Consuelo Vanderbilt
British politician
Consuelo Vanderbilt
Consuelo Balsan (2 March 1877 – 6 December 1964), was a member of the prominent American Vanderbilt family. Her marriage to the Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough became an international emblem of the socially advantageous, but loveless marriages common during the Gilded Age.
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Billboard Recording Artist Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin Releases Her Newest ... - NEWS.GNOM.ES (press release)
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ES-iReach/ — Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin's second single “Feel So Alive” will hit the US and European markets this September. The upbeat track was co-written and produced by Peter Amato, who has collaborated with Miley Cyrus, Ricky Martin and LeAnn
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Fascinating Prototype Gun Among Highlights of Annual Gleneagles Auction - Art Daily
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Lord Ivor Charles Spencer-Churchill (1898 – 1956) was the younger son of the 9th Duke of Marlborough and his first wife, the former Consuelo Vanderbilt, an American railroad heiress. He is buried beside his cousin, Sir Winston Churchill,
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Book Review: The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin - Blogcritics.org (blog)
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This newspaper notice dated August 2, 1901 announcing the homecoming arrival of Duchess of Marlborough (née Consuelo Vanderbilt) to Newport confirms The American Heiress' cultural veracity; especially given how prominent a mention the announcement
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES | 'THE AMERICAN HEIRESS'; Money May Not Buy You Love, but It Might Help You Land a Spouse
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THE AMERICAN HEIRESS By Daisy Goodwin 468 pages. St. Martin's Press. $25.99. What should Daisy Goodwin have called her novel about a Gilded Age Newport belle who heads for England to marry her way into a title? It was published in Britain as ''My Last Duchess,'' since it makes abundant reference to the chilling Robert Browning poem of that name.
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Money May Not Buy You Love, but It Might Help You Land a Spouse - New York Times
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By Daisy Goodwin Ms. Goodwin is brazen enough to name her moneybags heroine Cora Cash and to borrow from the life of Consuelo Vanderbilt in telling Cora's tale. Thanks to the 1895 marriage to Charles Spencer-Churchill that turned Consuelo into the
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Inside the Churchill Clan - New York Times
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ike his mother, Jennie Jerome, and his cousin-by-marriage Consuelo Vanderbilt, Winston Churchill's Aunt Lily Hammersley was an American heiress whose fortune, it was hoped, would assist in bailing out the Churchill clan's ever shaky
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CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; Books to Bury Yourself In
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The beach book has undergone a makeover for 2011. As the season's traditional big names and story lines run out of gas, new variations on old formulas have emerged. Want a story of power, greed and conspicuous consumption? Forget Hollywood; think hedge fund. Want a killer mystery? Forget that corpse in the opening chapter; think about the heroine
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Amo y esclavo de la palabra - Hoy Tamaulipas
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Otra anécdota que se popularizó con otros personajes y otros ingredientes, se debe a la memoria de Consuelo Vanderbilt. En una reunión, Churchill se topó con Nancy Astor, con quien tenía un mutuo desagrado. Con fingida sonrisa y agudo sonsonete,
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Great dynasties of the world: The Vanderbilts - The Guardian
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She then promptly divorced him, remarried, and became involved in the women's suffrage movement, though not before having engineered a marriage between her daughter, Consuelo Vanderbilt, and Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough,
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Bad behaviour worth the read - Winnipeg Free Press
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She introduces his parents, Lord Randolph Churchill and his wife Jennie, his cousin Sunny, the ninth Duke of Marlborough, and his two wives, Consuelo Vanderbilt and Gladys Deacon. Arguably, these five may mark the apogee of aristocratic bad behaviour
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A toast to the Royal newlyweds - Pasadena Star-News
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We Yanks have always been besotted with nobility - either marrying into it, a la the Jerome sisters, Consuelo Vanderbilt and Nancy Langhorne Astor, or buying a bygone title. In fact, I googled and found that, in honor of Katherine and William's
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Courtesy Historical Society of Palm Beach County - Palm Beach Daily News
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FASHION FLASHBACK: Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan, formerly the Duchess of Marlborough, was a regal island presence for several decades. Here, in a 1960s photograph, the stylishly clad Balsan, whose floral-print frock and cardigan would be right in vogue
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Book review: 'The Churchills: In Love and War' by Mary S. Lovell - Los Angeles Times
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Lovell also tells the sad story of Consuelo Vanderbilt, forced by her social-climber mother into a loveless match with Winston's cousin Sunny, the ninth Duke of Marlborough, who used her millions to modernize and restore Blenheim Palace,
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What the servants saw - Irish Times
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The American heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt, we are told, was a fit bride for the ninth duke of Marlborough because “in addition to her unusual beauty and graceful carriage, there was a natural nobility coupled with a modest simplicity about this young
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Have Title, Will Travel: PW Talks with Daisy Goodwin - Publishers Weekly
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She was the prototype, but the book was inspired by Consuelo Vanderbilt, who married the duke of Marlborough in 1895, the year Cora gets married. When I went to Blenheim Palace, where she lived, I saw this famous picture of her with her family
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CNN's Anderson Cooper Reluctantly Trains For His Royal Wedding Adventure - Mediaite.com
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One of his ancestors, Consuelo Vanderbilt, was “sold” into a loveless marriage by her mother Alva to the Duke of Marlborough so that the Vanderbilts could have a title in their family. Consuelo's enormous dowry saved Blenheim Palace from ruin
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The Churchills - Financial Times
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A generation later his nephew, the ninth Duke, was handed another, even richer, American bride, Consuelo Vanderbilt. A touching portrait of Winston Churchill emerges from these pages. Indeed he is, apart from his own mother and daughter-in-law Pamela,
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A WAR OF SUCCESSION THAT LED TO CHURCHILL - Express.co.uk
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Winston also retained affection for some of those who married into the family, even after the marriages failed: namely the American heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt, who married his first cousin “Sunny”, the ninth duke, then found happiness through her
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Paid Notice: Deaths EARL, CONSUELO VANDERBILT
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EARL--Consuelo Vanderbilt, a great-great-granddaughter of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, died on February 21, 2011, at the age of 107. Mrs. Earl was a long-time resident of Ridgefield, CT. Commodore Vanderbilt was an American financier who amassed a great fortune in railroad and shipping interests and founded the Vanderbilt family in this country.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Consuelo Vanderbilt
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1964
    Age 86
    Balsan died at Southampton, Long Island, New York on 6 December 1964.
    More Details Hide Details She was buried alongside her younger son, Lord Ivor Spencer-Churchill, in the churchyard at St Martin's Church, Bladon, Oxfordshire, England, near her former home, Blenheim Palace. During the inter-war period, Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan and Winaretta Singer-Polignac (the Princess de Polignac and Singer Sewing Machine heiress) worked together in the construction of a 360 bed hospital destined to provide medical care to middle class workers. The result of this effort is the Foch Hospital, located in Suresnes, a suburb of Paris, France. The hospital also includes a school of nursing and is one of the top ranked hospitals in France, especially for renal transplants. It has remained true to its origins and stayed a private not-for-profit institution that still serves the Paris community. It is managed by the Fondation médicale Franco-américaine du Mont-Valérien, commonly called Foundation Foch.
  • 1957
    Age 79
    Although Balsan sold her home in 1957, it still exists.
    More Details Hide Details Many believe that Churchill polished his famous Iron Curtain Speech in that house as he visited his cousin's wife on his way to Fulton, Missouri, to deliver an address at Westminster College.
  • 1953
    Age 75
    Consuelo Balsan published her insightful but not entirely candid autobiography, The Glitter and the Gold, in 1953.
    More Details Hide Details It was ghostwritten by Stuart Preston, an American writer who was an art critic for The New York Times. A reviewer in the New York Times called it "an ideal epitaph of the age of elegance."
  • FIFTIES
  • 1932
    Age 54
    Records in Florida show that in 1932 Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan built a home in Manalapan, just south of Palm Beach.
    More Details Hide Details It was designed as a love nest by Maurice Fatio. The dream home of 26,000 square feet is called Casa Alva, in honour of her mother.
  • FORTIES
  • 1921
    Age 43
    Consuelo's second marriage, on 4 July 1921, was to Lt. Col. Jacques Balsan, a record-breaking pioneer French balloon, aircraft, and hydroplane pilot who once worked with the Wright Brothers.
    More Details Hide Details Also a textile manufacturing heir, Balsan was a younger brother of Etienne Balsan, who was an important early lover of Coco Chanel. Jacques Balsan died in 1956 at the age of 88. After the annulment with the Duke of Marlborough, she still maintained ties with favourite Churchill relatives, particularly Winston Churchill. He was a frequent visitor to her château, in St. Georges Motel, a small commune near Dreux about 50 miles from Paris, in the 1920s and 1930s, where he completed his last painting before the war. http://www.winstonchurchill.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=949
  • TWENTIES
  • 1906
    Age 28
    The Marlboroughs separated in 1906, divorced in 1921, and the marriage was annulled, at the duke's request and with Consuelo's assent, on 19 August 1926.
    More Details Hide Details Though largely embarked upon as a way to facilitate the Anglican duke's desire to convert to Roman Catholicism, the annulment, to the surprise of many, also was fully supported by the former duchess's mother, who testified that the Vanderbilt–Marlborough marriage had been an act of unmistakable coercion. "I forced my daughter to marry the duke," Alva Belmont told an investigator, adding: "I have always had absolute power over my daughter." In later years, Consuelo and her mother enjoyed a closer, easier relationship.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1895
    Age 17
    Consuelo Vanderbilt was married at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, New York City, on 6 November 1895, to Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough (1871–1934).
    More Details Hide Details They had two sons, John Albert William Spencer-Churchill, Marquess of Blandford (who became 10th Duke of Marlborough) and Lord Ivor Spencer-Churchill. The new duchess was adored by the poor and less fortunate tenants on her husband's estate, whom she visited and to whom she provided assistance. She later became involved with other philanthropic projects and was particularly interested in those that affected mothers and children. She was also a social success with royalty and the aristocracy of Britain. However, given the ill-fitting match between the duke and his wife, it was only a matter of time before their marriage was in name only. The duchess eventually was smitten by her husband's handsome cousin, the Hon. Reginald Fellowes (the liaison did not last, to the relief of Fellowes's parents), while the duke fell under the spell of Gladys Marie Deacon, an eccentric American of little money but, like Consuelo, dazzling to look at and of considerable intellect.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1877
    Born
    Born on March 2, 1877.
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