Lorena Hickok
American writer
Lorena Hickok
Lorena Alice Hickok was an American journalist known for her close relationship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Born in Wisconsin to a dressmaker and a butter farmer, Hickok had an unhappy childhood marked by isolation and abuse. After her mother's death when Hickok was fourteen, she left home, worked on her own, and completed high school with the help of a cousin.
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Eleanor's little village - The Tand D.com
Google News - over 5 years
The story began when Lorena Hickok, The Associated Press writer who very likely was Roosevelt's lover, set out to portray America in Depression and visited Scotts Run, where she found housing "most Americans would not have considered fit for pigs
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Hazel Rowley, 59, Writer About Charismatic Lives
NYTimes - almost 6 years
Hazel Rowley, a biographer whose subjects ranged from a neglected Australian writer to a famous African-American one, and from a distinguished pair of French philosophers and their romantic entanglements to a distinguished American presidential couple and their (possible) romantic entanglements, died on March 1 in Manhattan. She was 59. Ms. Rowley
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THIS LAND; From New Deal to New Hard Times, Eleanor Endures
NYTimes - about 7 years
Early spring, in the Depression year of 1935. A poor girl from coal-mine country, a dark-haired girl of 4, rocks beside her mother and two sisters in a car moving through the rain-swept night. Soon they will join her father, a Great War veteran who pads his shoes with cardboard. He has been working for months on some distant government relief
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The Other Women
NYTimes - over 8 years
FRANKLIN AND LUCY President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherfurd, and the Other Remarkable Women in His Life. By Joseph E. Persico. Illustrated. 443 pp. Random House. $28. When did we become so interested in the sex lives of presidents? Torrid tales circulated about Thomas Jefferson and Grover Cleveland in their days, and after Warren Harding's death, his
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No End of the Affair
NYTimes - almost 9 years
IN his book ''Franklin & Lucy: President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherfurd and the Other Remarkable Women in His Life,'' which comes out next week, Joseph E. Persico suggests that the affair between Franklin Roosevelt and Lucy Mercer (later Rutherfurd), which was supposed to have ended in 1918, resumed even sooner than most scholars believed -- indeed,
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DRIVING; My Life, My Jaguar Vanden Plas
NYTimes - about 12 years
WHO -- Hilda Newman-Rolfe, 81, writer, Brentwood, Calif. WHAT -- 2004 Jaguar XJ8 Vanden Plas I may be 81, but I refuse to drive an old woman's car. My Jaguar is luxurious, fun and safe, and it turns heads. Everyone says to me, ''I love that car!'' I don't attract attention anymore, but at least my automobile does. When I bought the Vanden Plas last
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THEATER GUIDE
NYTimes - almost 13 years
A selective listing by critics of The Times: New or noteworthy Broadway and Off Broadway shows this weekend. Approximate running times are in parentheses. * denotes a highly recommended show. + means discounted tickets were at the Theater Development Fund's TKTS booth for performances last Friday and Saturday nights. Broadway * ''BARBARA COOK'S
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THEATER REVIEW; Why the Caged First Ladies Sing
NYTimes - almost 13 years
Eleanor Roosevelt warbles a Wagnerian love duet with her pal Lorena Hickok. Mamie Eisenhower serenades herself in the style of a Broadway showstopper. Jackie Kennedy uses the art song to ponder the immortality of her pink pillbox hat. With moments like these, Michael John LaChiusa's ''First Lady Suite'' trailed the purple fragrance of high camp
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WEEKEND EXCURSION; The Roosevelts' Hudson Oases
NYTimes - almost 17 years
''You would be unbeatable and you would help greatly to defeat Governor Dewey,'' Harold Ickes wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt on May 21, 1945, urging her to run for the United States Senate from New York. It was only a month after her husband, the president, had died. Mrs. Roosevelt, despite decades of political activism, demurred. But more than half a
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TELEVISION REVIEW; They Called Her 'Eleanor,' And Her Story Is History
NYTimes - about 17 years
By now the outlines of Eleanor Roosevelt's life and worthy works are so well known that a television account of them, even at two hours, promises little news. That expectation is fulfilled in tonight's ''American Experience,'' which tells the oft-told story with due sympathy for a young woman's quest to find her own strengths and with ample
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lorena Hickok
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1968
    Age 74
    She lived in a cottage on the Roosevelt estate, where she died in 1968.
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  • 1962
    Age 68
    Most of them dated to the 1930s, but the correspondence continued up to Roosevelt's 1962 death.
    More Details Hide Details Hickok's papers remain at the FDR Library and Museum, where they are available to the public. Based on these letters, Terry Baum and Pat Bond wrote the play, HICK: A Love Story, the Romance of Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • 1954
    Age 60
    Late in life, Hickok wrote several books. She co-authored Ladies of Courage with Eleanor Roosevelt in 1954.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by The Story of Franklin D. Roosevelt (1956), The Story of Helen Keller (1958), The Story of Eleanor Roosevelt (1959), and several more. Hickok willed her personal papers to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, part of the US National Archives. Her donation was contained in eighteen filing boxes that, according to the provisions of her will, were to be sealed until ten years after her death. In early May 1978, Doris Faber, as part of research for a projected short biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, became perhaps the first person outside the National Archives to open these boxes, and was astounded to discover that they contained 2,336 letters from Roosevelt to Hickok, and 1,024 letters from Hickok to Roosevelt.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1945
    Age 51
    When Hickok's diabetes worsened in 1945, she was forced to leave her position with the DNC.
    More Details Hide Details Two years later, Roosevelt found her a position with the New York State Democratic Committee. When Hickok's health continued to decline, she moved to Hyde Park to be closer to Roosevelt.
  • FORTIES
  • 1941
    Age 47
    From early January 1941 until shortly after FDR's fourth inauguration in 1945, she lived at the White House.
    More Details Hide Details During her time there, Hickok's nominal address was at the Mayflower Hotel in DC, where she met most people. Also during this time, she formed an intense friendship with Marion Janet Harron, a United States Tax Court judge who was ten years younger than she and almost the only person to visit her at the White House.
  • 1940
    Age 46
    With help from Roosevelt, Hickok became the executive secretary of the Women's Division of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in February 1940, doing groundwork for the 1940 election.
    More Details Hide Details Taking to the road again, she wrote Roosevelt, "This job is such fun, dear... It's the nearest thing to newspaper work I've found since I left the A.P."
  • 1936
    Age 42
    On the advice of Roosevelt's secretary, Malvina Thompson, Hickok then sought work in New York with public relations man and politician Grover Whalen. Shortly after Franklin Roosevelt's 1936 re-election, Hickok was hired by Whalen to do publicity for the 1939 New York World's Fair.
    More Details Hide Details Opportunities for female employees of the Fair were limited, and she found the work unrewarding compared to her reporting days. Hickok primarily worked on promoting the fair to young people, including arranging class trips. Because Hickok rented both a country home and an apartment, she often faced financial problems despite her good salary during these years, and Roosevelt occasionally sent her small gifts of money.
    After an incident with her diabetes while traveling, Hickok resigned her FERA post for health reasons in late 1936.
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    Following complications with her diabetes, Hickok resigned from FERA in 1936 and worked for three years promoting the 1939 New York World's Fair.
    More Details Hide Details From 1940 to 1945, she served as the executive secretary of the Women's Division of the Democratic National Committee, living at the White House for most of this time. As her diabetes steadily worsened, she lived out her final years at Hyde Park to be near Roosevelt, publishing several books. Lorena Hickok, popularly known as "Hick", was born in East Troy in Walworth County, Wisconsin, the daughter of Anna Adelsa (née Waite) and Addison Hickok. Lorena's mother made dresses, while her father was a buttermaker. During childhood, Hickok experienced a troubled family life, characterized by abuse, unemployment, and repeated moves. When Hickok was ten, the family moved to Bowdle, South Dakota. An introverted child, Hickok was embarrassed by her height, and later recalled that she spent most of her time in solitude, daydreaming or playing with the animals of her family's farm. At fourteen, she left home following her mother's death, and worked as a maid until her mother's cousin, Ella Ellis, took her in. While living with Ellis, Hickok finished high school and enrolled at Lawrence College in Appleton, Wisconsin.
  • 1934
    Age 40
    In March 1934, Hickok accompanied Eleanor on a fact-finding trip to the US territory of Puerto Rico, reporting afterward to Hopkins that the island's poverty was too severe for FERA to usefully intervene.
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    In February 1934, Time called her "a rotund lady with a husky voice, a peremptory manner, baggy clothes", a description that wounded Hickok.
    More Details Hide Details In a letter to Hopkins' secretary, she asked, "Why the Hell CAN'T they leave me alone?" Following the incident, Hickok and Roosevelt redoubled their efforts to keep their relationship out of the spotlight; on one occasion, Roosevelt wrote to her, "we must must be careful this summer & keep it out of the papers when we are off together. As Roosevelt became more active as first lady, however, she had less time for Hickok. Hickok grew angry and jealous at perceived slights, and demanded more time alone, which Roosevelt was unable to give; at other times, she attempted unsuccessfully to separate herself from Roosevelt. Though the pair remained friends throughout their lives, they continued to grow apart in the years that followed. In 1937, Roosevelt wrote to Hickok that "I never meant to hurt you in any way, but that is no excuse having done it... I am pulling back from all my contacts now... Such cruelty & stupidity is unpardonable when you reach my age."
    During her time with FERA, Hickok developed a dislike of reporters. In one report to Hopkins in 1934, she wrote, "Believe me, the next state administrator who lets out any publicity on me is going to get his head cracked".
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1933
    Age 39
    In 1933, Hickok went on a two-month tour of the American South, where she was horrified by the poverty, malnutrition, and lack of education that she encountered.
    More Details Hide Details She urged Eleanor to visit a tent city of homeless ex-miners in Morgantown, West Virginia, an experience that led Eleanor to found the federal housing project of Arthurdale, West Virginia.
    Despite her worries about leaving the career on which she had built her identity, Hickok quit the AP at Eleanor's urging in mid-1933.
    More Details Hide Details Eleanor then helped Hickok obtain the position as a Chief Investigator for Harry Hopkins' Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA), where she conducted fact-finding missions.
    By Franklin's inauguration on March 4, 1933, Hickok had become Eleanor's closest friend.
    More Details Hide Details The two made trips together to Albany and Washington, D.C., and spent nearly every day in each other's company. Hickok joined the Roosevelts every Sunday night for dinner, while on other nights Eleanor joined Hickok at the theater or opera, or at dinners alone at Hickok's apartment. For the inauguration, Eleanor wore a sapphire ring Hickok had given her. That same day, Hickok interviewed Roosevelt in a White House bathroom, her first official interview as First Lady. By this time, Hickok was deeply in love with Roosevelt and finding it increasingly difficult to provide objective reporting. In addition, Hickok's job kept her largely in New York, while Eleanor was in Washington. Both women were troubled by the separation, professing their love by telephone and letter; Roosevelt put a picture of Hickok up in her study, which she told Hickok she kissed every night and every morning. During this period, Roosevelt wrote daily ten- to fifteen-page letters to "Hick", who was planning to write a biography of the First Lady.
  • 1932
    Age 38
    When the mother of Franklin's secretary, Missy LeHand, died in October 1932, Eleanor invited Hickok to accompany her to Potsdam, New York for the funeral.
    More Details Hide Details The women spent the long train ride talking, beginning a long friendship.
    In 1932, Hickok convinced her editors to allow her to cover Eleanor Roosevelt during her husband's presidential campaign and for the four-month period between his election and inauguration.
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  • 1928
    Age 34
    Hickok first met Roosevelt in 1928 when assigned to interview her by the AP.
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    Her November 1928 story on the sinking of the SS Vestris was published in the New York Times under her own byline, the first woman's byline to appear in the paper.
    More Details Hide Details She also reported on the Lindbergh kidnapping and other national events. By 1932, she had become the nation's best-known female reporter.
    After working for The Mirror for about a year, Hickok obtained a job with the Associated Press in 1928, where she became one of the wire service's top correspondents.
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  • 1926
    Age 32
    During her years in Minneapolis, Hickok lived with a society reporter named Ella Morse, with whom she had an eight-year relationship. In 1926, Hickok was diagnosed with diabetes, and Morse persuaded her take a year's leave from the newspaper so the pair could travel to San Francisco and Hickok could write a novel.
    More Details Hide Details At the beginning of the leave, however, Morse unexpectedly eloped with an ex-boyfriend, leaving Hickok devastated. Unable to face a return to Minneapolis, Hickok moved to New York, landing a job with the New York Daily Mirror.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1923
    Age 29
    In 1923, she won an award from the Associated Press for writing the best feature story of the month, a piece on President Warren G. Harding's funeral train.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1893
    Born
    Born in 1893.
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