Flora Payne Whitney
American philanthropist
Flora Payne Whitney
Flora Payne Whitney, also known as Flora Whitney Miller, was an American socialite, art collector, and patron of the arts.
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WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Whitney Miller, Robert Douglass Jr.
NYTimes - almost 11 years
Whitney Munn Miller, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leverett Saltonstall Miller of Palm Beach, Fla., was married there yesterday to Robert Royal Douglass Jr., a son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglass of Greenwich, Conn. The Rev. Ralph R. Warren Jr. performed the ceremony at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea. Mrs. Douglass, 27, was until March a
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ART; A Museum of One's Own
NYTimes - about 12 years
WHEN the facade was falling off the Whitney Museum of American Art, Leonard A. Lauder wrote a check for $2.5 million to help fix it. When Mr. Lauder decided two years ago that the museum's collection was lacking in Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism, he squeezed his fellow trustees to help buy $200 million worth of paintings and sculpture, most of
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A Whitney Drops Museum Support Over New Show
NYTimes - almost 17 years
Angry over a planned exhibit at the Whitney Museum linking Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and other political figures to the Nazis, Marylou Whitney, the widow of Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, said yesterday that she had withdrawn her financial support of the museum and quit its national fund-raising council. Mrs. Whitney said that a work by Hans Haacke,
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In the Region /Long Island; The High End: Indoor Pools, and Racquetball Courts
NYTimes - over 17 years
ALTHOUGH Long Island has lost many of the manor houses built around the turn of the century, they are rapidly being replaced by a new generation of much smaller houses that offer similar luxuries and comfort. ''What many of my clients share in common with early 20th century entrepreneuers is that they are visionaries in business and visionaries in
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The Curse of the Whitney
NYTimes - almost 18 years
The waiting room to the executive offices of the Estee Lauder Companies is vast and formal, dominated by a commanding 40th-floor view of Central Park and by the color blue that Mrs. Lauder favors. But the office occupied by her son, Leonard, who is the chief executive officer, is far more hodgepodge and comfortable. Although as a collector, Leonard
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WEDDINGS; Hilary Harlow, Harry P. Tower
NYTimes - over 19 years
Hilary Lee Harlow and Harry Payne Tower were married yesterday in Fairfield, Conn. The Rev. Dr. David Johnson Rowe performed the ceremony at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church. Mrs. Tower, 37, is a consultant with Ober, Onet & Associates, an events planning and public relations firm in New York. She graduated from the University of Colorado
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Preserving the Past in the Presence of the New
NYTimes - over 19 years
THE centerpiece of the 90-acre Round Hill subdivision now under construction in Old Westbury is a 72-year-old Georgian-style, 13,000-square-foot mansion once occupied by Harry and Gertrude Whitney and later, until her death in 1986, by their daughter, Flora Whitney Miller. Even though no restrictive covenants stood in the way of demolition, the old
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David Solinger, 90, Art Collector And Whitney Museum President
NYTimes - over 20 years
David M. Solinger, a lawyer and art collector who became the first president of the Whitney Museum of American Art from outside the Whitney family, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 90. A third-generation New Yorker, Mr. Solinger was the son of Maurice Solinger, head of a company that merged with Swift & Co., the meat packers. He
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On a Slice of the Whitney Estate, a New Subdivision
NYTimes - over 20 years
ALMOST a century after William C. Whitney bought 630 acres here for a country estate, the once-huge holding that lay south of Northern Boulevard and east of Glen Cove Road has dwindled to 10.5 acres. All but one of its many houses and outbuildings have been sold off. Whitney, who died in 1904, purchased the land in 1898. A lawyer and a businessman,
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Nina Yonkman, Model, Is Wed
NYTimes - over 26 years
LEAD: Nina Ver Meulen Yonkman and Harry Payne Tower were married yesterday at the Second Congregational Church in Greenwich, Conn., by the Rev. Robert S. Hundley. Nina Ver Meulen Yonkman and Harry Payne Tower were married yesterday at the Second Congregational Church in Greenwich, Conn., by the Rev. Robert S. Hundley. Mrs. Tower is a daughter of
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Nina Yonkman, Model, Engaged
NYTimes - over 26 years
LEAD: Wedding plans for NINA VER MEULEN YONKMAN and HARRY PAYNE TOWER have been announced by the prospective bride's parents, Mrs. Raymond B. Rudy of Greenwich, Conn., and Frederick Albers Yonkman of New York. Mr. Tower is the son of Mrs. John Train of Bedford, N.Y., and Whitney Tower of New York and Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Wedding plans for NINA
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Maria-Flora Miller, College Student, Weds Anthony Smoller, Film Producer
NYTimes - over 26 years
LEAD: Maria-Flora Miller, the daughter of Ava Mohas of Mill Neck, L.I., and Leverett Saltonstall Miller of Fairfield, Fla., was married yesterday to Anthony Michael Smoller, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Smoller of Larchmont, N.Y. James H. McIntyre, the town justice of Long Lake, N.Y., performed the ceremony at Camp Togus, the summer home of the
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Maria-Flora Miller, Student, to Wed
NYTimes - over 26 years
LEAD: Late August wedding plans for Maria-Flora Miller and Anthony Michael Smoller, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Smoller of Larchmont, N.Y., have been announced by the prospective bride's parents, Ava Mohas of Mill Neck, L.I., and Leverett Saltonstall Miller of Fairfield, Fla. Late August wedding plans for Maria-Flora Miller and Anthony Michael
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Alix Hornblower Becomes a Bride
NYTimes - about 27 years
LEAD: Alexandra Tower Hornblower and Daniel Kempner Thorne were married yesterday at the Knickerbocker Club in New York by Judge Joseph M. McLaughlin of Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The bride is a daughter of Mrs. John Train of Bedford, N.Y., and Whitney Tower of New York and Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Alexandra Tower
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Some Antiques Stores With New Addresses
NYTimes - about 28 years
LEAD: DURING this holiday season, collectors trying to visit their favorite antiques shops may find empty stores. Many dealers have changed their addresses from downtown to uptown, from the Upper East Side to midtown. They have left warehouses for lofts, hotel suites for galleries. DURING this holiday season, collectors trying to visit their
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MOGUL POWER AT THE WHITNEY
NYTimes - about 28 years
LEAD: ''I SAID, 'LET'S GET A MILLION-DOLLAR painting,' '' recalls Leonard A. Lauder, vice chairman of the Whitney Museum. As the chief executive of the cosmetics conglomerate, Estee Lauder Inc., he knows the glamour of price for an upscale audience. ''If we're going to buy paintings, we have to make a splash. ''I SAID, 'LET'S GET A MILLION-DOLLAR
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AUCTIONS
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: JEAN ANTOINE HOUDON'S ''Painted Plaster Bust of Thomas Jefferson,'' from 1789 - the oldest surviving version of this, the most famous portrait bust of the statesman - will be auctioned today in the first session of Christie's American art sale, taking place at 10 A.M. and 2 P.M., at its galleries, at Park Avenue, at 59th Street. JEAN ANTOINE
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JOHN I. H. BAUR, ART SCHOLAR; HEADED THE WHITNEY MUSEUM
NYTimes - almost 30 years
LEAD: John I. H. Baur, a scholar, writer and curator in the field of American art, and director of the Whitney Museum from 1968 to 1974, died yesterday of heart failure at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan. He was 77 years old and lived in Katonah, N.Y. John I. H. Baur, a scholar, writer and curator in the field of American art, and director of
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AUCTIONS
NYTimes - almost 30 years
LEAD: SCORES of gem collectors and dealers have visited Christie's, Park Avenue at 59th Street, in recent weeks to preview the jewelry to be up for sale on Tuesday at 10 A.M. and 2 P.M. Most of these shoppers have come either to see the necklace, bracelet and brooches that belonged to Ingrid Bergman, or one of the rarest types of stones ever
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AUCTIONS
NYTimes - almost 30 years
LEAD: FLORA WHITNEY MILLER chose art and furniture that expressed fantasy and wit for her duplex at 10 Gracie Square and her porticoed mansion in Old Westbury, L.I., her daughter, Flora Miller Biddle, recalled this week. The offbeat artworks and antiques that Mrs. Miller collected along with the more sedate French 18th-century furniture she
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Flora Payne Whitney
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1986
    Age 88
    She died in 1986.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1941
    Age 43
    Whitney worked closely with her mother, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in the founding and endowing of the Whitney Museum of Art in New York. After her mother's death, Whitney served as President of the Museum from 1941 until 1966, and as Chairman from 1966 through 1974.
    More Details Hide Details Whitney's daughter and granddaughter remain active in museum affairs to this day.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1927
    Age 29
    In 1927, Whitney married George Macculloch Miller III in in Cairo, Egypt.
    More Details Hide Details He was a grandson of the founder of forerunner of the United Hospital Fund, George Macculloch Miller. The marriage to "Cully" Miller was long and happy, and Whintey had two more children: Flora (b. 1928) and Leverett (b. 1931).
  • 1925
    Age 27
    The marriage was a failure, however, due to Tower's drinking and infidelity, and they were divorced in 1925.
    More Details Hide Details Her great-grandson, Josiah Hornblower, through Whitney Tower's daughter, Alexandra Tower Hornblower Thorne, was featured in the documentary, Born Rich.
  • 1920
    Age 22
    In 1920, Whitney married Roderick Tower at St. Bartholomew's Church, New York.
    More Details Hide Details He was an aviator who had trained with Quentin Roosevelt at Mineola air field on Long Island. Tower was also a stockbroker, and son of U.S. Ambassador to Russia and Germany Charlemagne Tower, Jr. They had two children: daughter, Pamela Tower (b. 1921) and son, Whitney Tower (b. 1923).
  • 1918
    Age 20
    The glamorous young couple never married, since the young roosevelt was killed in action in 1918.
    More Details Hide Details Roosevelt's letters to Whitney, from the time they met until his death—discovered and first used by Edward Renehan in his book The Lion's Pride (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998) -- charted the course of America’s entry into the war.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1916
    Age 18
    Whitney made her debut on August 4, 1916, at "The Reefs," the Payne-Whitney "cottage" in Newport, Rhode Island.
    More Details Hide Details She was escorted by Quentin Roosevelt, son of President Theodore Roosevelt, although her father did not approve of young Roosevelt. After the United States entered World War I, the young Roosevelt enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Service, and became engaged to Whitney before leaving for duty overseas.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1897
    Born
    Born in 1897.
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