Betsey Whitney
American philanthropist
Betsey Whitney
Betsey Roosevelt Whitney, was an American philanthropist, the ex-wife of James Roosevelt (the eldest son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt), and later wife of American millionaire and U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James's, John Hay Whitney.
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Judith Peabody, 80, Dies; Aided Arts and the Sick
NYTimes - over 6 years
Judith D. Peabody, a doyenne of New York society known equally for her philanthropy and volunteer work, especially on behalf of people with AIDS and their families, died on Sunday in her Fifth Avenue apartment in Manhattan. She was 80. The cause was a series of strokes that had kept her bedridden for the past two years, said her husband, Samuel P.
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Shelter Rock Facing an Uncertain Future
NYTimes - almost 18 years
BEFORE the first humans came, when Long Island was just a rubbed raw slice of terra firma freshly carved by glaciers, a great granite boulder came to rest in what would one day be Manhasset. The rock had not traveled far and was probably plucked from bedrock somewhere in what is now the Bronx or Westchester. The boulder, now known as Shelter Rock,
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TELEVISION REVIEW; A Knack for Meeting the Famous and Marrying Well
NYTimes - over 18 years
Things have reached a sad state when two hours with Ann-Margret isn't sexy. This is no reflection on the actress, who has been exuding sensuality since ''Bye Bye Birdie,'' when she was 22. Now, at 57, she seems the perfect choice to play Pamela Harriman, America's Ambassador to France who was better known for the powerful men she had loved and/or
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Paid Notice: Deaths WHITNEY, BETSEY CUSHING
NYTimes - almost 19 years
WHITNEY-Betsey Cushing. We mourn the death of our beloved mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother, Betsey Cushing Whitney, who died on March 25, 1998. Her sense of humor, her determination and her courage will be with us always. Our thanks to all who have communicated their love and support. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on
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Paid Notice: Deaths WHITNEY, BETSEY CUSHING.
NYTimes - almost 19 years
WHITNEY-Betsey Cushing. We mourn the death of our beloved mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother, Betsey Cushing Whitney, who died on March 25, 1998. Her sense of humor, her determination and her courage will be with us always. Our thanks to all who have communicated their love and support. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on
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Paid Notice: Deaths WHITNEY, BETSEY CUSHING
NYTimes - almost 19 years
WHITNEY-Betsey Cushing. We mourn the death of our beloved mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother, Betsey Cushing Whitney, who died on March 25, 1998. Her sense of humor, her determination and her courage will be with us always. Our thanks to all who have communicated their love and support. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on
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Paid Notice: Deaths WHITNEY, BETSEY CUSHING
NYTimes - almost 19 years
WHITNEY-Betsey Cushing. It is with profound sadness that we note the passing of this dedicated and generous benefactor. Mrs. Whitney gave wholeheartedly to fulfill a dream shared by thousands-the creation of a hospital on Long Island's North Shore. During its early years of growth, she continued to devote her energy to the betterment of the
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Givenchy, Once and Forever
NYTimes - over 25 years
Two thousand people crowded into the Museum of Fashion and Costume at the Galliera Palace on Monday night to congratulate Hubert de Givenchy and view the exhibition covering his four decades as the head of his own couture house. The first to arrive were Marie-Helene de Rothschild, a longtime supporter, and her husband, Guy. Next was Audrey Hepburn,
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J. G. Mecking, 57, An Antiques Dealer To Rich and Noted
NYTimes - about 28 years
LEAD: J. Garvin Mecking, a New York antiques dealer for 30 years, died Saturday at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan after suffering a stroke five days earlier. He was 57 years old and lived in Manhattan. J. Garvin Mecking, a New York antiques dealer for 30 years, died Saturday at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan after suffering a stroke five
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Betsey Cushing Roosevelt Whitney
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1998
    Age 89
    Betsey died on March 25, 1998 at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York.
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  • 1990
    Age 81
    Her personal fortune was estimated at $700 million in 1990 according to Forbes magazine.
    More Details Hide Details Her estate bequeathed eight major paintings to the National Gallery of Art.
    Betsey also made art auction history in 1990 by putting up for sale, by Sotheby's, one of Renoir's most famous paintings, the sun-dappled cafe scene Bal au moulin de la Galette, Montmartre.
    More Details Hide Details It brought $78.1 million, then a record auction price for Impressionist art and the second-highest price for any artwork sold at auction.
  • 1982
    Age 73
    After her husband's death in 1982, Betsey donated $8 million to the Yale Medical School, then the largest gift in the school's history.
    More Details Hide Details The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. acquired nine important American and French paintings, as well as $2 million for future acquisitions. She herself left $15 million to New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in her own will.
  • 1978
    Age 69
    Both of Betsey's sisters died of cancer within months of each other in 1978.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1942
    Age 33
    On March 1, 1942, Betsey married millionaire John Hay Whitney, who had been previously married to socialite Elizabeth Altemus. They moved to London in 1957, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower named Whitney Ambassador to the Court of St. James's.
    More Details Hide Details The family became close to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, who, in a radical departure from the usual procedure, addressed the Whitneys by their first names. During the 1970s, John Hay Whitney was listed as one of the ten wealthiest men in the world. The residences at their disposal over the years included the Greentree estate on Long Island; Greenwood Plantation in Georgia; a town house and an elegant apartment in Manhattan; a large summer house on Fishers Island, near New London, Connecticut; a 12-room house in Saratoga Springs, which the Whitneys used when they attended horse races there; a golfing cottage in Augusta, Georgia; and a spacious house in Surrey, England, near the Ascot racecourse. In addition, the Whitneys shared a Kentucky horse farm with Whitney's sister. Betsey established the Greentree Foundation in 1983 to assist local community groups. She was a benefactor of North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, built in the early 1950s on donated by Whitney. Betsey was also involved with the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Yale University and New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Among her many public activities over the years were memberships on the boards of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the John Hay Whitney Foundation and the Association for Homemakers Service.
  • 1940
    Age 31
    Betsey followed him, but they divorced in 1940.
    More Details Hide Details Betsey was granted custody of their daughters, along with child support, though by biographers' accounts, James had little to no contact with his children, and eventually married three more times.
    As a result of their mother's coaching to marry well, all three Cushing sisters married into wealth and prominence: Betsey's older sister, Mary, married Vincent Astor, the heir of a $200 million fortune, in 1940, and her younger sister Barbara "Babe" was married to Standard Oil heir Stanley Mortimer, Jr., and to CBS founder William S. Paley.
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  • 1939
    Age 30
    Her husband served his father as an aide at the White House, and Betsey often stood-in as hostess at the White House when Eleanor was absent. When FDR entertained King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at a picnic at the Roosevelt estate in Hyde Park, New York in 1939, Betsey was prominent at the affair, and accompanied FDR as he drove the King and Queen along the Hudson River.
    More Details Hide Details In 1938, James left for Hollywood to work as an aide to Samuel Goldwyn.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1930
    Age 21
    Betsey married James Roosevelt II in 1930, the eldest son of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and First Lady Anna Eleanor Roosevelt.
    More Details Hide Details They had two daughters, Sara Delano Roosevelt and Kate Roosevelt. After her father-in-law became President, Betsey was reportedly FDR's favorite daughter-in-law, though she and Eleanor did not care for one another.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1908
    Born
    Born on May 18, 1908.
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