Marietta Peabody Tree

Marietta Peabody Tree

Socialite + Political Supporter
Born Apr 17, 1917
Hometown Lawrence, Massach...
Died Aug 15, 1991
Death Place New York City
Nationality American
Alma Mater Universitas Penns...

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.


1939 22 Years Old During college, Tree 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. … Read More
1940 23 Years Old Although she withdrew from the Class of 1940 without a degree, in later interviews she often remarked: "I'll never stop being grateful to my father for forcing me to go to college. … 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
1952 35 Years Old In 1952, Tree became involved in the Presidential election campaign of Adlai Stevenson. … 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.
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.
1965 48 Years Old On July 14, 1965, Tree and Stevenson were walking in London when he suffered a heart attack, and later died at St. George's Hospital. … Read More


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


1987 70 Years Old In 1987 she appeared in the Danny Huston film Mr. North, and a few weeks before John Huston died of emphysema on August 28, 1987, Tree visited him in a hospital in Middletown, Rhode Island and his electrocardiogram "started jumping with excitement as soon as she entered the room." … 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 1 More Event
Her ashes were buried by her daughters with her 1991 red leather diary attached to the urn. … Read More
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