Evelyn Nesbit

Model + Chorus Girl + Actress
Born Dec 25, 1884

Evelyn Nesbit was the professional name of Florence Evelyn Nesbit, a popular American chorus girl and artists’ model whose liaison with renowned architect Stanford White immortalized her as "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing. " In the early part of the twentieth century, the figure and face of Evelyn Nesbit was ubiquitous, appearing in mass circulation newspaper and magazine advertisements, on souvenir items and calendars, making her a cultural celebrity.… Read More

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1884 Birth Nesbit was born Florence Evelyn Nesbit on December 25, 1884, in Tarentum, a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1886 1 Year Old Her actual year of birth remains unconfirmed; her real year of birth may have been 1886. … Read More
1893 8 Years Old The Nesbit family moved to Pittsburgh around 1893. … Read More


1898 13 Years Old Under continuous financial distress which showed no prospect of improvement, Mrs. Nesbit moved to Philadelphia in 1898. … Read More
1900 15 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 1900, Mrs. Nesbit, leaving her children in the care of others, re-located to New York City, again hoping to find work as a seamstress or clothing designer. … Read More
Two artworks, one by Frederick Church, and another by Beckwith in 1901, contradict Mrs. Nesbit, as they display a skimpily clad or partially nude Evelyn. … Read More
1902 17 Years Old …  In 1902, a romance blossomed between Nesbit and the young Barrymore. … Read More


1905 20 Years Old Nesbit and Thaw were wed on April 4, 1905. … Read More
1910 25 Years Old Nesbit gave birth to a son, Russell William Thaw, on October 25, 1910 in Berlin, Germany. … Read More
1911 26 Years Old In 1911, Nesbit reconciled with her mother, who took on the role of caregiver for the child while Nesbit sought out opportunities to support herself and her son. … Read More
1914 29 Years Old Nesbit was left to her own resources to provide for herself. She found modest success working in vaudeville, and on the silent screen. In 1914, she appeared in Threads of Destiny produced at the Betzwood studios of film producer Siegmund Lubin.


1915 30 Years Old Nesbit divorced Thaw in 1915.
1916 31 Years Old In 1916 she married dancer Jack Clifford; the two had worked up a stage act together. … Read More
1918 33 Years Old Clifford came to feel his wife’s notoriety an insurmountable issue, his own identity being subsumed into that of “Mr. Evelyn Nesbit.” He left her in 1918, and she divorced him in 1933. … Read More


1926 41 Years Old Harry Kendall Thaw, who as late as 1926 was still keeping his ex-wife under surveillance by private detectives, went to Chicago where Nesbit was hospitalized. … Read More


1947 62 Years Old Harry Kendall Thaw died in 1947; in his will he left Nesbit a $10,000 bequest from an estate valued at over one million dollars. … Read More
1955 70 Years Old She was a technical adviser on the 1955 movie The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing for which she was paid $10,000. … Read More
1967 82 Years Old Nesbit died in a nursing home in Santa Monica, California, on January 17, 1967, at the age of 82. … Read More
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