Madeleine Astor
Socialite and Titanic Survivor
Madeleine Astor
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19 June 1893
27 March 1940
home town
Brooklyn, New York
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Madeleine astor
Birth name
Madeleine Talmage Force
Resting place
Church of the Intercession and Trinity Church Cemetery
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Titanic's Last Supper - The Epoch Times
Google News - over 5 years
While the soup with its undercurrents of Irish whiskey was homey and hearty, the next course had all the sophistication that Madeleine Astor or Lady Christiana Duff-Gordon would have expected. Thin slices of roast breast of squab were paired with a
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ANTIQUES; Connoisseurs Of Tragedy Disperse Relics of Wrecks
NYTimes - over 6 years
The 20th century's doomed ocean liners keep reappearing as fragments on the antiques market. In the last few decades collectors have reassembled some scattered contents of infamous shipwrecks like that of the Normandie, which burned at a Manhattan pier in 1942, and the Andrea Doria, which crashed into another ship near Nantucket, Mass., in 1956.
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Keeping 'Titanic' Dynamic
NYTimes - about 18 years
It is 12:30 P.M. on a Wednesday on West 46th Street in Manhattan. Cars with suburban license plates pull into nearby garages. Charter buses unload streams of tourists who set out trolling for pre-theater lunch deals. And inside the Lunt-Fontanne Theater, the strains of a lone clarinet float up from the orchestra pit, just one of a very different
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NYTimes - over 18 years
Free Choices TODAY The Long Island Cabaret Theater takes the stage at the Hicksville Library at 2 P.M. with ''Hitting the High Notes,'' a revue featuring Tom Stallone, Christine Jordan and the Bill Holland Trio (931-1417). Lead by Jeremy Kempton and joined by Joan Dawidziak as oboe soloist, the Island Chamber Symphony plays Beethoven and Handel at
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Streetscapes/The Burden Mansion; The Soot's Coming off, but a Blemish Will Remain
NYTimes - over 22 years
WORKMEN are now scrubbing decades of soot off what the Landmarks Preservation Commission calls New York's "finest Beaux-Arts town house," the 1905 Burden mansion at 7 East 91st Street. Now occupied by a private school, the Convent of the Sacred Heart, the Burden house is half of an unusual pair of buildings built by the families of two sisters.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Madeleine Astor
Born on June 19, 1893.
Madeleine and Jack were engaged in August 1911 and married on September 9, 1911. There was a considerable amount of opposition to his marriage not only because of their age difference but also since he had divorced his first wife only two years previously in November 1909.
Many were opposed to divorce at this time and felt that if people were divorced they should not be allowed to remarry. Some Episcopalian Ministers refused to perform the ceremony. The couple were eventually married at Beechwood which was his mansion in Newport, by a Minister of the Congregational Church. His son William Vincent Astor (1891–1959) served as best man. After they were wed, Jack took Madeleine on his yacht and before he left he said, "Now that we are happily married I don’t care how difficult divorce and remarriage laws are made. I sympathize heartily with the most straight-laced people in most of their ideas but I believe remarriage should be possible once, as marriage is the happiest condition for the individual and the community." After their marriage, they had an extended honeymoon. They visited several places locally first, then in January 1912, they sailed from New York on the Titanic's sister ship the Olympic and enjoyed a long Egyptian tour. It was while returning from this part of their honeymoon that they booked their passage on the Titanic.
On the night of April 14, 1912, Colonel Astor reported to his wife that the ship had hit an iceberg.
He reassured her that the damage did not appear serious, though he helped her strap on her lifebelt. While they were waiting on the boat-deck, Mrs. Astor lent Leah Aks, a third-class passenger, her fur shawl to keep her son, Filly, warm. At one point, the Astors retired to the gymnasium and sat on the mechanical horses in their lifebelts. Colonel Astor found another lifebelt which he reportedly cut with a pen knife to show Madeleine what it was made of. When it was time to board a life boat, Madeleine Astor, her maid, and her nurse had to crawl through the first-class promenade window into the tilting lifeboat 4 (which had been lowered down to A deck to take on more passengers). Astor had helped his wife to climb through the window and asked if he could accompany her as she was 'in a delicate condition'. The request was denied by Second Officer Charles Lightoller. An account of Madeleine's boarding of the lifeboat was given by Archibald Gracie IV to the US Senate Titanic inquiry. Gracie was a fellow passenger and recalled the events regarding Madeleine in the following terms.
On August 14, 1912, Madeleine gave birth to Jakey at her Fifth Avenue mansion.
For the next four years, she raised him as part of the Astor family.
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.
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.
There were also many articles about her eldest son.
Four years after Colonel Astor's death, Madeleine married her childhood friend banker William Karl Dick (May 28, 1888 – September 5, 1953) on June 22, 1916, in Bar Harbor, Maine.
He was a vice president of the Manufacturers Trust Company of New York and a part owner and director of the Brooklyn Times. As stated in Colonel Astor's will, Madeleine lost her stipend from his trust fund. She bore Dick two sons:
They divorced on July 21, 1933, in Reno, Nevada. Four months later, on November 27, 1933, Madeleine married Italian actor/boxer Enzo Fiermonte (1908–1993) in a civil ceremony in New York City, New York. They honeymooned in Palm Beach, Florida. They eventually moved there. They had no children together and divorced on June 11, 1938, in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Madeleine died of a heart ailment at her mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, on March 27, 1940, at the age of 46.
She was buried in Trinity Church Cemetery in New York City, in a mausoleum with her mother.
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