Marietta Peabody Tree

Marietta Peabody Tree

Socialite + Political Supporter
Born Apr 17, 1917

Marietta Peabody Tree was an American socialite and political supporter, who represented the United States on the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, appointed under the administration of John F. Kennedy. Economist George Goodman proclaimed: "All women should go to Marietta Tree School".… Read More

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1917 Birth Born on April 17, 1917.


1936 19 Years Old Her father insisted that she, unlike many society girls of the time, attend college, and she enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania in 1936. … Read More


1939 22 Years Old During college, Marietta was courted by Harvard law graduate and New York lawyer Desmond FitzGerald. The couple married on September 2, 1939, and Marietta gave birth to a daughter Frances FitzGerald, who later became a noted journalist and historian. … Read More
1941 24 Years Old Her ardent liberal Democratic views clashed with those of her Republican husband and created tensions in the marriage. After America entered the Second World War in December 1941, Marietta accepted a post as part of the American delegation assisting the British Ministry of Information. … Read More


1947 30 Years Old Although he was bisexual and twenty years older than Marietta, Tree and Peabody divorced their respective partners at the end of World War II and married on July 26, 1947. … Read More
1954 37 Years Old Marietta Tree immediately joined the Lexington Democratic Club, and two years later was elected the county chairwoman. She was elected to the Democratic State Committee in 1954. In 1952, Tree became involved in the Presidential election campaign of Adlai Stevenson. … Read More
1956 39 Years Old Tree was part of Stevenson's unsuccessful 1956 Presidential campaign, and upon his return to a legal career the pair continued their affair but became slightly more distant. … Read More


1960 43 Years Old This encouraged Tree's earlier lover, the film director John Huston, who even gave her a role in his 1960 movie The Misfits. … Read More
1961 44 Years Old She served in this position from 1961 to 1964. … Read More


1976 59 Years Old Ronald and Marietta became virtually estranged. Ronald Tree died of a stroke on July 14, 1976, in London, while Marietta was in New York. … Read More


1990 73 Years Old Her friends in the 1980s included Donald Trump, Charles Wrightsman (who in 1986 bought the Lorenzo Lotto artwork Venus and Cupid in her honour for the Metropolitan Museum of Art); and President Ronald and Nancy Reagan, the latter of whom she was criticized for in the Democratic party, which she worked for until 1990 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
1991 74 Years Old Tree fought the disease hard, including undertaking a double mastectomy, and told her friends she was suffering from influenza. Tree died on August 15, 1991, at her home in New York. … Read More
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