Category:Miss Porter's School alumni
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The following 28 pages are in this category, out of 28 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 28 pages are in this category, out of 28 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Miss Porter's School – Miss Porters School is a private college preparatory school for girls located in Farmington, Connecticut. It is a school that excels in academics and athletics. Its acceptance rate is 20% with an average Secondary School Admission Test score in the 92nd percentile, Miss Porters School was established in 1843 by education reformer Sarah Porter, who recognized the importance of womens education. Also encouraged were such athletic opportunities as tennis, horseback riding, and in 1867 the school formed its own baseball team, the Tunxises. In 1884, Sarah Porter hired her former student, Mary Elizabeth Dunning Dow, from then until her death in 1900, Miss Porter gradually relinquished her control of the school to Mrs. Dow. Upon Sarah Porters death in 1900, her named her nephew Dr. Robert Porter Keep as executor of her estate. Mrs. Dows compensation was also specified in the will, Keep began extensive repairs and renovations to the school. The conflict escalated and culminated in Mrs. Dows resignation in 1903, Keep succumbed to pneumonia and died on July 3,1904, Mrs. Keep continued his legacy of renovation and construction. Of her many legacies was her establishment of a kindergarten for children of her employees, the kindergarten, on Garden Street, is now home to the Village Cooperative Nursery School, and is no longer connected with Miss Porters School. From 1917 until the schools Centennial, in 1943, he and his wife, RoseAnne Day Keep, Mr. Keep appointed members to the first Board of Trustees including, Wilmarth S. Lewis, Yales Horace Walpole scholar Annie Burr Auchincloss Lewis 1920 The Rev. Only then did the school dismiss its reputation as a finishing school and this year also ended the tradition of choosing a successive Head of School from the Porter family tree. Chosen to take the school into its second century were Ward L. Johnson, on June 12,1994, Oprah Winfrey gave the commencement address, telling the graduating class, which included her niece Chrishaunda Lee, that there is no success without joy. Oprah Winfrey modeled her Leadership Academy for Girls after Porters, classes at Porters are held Monday through Friday, although Wednesday is a half day. Porters has a ratio of about 8,1. Students are required to take courses in the arts, computer science, English, ethical leadership, history, modern or classical languages, mathematics, typically, students take a total of five to six units of credit per semester. On May 19,2011, the Online School for Girls announced that Miss Porters School and School of the Holy Child in Rye, three Porters faculty members are currently listed as teachers on the OSG website. In 2011, Porters began requiring that each entering 9th grade student own an Apple iPad 2, the fall semester of that year saw the beginning of full integration of the iPad into the schools curriculum. Porters stopped requiring iPads after the 2015-2016 school year. Director of Music Karl Klauser, music teacher and composer, taught at the school from 1855 to 1895, Head of the Art Department Robert B
2. Princess Anastasia of Greece and Denmark – By 1880 the Stewart family had moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where it appears that Mays mother died not long afterward, and her father remarried. May was educated at home until the age of seventeen, when she was sent to the Miss Porters School for young ladies in Farmington and she was soon introduced to high society. As Nonie May Stewart, on 1 October 1894 in Cleveland, she married George Ely Worthington, son of Ralph Worthington, 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 husband 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. On 3 August 1900 Miss Nonie May Worthington married for the time in Cleveland. This was also Leeds second marriage, the one having ended in 1896. Nonie May and Leeds had one son, William Bateman Leeds, Leeds died in 1908 in Paris, France, leaving a fortune estimated at 35 million dollars and a reputation as Americas Tin King based on his financial success in plating and marketing that metal. The wealthy, 30-year-old widow, soon to be known on the continent as Nancy May Leeds, chose to remain in Europe, mrs. Leeds was a noted client of Cartiers, having her own hall in this famous jewellery shop. She started collecting art and furniture. Leeds, who was four years his senior, in Biarritz, France in 1914 where they fell in love. 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 princes marriage with an American commoner who had been twice married. After the First World War when the dynasty went into exile and lived in reduced circumstances. The Orthodox wedding took place on 1 February 1920 in Vevey, Switzerland, four days later the bride joined the Greek Orthodox church taking, as was usual, a new Christian name, Anastasia. Henceforth she was officially styled HRH Princess Anastasia of Greece, however, the U. S. press continued to refer to her as the Tin Plate Heiress, the Dollar Princess or the Million Dollar Princess. When Princess Anastasias 19-year-old son, William B, Leeds, Jr. married her husbands 18-year-old niece, Princess Xenia Georgievna of Russia, in 1921, she is said to have objected because of the couples youth. She denied rumors that her son would be given a title by the King, Leeds and Princess Xenia Georgievna were married in Paris, raised a family in the United States, and divorced in New York in March 1930. Shortly after her marriage to Prince Christopher, Anastasia was diagnosed with cancer and she died three years later in 1923 at Spencer House, London. According to her will, her remains were returned to the United States and she was buried with her parents in the mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx
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 and she is most known for her participation, along with her mother, with whom she lived, in the 1975 documentary film Grey Gardens by Albert and David Maysles. Beale was born in New York City, the daughter of Phelan Beale, a lawyer. She was born at 917 Madison Avenue and she had two brothers, Phelan Beale, Jr. and Bouvier Beale, and had a privileged upbringing. Beale attended The Spence School and graduated from Miss Porters School in 1935 and she was a member of the Maidstone Country Club of East Hampton. She had her debut at the Pierre Hotel on New Years Day 1936, the New York Times reported on the event, where she wore a gown of white net appliqued in silver and a wreath of gardenias in her hair. While Beale was young, her mother pursued a career, hiring an accompanist and playing at small venues. In Summer 1931, Phelan Beale separated from his wife, leaving Big Edie, then 35 years old, dependent on the Bouviers for the care of herself, in 1946, he finally obtained a divorce, notifying his family by telephone from Mexico. In her youth, Little Edie was a model at Macys in New York and Palm Beach. She later claimed to have dated J. Paul Getty and to have once been engaged to Joe Kennedy, Jr. During the 1961 inauguration of John F. Kennedy, she told Joe Kennedy, Sr. that, if young Joe had lived, 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 and she believed she was on the verge of a big break into films in 1952 when she was 34. She said she had offers from MGM and Paramount, and that her career was set to take off. She also said that men, like Howard Hughes and J. Paul Getty, had asked her to marry them. The relationship is depicted in the 2009 HBO bio film Grey Gardens, Big Edith Beale alludes to that married man during an argument with her daughter in the documentary in which she says, That married man was not going to give you any chance at all. When she was in her late 30s, Beale developed alopecia totalis which caused her hair to fall out. But Beales cousin John Davis claims Edie once climbed a tree at the house and set her hair on fire, the home had been purchased for Big Edie in 1923 when it still had one of the finest gardens on the East Coast. In a 1980 letter to her nephew Bouvier Beale Jr. Beale claimed that, When my Grandfather died, jack B. had only one objective—to grab the Bouvier fund to invest for his daughters and he did
4. Brenda Frazier – Brenda Diana Duff Frazier was an American socialite popular during the Depression era. Her December 1938 debutante ball was so heavily publicized worldwide, she appeared on the cover of Life magazine for that reason alone. She was known and dubbed as a Poor Little Rich Girl by the media, together with socialites and other famous debutantes Barbara Hutton, Gloria Vanderbilt, Frazier was born in Quebec, Canada. Her father, Frank Duff Frazier, came from a prosperous Boston family and her mother, the former Brenda Germaine Henshaw Williams-Taylor, was the only daughter of Sir Frederick Williams-Taylor and his wife, the former Jane Fayrer Henshaw. Fraziers parents were married in December 1916, both of Fraziers parents drank heavily. At the time of her birth, Fraziers father went on an alcoholic bender, after public fights and infidelity from both sides, the couple divorced in January 1926. In March 1926, Fraziers 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, Fraziers 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 custody battle, she was ignored by both parents and spent the majority of her time at school or with her paternal grandmother. In 1933, a judge ruled that Fraziers parents would share custody. The judge stated, Neither parents appears to have been in the past, nor appears to be now, a month after the decision was handed down, Frank Frazier died of throat cancer. Although Frazier had shown promise in music and art, she lamented that she had never been given a chance to let those talents develop. The year before her 1938 debut, she was attending a school in Munich. She had begged her mother to let her stay there and continue to study, but her mother refused, with her mothers blessing, Frazier began appearing at café society functions and was regularly photographed and featured in the society pages of magazines and newspapers at the age of 12. By the time she was a teenager, the press and public began taking a keen interest in wealthy members of society who had not lost their fortunes due to the Wall Street Crash of 1929. The press eventually began calling them Glamour Girls, Frazier began to gain attention as a teenager after columnist Walter Winchell began writing about her, he reportedly coined the portmanteau celebutante in her honor. Cholly Knickerbockers prediction boosted Fraziers profile and her debutante ball became one of the most anticipated social events of 1938. Frazier was routinely photographed and popularized the famous “white-face” look, powdered white skin contrasted by red painted lips combined with perfectly coiffed dark hair, during this time, Frazier developed anorexia and bulimia to keep her weight down
5. Mamie Gummer – Mary Willa Mamie Gummer is an American actress. She starred in the role of The CW series Emily Owens, M. D. She has also appeared in the films Evening, Side Effects, Cake, and Ricki and she was nominated for the 2016 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for the original production of Ugly Lies the Bone. Gummer was born in New York City, New York, and is the daughter of actress Meryl Streep, as a young child, she appeared with her mother in Heartburn. Twenty months old at the time of filming, she received a review in the New York Times. After graduating from college in 2005, she made her debut alongside Michael C. Hall in the premiere of Noah Haidles Mr. Marmalade. In 2007, she received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for her performance in Theresa Rebecks The Waters Edge, Gummer made her motion-picture debut as an adult with a minor role in Lasse Hallströms The Hoax, starring Richard Gere. In 2007, she starred with her mother in Michael Cunninghams film adaptation of Susan Minots novel Evening, playing her mother as a young woman, the film, directed by Lajos Koltai, featured Vanessa Redgrave, Glenn Close, and Claire Danes. She portrayed Sally Adams in the 2008 HBO mini series John Adams and 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 and her character returned again on season 2 episodes Cleaning House and Getting Off. In 2010, she starred in The Lightkeepers with Richard Dreyfuss, Tom Wisdom, Blythe Danner, starting in 2011, she starred in the ABC medical show Off the Map with Zach Gilford and Valerie Cruz. The show was created by Jenna Bans and Shonda Rhimes, in 2012, she starred in the CWs Emily Owens, M. D. The series was canceled early during its first season, but the continued to air the rest of its 13-episode order. Starting in 2015, she began a role in the WGN America series Manhattan. On February 1,2016, it was announced that Gummer had joined the cast of the Amazon series The Collection as a regular in the role of Helen Sabine. After a year and a half of dating, Gummer became engaged to actor Benjamin Walker in October 2009 and they married in July 2011 at her parents home in Connecticut, and resided in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York City. In March 2013, it was announced that Gummer and Walker had amicably separated, Gummer has been involved with charities such as Womens Refugee Commission and the Nomi Network. Her father is of Norwegian and English descent and her mother has German, Swiss-German, English, and Irish ancestry
6. Agnes Gund – Agnes Gund, is an American philanthropist, art patron and collector, and advocate for arts education. She is founding trustee of the Agnes Gund Foundation and President Emerita of the Museum of Modern Art and she is also Chairman of MoMA PS1. In 2011, Gund was nominated by President Barack Obama as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Council on the Arts, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, Gund is a member of one of Clevelands more prominent families. Her father, George Gund II, was president and chairman of Cleveland Trust when it was Ohios largest bank, born in 1938, she is the second oldest of six children. Two of her brothers, Gordon Gund and George Gund, partners in Gund Investment Corporation, were the owners of the San Jose Sharks. Agnes Gund became passionately interested in art while a 15-year-old student at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut. “I had an art history teacher who didn’t just give you the artist’s name. Later Gund attended Connecticut College for Women, where she received a degree in history. She received her masters degree in art history from Harvard’s Fogg Museum, Gund was married to Albrecht Brec Saalfield, an heir to the Saalfield Publishing Company of Akron, Ohio. They had four children, David, Catherine, Jessica and Anna, after their divorce, Gund was single for some years before marrying attorney and Hunter College philosophy instructor Daniel Shapiro on June 13,1987. Agnes Gund resides in New York City, Gund joined the MoMA International Council in 1967, she then joined the Board in 1976 and served as its President from 1991 until 2002. In January 2012, Ms. Gund was appointed member of the New York State Council on the Arts and she is co-founder of the Center for Curatorial Leadership and is an Honorary Trustee of the Independent Curators International and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland. Paul Getty Trust, the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, the Frick Collection, the Fund for Public Schools and she is a regular contributor on the arts to the Huffington Post. In 1997, Gund received the National Medal of Arts from President President Bill Clinton, the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the U. S. government. Now in its decade, Studio in a School has introduced the visual arts to more than 800,000 students in the five boroughs. Every year, more than 80 professional artists devote some 45,000 hours to nearly 30,000 pre-k through high school students, about 90 percent of all children who participate in Studio programs come from low-income homes. Her personal collection of 2,000 artworks is distributed between her New York apartment and her Connecticut country house and her collection consists of paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints and furniture, with an exceptionally rich compilation of drawings. Her collection also includes West African and Chinese terra cottas and classical Chinese furniture and she has donated some 250 works to MoMA, numerous works to the Cleveland Museum of Art, and has given or loaned various pieces to museums around the country
7. Dorothy Bush Koch – Dorothy Walker Bush Koch, often called Doro, is an American author and philanthropist. She is the daughter of the 41st President of the United States George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush, and the youngest sibling of George W. Bush, Dorothy Walker Bush was born on August 18,1959, in Harris County, Texas. Her father, George H. W. Bush, served as the 41st President of the United States and her mother and she was named after her paternal grandmother, Dorothy Walker Bush. Her brother, George W. Bush, served as the 43rd President of the United States and her other four siblings are Jeb Bush, Neil Bush, Marvin Bush, and Pauline Robinson Bush, who died of leukemia in 1953. Since she was a child, she has spent summers and holidays at the Bush compound and she was educated at Miss Porters School, a private all-girl college-preparatory school in Farmington, Connecticut. In 1975, during a visit to Beijing, she became the first person baptized in the Peoples Republic of China since its government began discouraging foreign religious practices in 1949. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Boston College in 1982 and she serves as an event-organizer and fundraiser for charities and other nonprofit organizations. She currently serves as co-chair of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy along with her brother Jeb and she has also served as a pioneer fundraiser for her brothers presidential campaigns. She is the author of the book My Father, My President and she sponsored the commission of USS George H. W. Bush, her fathers namesake. On January 10,2009, she gave the first orders to the company at Norfolk. In 1982, she married William Heekin LeBlond and they had two children, Samuel Bush and Nancy Ellis. In June 1992, she married Robert P. Koch, the wedding took place at Camp David. They have two children, Robert David and Georgia Grace, Robert P. Koch was an aide to House Democratic leader Richard Gephardt, and is a lobbyist and president of the Wine Institute. He has an equity interest in Central European Distribution Corp. a company that manufactures and distributes vodka in Poland. She resides in Bethesda, Maryland, with her family, media related to Dorothy Bush Koch at Wikimedia Commons
8. Ruth Hanna McCormick – Ruth McCormick Simms was a United States Representative from Illinois and active in the womens suffrage movement. McCormick was born in Cleveland, Ohio where she attended Hathaway Brown School, later, she attended The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York and the Miss Porters School in Farmington, Connecticut. She owned and operated a dairy and breeding farm near Byron, Illinois and was the publisher and president of the Rockford Consolidated Newspapers in Rockford, in 1903 she married Joseph Medill McCormick. Katrina McCormick, who married Courtland Dixon Barnes, Jr. John Medill McCormick, called Johnny, Medill served in both the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate prior to his death at age 48 on February 25,1925. Although not publicized as such at the time, his death was considered a suicide and 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 and she took over leadership from Alice Paul, who went on to form the Congressional Union as a separate national suffrage organization. During her time as leader of the Congressional Committee, she produced an eight-reel melodrama Your Girl and Mine, McCormick was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-first Congress and served from March 4,1929 to March 3,1931 for the House of Representatives, at-large from Illinois. 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. In 1932, she married Albert Gallatin Simms, of New Mexico and she moved to New Mexico with Simms to a ranch in northern Albuquerque. The property would become Los Poblanos, designed by John Gaw Meem in the Pueblo Revival Style, in 1932, she founded Sandia School, later becoming the Sandia Preparatory School. In 1938, she founded Manzano Day School, Albuquerque Academy’s land was donated by the Simms’ and Albuquerque Little Theatre was also founded by Ruth. She ran a station and two newspapers in this period and later purchased a 250, 000–acre cattle and sheep ranch in Colorado. She developed pancreatitis following a fall from a horse in 1944 and she was buried in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Womans Worlds Fair United States Congress, biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Ruth Hanna McCormick, A Life in Politics, 1880-1944, Albuquerque, University of New Mexico Press,1992. “Ruth Hanna McCormick and the Senatorial Election of 1930. ”McCormick unsung heroine in U. S. politics, unpublished Dissertation, New York University,2003. Ruth Hanna McCormick at Find a Grave
9. Dina Merrill – Dina Merrill is an American actress, socialite, businesswoman and philanthropist. Merrill was born in New York City on December 29,1923 and she is the only child of Post Cereals heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and her second husband, the Wall Street stockbroker Edward Francis Hutton. Merrill had two older half-sisters, Adelaide Breevort Hutton and Eleanor Post Hutton, by her mothers first marriage, to Edward Bennett Close. Merrill attended George Washington University in Washington, D. C. for one term, then dropped out and she received a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in April 2005. On advice from her half-sisters husband, she adopted the stage name Dina Merrill, borrowing from Charles E. Merrill, Merrill made her debut on the stage in the play The Mermaid Singing in 1945. During the late 1950s and 1960s, Merrill was believed to have intentionally been marketed as a replacement to Grace Kelly and she also appeared in made-for-TV movies, such as Seven in Darkness, The Lonely Profession, Family Flight and The Tenth Month. Merrill appeared regularly as a guest star on television series in the 1960s, notably as a villain, Calamity Jan. She also made guest appearances on Bonanza, The Love Boat and her stage credits include the 1983 Broadway revival of the Rodgers & Hart musical On Your Toes, starring Russian prima ballerina Natalia Makarova. In 1991, she appeared in the rotating cast of the staged reading of Wit & Wisdom. In 1991, Merrill and her husband, Ted Hartley, merged their company, Pavilion Communications. Merrill has been married three times, in 1946 she wed Stanley M. Rumbough, Jr. an heir to the Colgate-Palmolive toothpaste fortune and an entrepreneur. Two of Merrills four children predeceased their parents – David died in a accident in 1973. Dina Merrill at the Internet Movie Database In Step with, Dina Merrill, news. google. com, Cliff Robertson & Dina Merrill Take Stock and Are Bullish on the Outcome People Magazine 1981-07-31
10. Mary Anne Mohanraj – Mary Anne Amirthi Mohanraj is an American writer, editor, and academic of Sri Lankan birth. Mohanraj was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka but moved to the United States at the age of two and grew up in New Britain, Connecticut, just before she was to go, her father received a telegram. As she later wrote, Its called Black July in Sri Lanka, riots erupted in Colombo, the capital city, killing thousands of Tamils, the ethnic minority group, the group to which I belong. Brutal chaos ensued – friends of mine who were there tell horrifying stories and they saw tires put around mens necks, saw them lit on fire. They saw women and children dragged from their homes, pulled from cars to be raped and killed in the street, I saw none of this, but the stories haunt my fiction. Whether Im writing mainstream lit or 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, and been killed in the riots, if I had gotten on that plane. If we had fled, as so many of my aunts and uncles did, instead, Mohanraj attended Miss Porters School and the University of Chicago and graduated with a degree in English Literature in 1993. She holds an MFA from Mills College and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Utah and she also attended the Clarion West Writing Workshop in 1997. Mohanraj has taught at Salt Lake Community College, the University of Utah, from September 2005 to June 2007, she was a Visiting Professor in the MFA Program at Roosevelt University. From 2007 to 2008, she was a Visiting Professor at Northwestern University and she taught at the Clarion Workshop in July 2008. Since 2008, she has worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago and she was Associate Coordinator of Asian and Asian American Studies at UIC from 2009 to 2014. Her novel-in-stories, Bodies in Motion, received a mention from the 2007 Asian American Literary Awards and was named a USA Today notable book. In 2006, Mohanraj received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose and she was the co-founder and editor-in-chief for Clean Sheets, an online magazine of erotica, from 1998 to 2000. In 2000 she helped found Strange Horizons, where she was the editor-in-chief through 2003, Mohanraj founded and is Executive Director of the biennial Kriti Festival, a celebration of South Asian and diaspora literature and arts, founded in 2005. As of 2013, she is Editor-in-Chief of Jaggery, A DesiLit Arts, Mohanrajs writing frequently explores issues of cultural identity. She has noted in interviews that she feels the complexity of issues in her own life, When people ask me what my identity is. I could say I was raised Catholic but now Im agnostic, I could say Ive been called a queer, because although Ive been with a man the past 17 years, Im bisexual
11. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – Jacqueline Lee Jackie Kennedy Onassis was the wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and First Lady of the United States from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Bouvier was the daughter of Wall Street stockbroker John Vernou Bouvier III. In 1951, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French literature from George Washington University, in 1952, Bouvier met Congressman John F. Kennedy at a dinner party. In November of that year, he was elected as a United States Senator from Massachusetts, and they had four children, two of whom died in infancy. As First Lady, she was known for her highly publicized restoration of the White House and her emphasis on arts, on November 22,1963, she was riding with the President in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, when he was assassinated. She and her children withdrew from view after his funeral. Following her second death in 1975, she had a career as a book editor for the final two decades of her life. She is remembered for her contributions to the arts and preservation of historic architecture, as well as for her style, elegance. She was an icon, and her famous ensemble of pink Chanel suit. She ranks as one of the most popular First Ladies and in 1999 was named on Gallups list of Most Admired Men and Women in 20th-century America. Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was born on July 28,1929, at Southampton Hospital in Southampton, New York, to Wall Street stockbroker John Vernou Black Jack Bouvier III, Bouviers mother was of Irish descent, and her father had French, Scottish, and English ancestry. Named after her father, Bouvier was baptized at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan and her younger sister Lee was born in 1933. Bouvier spent her childhood years in Manhattan and at Lasata. She idolized her father, who favored her over her sister. From an early age, Bouvier was an equestrienne and successfully competed in the sport. She also took lessons, was an avid reader, and excelled at learning languages. Bouvier enrolled in the Chapin School in Manhattan in 1935, which she attended for grades 1–6. She was a student but often misbehaved, one of her teachers described her as a darling child, the prettiest little girl, very clever, very artistic
12. 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, Elinor Josephine Patterson was born in Chicago, Illinois, on November 7,1881, to the daughter of Robert and Elinor Nellie Patterson. She would change the spelling of her first name to Eleanor as an adult, but would always be known as Cissy, the name her brother gave her in childhood. Her grandfather, Joseph Medill, was Mayor of Chicago and owned the Chicago Tribune and her older brother, Joseph Medill Patterson, was the founder of the New York Daily News. She was educated at Miss Porters School in Farmington, Connecticut, when her uncle Robert S. McCormick was named ambassador to Austria-Hungary, she accompanied him and his wife, Cissys maternal aunt Kate, to Vienna. There she met Count Josef Gizycki and fell in love him, a romance not interrupted even by her return to America. In Washington, she was a light in society, where the press labeled Alice Roosevelt, Marguerite Cassini. Count Gizycki came to America and they were married in Washington on April 14,1904 despite her familys objections, a daughter was born to them September 3,1905, and was named Felicia Leonora. Cissy went with the Count to his home, a feudal manor in Russian Poland. Their family life did not go well and they separated and then rejoined several times, but eventually Cissy set herself on leaving. She kidnapped their child, hiding her in a house near London, Cissy filed for divorce, which took thirteen years to obtain. After her experience abroad, she moved to Lake Forest, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, in 1920, her brother Joseph finally succumbed to his sisters entreaties and allowed her to write for his New York Daily News, founded the previous year. She also worked for William Randolph Hearst and she published two novels, romans à clef, Glass Houses and Fall Flight, part of her feud with former friend Alice Roosevelt Longworth. In 1925, Eleanor married Elmer Schlesinger, a New York lawyer and he died four years later and in 1930, Mrs. Schlesinger legally changed her name to Mrs. Eleanor Medill Patterson. Patterson tried to buy Hearsts two Washington papers, the morning Washington Herald and the evening Washington Times, however, Hearst hated to sell anything, even when he needed the money. Although he had never made money from his Washington papers, he refused to give up the prestige of owning papers in the capital, however, at the urging of his editor Arthur Brisbane, Hearst agreed to make Patterson the papers editor. She began work on August 1,1930, Patterson was a hands-on editor who insisted on the best of everything—writing, layout, typography, images, and comics. She encouraged society reporting and the page and hired many women as reporters including Adela Rogers St. Johns
13. Lilly Pulitzer – Lillian Pulitzer Rousseau, better known as Lilly Pulitzer, was an American socialite and fashion designer. She founded Lilly Pulitzer, Inc. which produces clothing and other such wares featuring bright, colorful, 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, New York in 1931 and her elder sister was named Mary Maude, and her younger sister was Florence Fitch. Her mother, Lillian Bostwick McKim was an heiress to the Standard Oil fortune, Robert and Lillian McKim divorced, and 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 from Miss Porters School in Farmington, Connecticut. Lilly and husband Peter Pulitzer settled in Palm Beach, Florida, born to an heiress of the Standard Oil fortune, she married Herbert Pulitzer Jr. the grandson of Joseph Pulitzer—the publisher synonymous with the Pulitzer Prize. They owned several Florida citrus orange groves and with produce from the groves, she opened a stand on Via Mizner. 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. She found out that customers loved her dress, so she produced more in order to them at her juice stand. Eventually, she was selling more dresses than juice, and decided to focus on designing and selling what had become known as her Lillys, in 1959, Pulitzer became president of her own company, Lilly Pulitzer, Inc. The companys main factory was located in Miami, Florida and the fabrics were produced by the Key West Hand Print Fabrics company in Key West, Lilly Pulitzer was a former classmate of Jackies. After Jackie was featured in Life magazine donning one of Lillys famous shifts, the Jacqueline dress is one of Lilly Pulitzers most successful styles. By 1984, Lilly closed down the entire clothing operation, Lilly later stated that the first shift dress her former classmate, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, was photographed in was in fact made of kitchen curtains. In 1993, the rights to the brand were purchased by Sugartown Worldwide and they contacted Pulitzer with the hopes of reviving the brand because, they just loved Lilly, their mothers and sisters loved Lilly, and they wanted to bring the line back, Pulitzer said. Today, the company maintains 75 Lilly Pulitzer Signature Stores,23 company-owned retail stores, sells to independently owned stores and is in major department stores such as Belk, Lord and Taylor, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. On December 21,2010, Sugartown Worldwide, Inc. was purchased by Oxford Industries, in April 2015, Target announced a collaboration with Lilly Pulitzer. Within hours, the collection was almost entirely sold out, in stores
14. 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 Porters School in Farmington, Connecticut and later hired faculty members to tutor her privately in architecture, the first woman to become a licensed architect in both New York and Connecticut, in 1926 she was appointed a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. She designed Hill-Stead, the estate in Farmington, and designed and founded the famous Avon Old Farms School in Avon. Among her best-known architectural commissions was the 1920 reconstruction of the birthplace in New York City of former President Theodore Roosevelt. On May 1,1915, she boarded the British ocean liner RMS Lusitania as a First Class passenger, together with her maid Miss Emily Robinson and Professor Edwin W. Friend, a fellow Farmington resident. After the ship was torpedoed by a German submarine on May 7, Pope, Robinson, the Lusitanias crew was inexperienced at launching the boats, and Pope saw one lifeboat tip all of its passengers into the sea. Pope and Friend decided that it would be an idea to jump from the deck. Before jumping, Theodate turned to her saying, Come. In the water, Pope was buffeted by debris and struggling swimmers and she was struck on the head by debris. People all around me were fighting, striking and 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. Neither Robinson nor Professor Friend survived, on May 6,1916 Theodate married 52-year-old John Wallace Riddle, a former American diplomat. She died on August 30,1946 at her home in Farmington, women in architecture Brandegee, Arthur L. and Eddy H. Smith. Farmington, Connecticut, The Village of Beautiful Homes, reprinted by the Farmington Historical Society,1997. Theodate Pope Riddle and the Founding of Avon Old Farms School, Avon, CT, published privately,1973 and 1977. The Architect and the American Country House 1890-1940, New Haven, CT, Yale University Press,1990. Katz, Sandra L. Dearest of Geniuses, A Life of Theodate Pope Riddle, dead Wake, The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. Mercer, William W. ed. Avon Old Farms School, Theodate Pope Riddle, Her Life and Work
15. Janet Auchincloss Rutherfurd – Janet Jennings Auchincloss Rutherfurd was an American socialite. She was also the half-sister of First Lady Jacqueline Lee Jackie Bouvier, Janet was the daughter of stockbroker Hugh Dudley Auchincloss, Jr. and socialite Janet Norton Lee. Her younger brother is James Lee Auchincloss, Janet Auchincloss made her debut in 1963. She studied at the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia, and Miss Porters School in Farmington, Connecticut and she went on to study music history at Sarah Lawrence College. She briefly dated future Secretary of State John Kerry, on July 30,1966, she married Lewis Polk Rutherfurd, a recent graduate of Princeton University and future financier. The couple moved to Hong Kong, where she founded an overseas chapter of the League of Women Voters. Her husband later married Katharine duPont Sanger on June 10,1989
16. Eliza Osgood Vanderbilt Webb – Lila Vanderbilt Webb, was an American heiress. Eliza Osgood Vanderbilt was born in 1860 and she was the youngest daughter and seventh child of William Henry Vanderbilt and Maria Louisa Kissam Vanderbilt. She attended Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut, with her US$10 million inheritance, Vanderbilt bought and developed Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont in 1899. She planned meals, hired servants, hosted guests, and took care of the interior decorating and she entertained at Shelburne Farms 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 on Dunbar Road in Palm Beach, Florida. Later, she built another house in Gulf Stream, Florida, in 1881, Vanderbilt married William Seward Webb, and they had four children, Frederica Vanderbilt Webb, James Watson Webb, Sr. William Seward Webb, Jr. and Vanderbilt Webb. She enjoyed playing golf, contract bridge, gardening, traveling and reading and she was one of the first female members of the Everglades Club in Palm Beach, Florida. Robert W. Ganger, Lila Vanderbilt Webbs Miradero, window on an era
17. Gloria Vanderbilt – Gloria Laura Vanderbilt is an American artist, author, actress, fashion designer, heiress, and socialite. As an adult in the 1970s, Gloria Laura Vanderbilt became known in connection with a line of fashions, perfumes and she was particularly noted as an early developer of designer blue jeans. She is a member of the Vanderbilt family of New York, Vanderbilt was born on February 20,1924, in Manhattan, New York City, the only child of railroad heir Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt and his second wife, Gloria Morgan. When Gloria was born, her father was heard to exclaim in delight, see the corners of her eyes, how they turn up. She was baptized in the Episcopal church by Bishop Herbert Shipman as Gloria Laura Vanderbilt, after her fathers death, she was confirmed and raised in the Catholic Church, to which her mother belonged. From her fathers first marriage, to Cathleen Neilson, she had a half-sister and she and her half-sister became heiresses to a half share each in a $5 million trust fund upon her fathers death from cirrhosis when she was 18 months old. The rights to control this trust fund while Vanderbilt was a minor belonged to her mother, as a result of frequent spending, her mothers use of finances was scrutinized by the child Vanderbilts paternal aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. A sculptor and philanthropist, Whitney wanted custody of her niece, the trial was so scandalous that at times the judge would make everyone leave the room so as to listen to what young Vanderbilt had to say without anyone influencing her. Some people heard weeping and wailing inside the court room, testimony was heard depicting the mother as an unfit parent, Vanderbilts mother lost the battle and Vanderbilt became the ward of her aunt Gertrude. Vanderbilts mother was forced to live on a drastically reduced portion of her daughters trust, visitation was also closely watched to ensure that Vanderbilts mother did not exert any undue influence upon her daughter with her supposedly raucous lifestyle. Vanderbilt was raised amidst luxury at her aunt Gertrudes mansion in Old Westbury, Long Island, surrounded by cousins her age who lived in houses circling the vast estate, and in New York City. The story of the trial was told in the 1980 Barbara Goldsmith book, happy at Last, which was nominated for six Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. When Vanderbilt came of age and took control of her trust fund, she cut her mother off entirely and her mother lived for many years with her sister, Thelma, Lady Furness, in Beverly Hills and died there in 1965. Vanderbilt studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse with teacher Sanford Meisner and she became known for her artwork, giving one-woman shows of oil paintings, watercolors, and pastels. This artwork was adapted and licensed, starting about 1968, by Hallmark Cards and by Bloomcraft, and Vanderbilt began designing specifically for linens, pottery, from 1954 to 1963, Vanderbilt applied herself to acting. During this time in her life, she appeared in a number of live and filmed television dramas including Playhouse 90, Studio One in Hollywood and she also made an appearance in a two part episode of The Love Boat in 1981. Vanderbilt was also a top fashion model. During the 1970s, Vanderbilt ventured into the business, first with Glentex