Linda Lee Thomas

Born Nov 17, 1883

Linda Lee Thomas was an American socialite, the wife of musical theatre composer Cole Porter.

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1883 Birth Born in 1883.


1901 18 Years Old A descendant of the Lee family of Virginia, daughter of Louisville banker William Paca Lee and his wife, née Lily Hill, Linda Belle Lee was, in her youth, a noted beauty. She was introduced by friends to Edward Russell Thomas, a son of Union general Samuel Thomas, and owner of the New York Morning Telegraph (and who later became the first American to kill someone in a car accident), and married him on June 29, 1901 at Newport, Rhode Island, when she was 17. They lived a life of luxury, with houses in Palm Beach, Manhattan, and Newport. It was said that her favorite "department store" was Van Cleef & Arpels. They divorced on October 26, 1912, reportedly due to his abuse.


1918 35 Years Old Thomas and Cole Porter met on January 30, 1918, at the wedding of Henry Potter Russell to heiress Ethel Borden Harriman, daughter of railroad and investment banking tycoon J. … Read More
1919 36 Years Old Linda and Cole were married on December 18, 1919, in the city hall of the 18ème arrondissement of Paris. … Read More


1954 71 Years Old Died in 1954.
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