbilt is a member of the mother of CNN television anchor Anderson Cooper. When Gloria was born, her father was heard to exclaim in delight, "It is fantastic how Vanderbilt she looks! See the corners of her eyes, how they turn up?" Vanderbilt was baptized by Bishop Herbert Shipman as Gloria Laura Vanderbilt. After her father's death, Vanderbilt was raised in the Catholic Church, to which her mother belonged. To Cathleen Neilson, Vanderbilt had a half-sister, Cathleen Vanderbilt. As a result of frequent spending, her mother's use of finances was scrutinized by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Whitney wanted custody of her niece, which resulted in a famous custody trial. Some people heard wailing inside the court room. Testimony was heard depicting the mother as an unfit parent; Vanderbilt's mother lost Vanderbilt became the ward of her aunt Gertrude. Litigation continued, however. Visitation was also closely watched to ensure that Vanderbilt's mother did not exert any undue influence upon her daughter with her supposedly "raucous" lifestyle.Gloria Vanderbilt – Gloria Vanderbilt in 1958 (age 34). Photo by Carl Van Vechten.