Madeleine Astor

Socialite and Titanic Survivor
Born Jun 19, 1893

Madeleine Talmage Astor Dick (June 19, 1893 – March 27, 1940) was the second wife and widow of millionaire John Jacob Astor IV and a survivor of the RMS Titanic disaster.

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  • Titanic's Last Supper The Epoch Times
    Google News - Jun 20, 2011
  • Antiques; Connoisseurs Of Tragedy Disperse Relics Of Wrecks
    NYTimes - Jun 18, 2010
  • Keeping 'titanic' Dynamic
    NYTimes - Oct 02, 1998
  • Long Island Guide
    NYTimes - Mar 29, 1998


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Madeleine Astor.


1893 Birth She was born as Madeleine Talmage Force on June 19, 1893, in Brooklyn, New York to William Hurlbut Force and his wife, the former Katherine Arvilla Talmage (1863-c.1930). … Read More


1910 17 Years Old She met John Astor, reportedly the richest man in America, in 1910 and although it is not certain where they were first introduced there is a newspaper article which shows that he entertained the whole Force family at his home at Bar Harbor in September 1910. During their courtship he took her on automobile drives and yacht trips and they were often followed by the press. One of the press photos of Madeleine during this time is shown on the left. Madeleine and John were engaged in August 1911 and married in September. There was a considerable amount of opposition to his marriage mainly because John had divorced his first wife only two years previously in 1909. … Read More
1912 19 Years Old 1 More Event
On the night of April 14, 1912, Colonel Astor reported to his wife that the ship had hit an iceberg. … Read More


1913 20 Years Old She did not seem to appear very often in society until the end of 1913, when according to the press they were able to publish her first photograph since the Titanic disaster.
1915 22 Years Old After this, she appeared more often in public and her activities were frequently reported in the press. In 1915 she remodelled her house on Fifth Avenue and this was made a feature article in the New York Sun. … Read More
1916 23 Years Old Madeleine Astor's second marriage was on June 22, 1916, in Bar Harbor, Maine. … Read More


1933 40 Years Old They divorced on July 21, 1933, in Reno, Nevada. Four months later, on November 27, 1933, Madeleine married twenty-six-year-old Italian boxer Enzo Fiermonte in a civil ceremony in New York City.
1938 45 Years Old They divorced five years later on June 11, 1938, in West Palm Beach, Florida and Madeleine resumed her former surname, Dick. Madeleine Dick died of a heart ailment in Palm Beach, Florida, on March 27, 1940, at the age of 46. … Read More
1940 47 Years Old Died on March 27, 1940.
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