Marietta Peabody Tree
Socialite, political supporter
Marietta Peabody Tree
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".
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City gets permit for Harmar boat docks - Marietta Times
Google News - over 5 years
Marilyn Ortt with the Marietta Tree Commission, suggested using wood from a 153-year-old ash tree recently cut down near the intersection of Third and Putnam streets to construct a picnic shelter along the River Trail. The tree was removed to prevent
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80-foot tree to be removed - Parkersburg News
Google News - over 5 years
This removal would have used up most of that $37500 grant had AEP Ohio not made the offer, said Julia Paugstat, chairwoman of the Marietta Tree Commission. Workers from AEP Ohio and Asplundh will work on cutting the tree from 6 am to 4 pm starting
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William Watson: Indulging Quebec - Financial Post
Google News - over 5 years
Through it all, he and his Alabama-born wife, Lee, whom he met in Saigon in the late 1950s, befriended large numbers of people, and so there are recollections of David Ogilvy, of advertising fame; Marietta Tree, the Washington socialite and Democrat;
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Marietta Tree Fall - WTAP-TV
Google News - over 5 years
A tenant in the Fay Avenue house says the first half of the tree came down almost ten years ago and landed on their rental house. But they were worried about the rotted second half that came down today...narrowly missing their utility shed and the
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In the Wynn crowd - Sydney Morning Herald
Google News - almost 6 years
But all that is just one of life's chapters for Lady Potter, who has counted the likes of Rupert Murdoch, Evelyn Lauder, Marietta Tree, Henry Kissinger and Lord Alistair McAlpine as friends. Her philosophy on life is simple: ''Meet it halfway,
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Officials: Check license before signing tree removal contracts - Chattanooga Times Free Press
Google News - almost 6 years
Marietta Tree Service and Landscaping owner Tracy Langston, who has been working in Ringgold since the storm hit, said he often sees questionable companies take advantage of residents during a catastrophe. These companies set high prices and rush in to
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Catoosa County Sheriff: Victims Beware of Scams - WDEF News 12
Google News - almost 6 years
Tracy Langston, Owner, Marietta Tree Service, "Smaller tree companies are using bobcats. Stuff to just rip stuff off of houses and they're doing further damage to houses." "They're just throwing out prices, they're over pricing stuff, and then they're
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Local family sets 'living green' example - Parkersburg News
Google News - almost 6 years
The event is hosted by Peoples Bank, the Ohio State University Extension office in Washington County, the Marietta Tree Commission and the Marietta Area Recycling Center. Green technologies, hands-on activities for kids, environmental displays and
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Judith Peabody, 80, Dies; Aided Arts and the Sick
NYTimes - over 6 years
Judith D. Peabody, a doyenne of New York society known equally for her philanthropy and volunteer work, especially on behalf of people with AIDS and their families, died on Sunday in her Fifth Avenue apartment in Manhattan. She was 80. The cause was a series of strokes that had kept her bedridden for the past two years, said her husband, Samuel P.
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Paid Notice: Deaths PEABODY, GEORGE LEE
NYTimes - about 7 years
PEABODY--George Lee, on January 16. Son of the Rt. Rev. and Mrs. Malcolm Peabody, died peacefully on his 88th birthday after a long illness leaving his loving wife Alice, brothers Sam and Malcolm, Jr. and many devoted nephews and nieces. Predeceased by his brother Endicott II and sister Marietta Tree. Services to be announced.
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Paid Notice: Deaths PEABODY, GEORGE LEE
NYTimes - about 7 years
PEABODY--George Lee, on January 16. Son of the Rt. Rev. and Mrs. Malcolm Peabody, died peacefully on his 88th birthday after a long illness leaving his loving wife Alice, brothers Sam and Malcolm, Jr. and many devoted nephews and nieces. Predeceased by his brother Endicott II and sister Marietta Tree. Services to be announced.
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Brooke Astor, Wry Aristocrat Of the People, Is Dead at 105
NYTimes - over 9 years
Brooke Astor, who by night reigned over New York society with a decided disdain for pretension and by day devoted her time and considerable resources to New York's unfortunate, died yesterday afternoon at her weekend estate, Holly Hill, in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. She was 105. Her death was confirmed by Kenneth E. Warner, a lawyer for Mrs. Astor's
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Kennedys Without Tears
NYTimes - almost 13 years
A stunning new history coming in May about the relationship between Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy came floating into my office. I immediately flipped though ''Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House'' by Sally Bedell Smith to see if it included ''the lunch'' of March 22, 1962. On that afternoon, F.B.I. Director J. Edgar
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THE AGE OF DISSONANCE; Je Regrette Tout
NYTimes - about 13 years
THE news first appeared last August with photographs in the papers of anxious ticket buyers waiting in a long line at the St. James Theater box office. Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick were in negotiations to return to ''The Producers'' for a very limited run this winter. I was on Lake Champlain at the time and knew I didn't have a prayer of
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Her Majesty
NYTimes - about 16 years
America's Queen The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. By Sarah Bradford. Illustrated. 500 pp. New York: Viking. $29.95. YOU can make a nice chunk of change writing about Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Virginity lost, money found, Valentino clothes, big horses, little foxes, the father complex, high infidelities, Miss Porter's School and, on
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The Candidate
NYTimes - over 16 years
ROBERT KENNEDY His Life. By Evan Thomas. Illustrated. 509 pp. New York: Simon & Schuster. $28. ''By 1967,'' Evan Thomas observes in ''Robert Kennedy: His Life,'' ''the legends were already half written. To his worshipers in the New York literati, he was a romantic antihero. . . . To liberals like Arthur Schlesinger, he was a voice of enlightenment
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Books in Brief: Nonfiction
NYTimes - almost 17 years
GREAT DAMES What I Learned From Older Women. By Marie Brenner. Crown, $22. Marie Brenner's 10 portraits of women of a certain age provide fascinating, gossipy and even entertaining reading. Marietta Tree, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Constance Baker Motley, Diana Trilling, Jacqueline Onassis, Kay Thompson, Luise Rainer, Pamela Harriman, Clare Boothe Luce
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The Eminence of Excess
NYTimes - over 17 years
It's a hot day in Palm Beach. A dark car with tinted windows stops at a polished gate, and the driver leans toward the intercom: ''Mr. Despont has arrived,'' he announces. The gate slides open; our car slowly moves up a long driveway made of 500,000 hand-set pebbles. It took a crew of eight men two and a half months to set those pebbles. It took
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES; Tidbits From Publishing (And Many a Lunch Table)
NYTimes - almost 18 years
ANOTHER LIFE A Memoir of Other People By Michael Korda 530 pages. Random House. $26.95. As Michael Korda notes in his engaging memoir of a life in publishing, the daily chores of a book editor do not make for dramatic narrative. So readers may come away without a clear notion of exactly what Mr. Korda, the editor in chief of Simon & Schuster, has
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Marietta Peabody Tree
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1991
    Age 73
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her ashes were buried by her daughters. Tree was brought up in a strict household, whose requirements she transferred to her own daughters: they never had dolls when children. Isaiah Berlin characterized her political standing as, "a progressive, liberal figure who was mixed up with a lot of naive left-wing sympathizers." Like her contemporary Pamela Harriman, Marietta attained through men what women of her time were forbidden to attain for themselves. As the feminist movement gained momentum in the 1960s, Marietta refused to support its cause, and in 1967 she angered her fellow female delegates to the New York state constitutional convention, by refusing to sign three resolutions pertaining to women's rights.
  • 1990
    Age 72
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1976
    Age 58
    Ronald and Marietta became virtually estranged. Ronald Tree died of a stroke on July 14, 1976, in London, while Marietta was in New York.
    More Details Hide Details Ronald Tree left Marietta with little money, and she was forced to sell much of the couple's property to remain financially stable. She started an affair with English architect Richard Llewelyn-Davies, and financed the married man's business expansion into the United States. But Davies died suddenly, and Tree was forced to cover some of the estate's debts. Tree through her connections was able to obtain some well paid directorships, including the boards of CBS, Pan Am, and Lend Lease Corporation of Australia. She also served as women's trustee on the board of the University of Pennsylvania. These positions and incomes enabled her to not only support herself, but resist calls from her later publishing and political community lovers to write her memoirs, including lover Eben Pyne. She also served on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 100th Anniversary Committee. In 1987 she appeared in the Danny Huston film Mr. North, released about a month before John Huston died of emphysema on August 28, 1987.
  • FORTIES
  • 1961
    Age 43
    She served in this position from 1961 to 1964.
    More Details Hide Details 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. That night in her diary, she wrote: "Adlai is dead. We were together."
  • 1960
    Age 42
    This encouraged Tree's earlier lover, the film director John Huston, who even gave her a role in his 1960 movie The Misfits.
    More Details Hide Details But she was devoted to Stevenson, and although she refused to divorce Tree, she gladly accepted John F. Kennedy's offer of becoming the United States Representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, aptly appointed under Stevenson as the head of the American delegation.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1956
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Stevenson also took other lovers, keeping Marietta on edge, frequently disclosing his encounters by stockpiling in a drawer by his bed a number of poems and meditations of love that he would send and receive from various women.
  • 1954
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After his defeat, the couple became constant companions and lovers, but Ronald Tree was unfazed and even invited Stevenson to the couple's homes in New York, Barbados and London. Marietta and Stevenson developed code names for each other – Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, and Mr. and Mrs. Richardson – and arranged trysts at various friends' houses that they considered safe.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1947
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Marietta moved into Tree's home, Ditchley Park, but found herself bored with English country life. Tree and most of his friends were Conservatives, and Democrat Marietta again found herself politically isolated. Their daughter Penelope was born in 1949. For the first time in his life short of money, Ronald Tree sold Ditchley and agreed to return to New York with Marietta, her daughter Frances Fitzgerald and their own daughter, future '60s fashion model Penelope Tree, and his butler Collins.
  • 1941
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details When Desmond left New York to fulfill a role in the war effort, Marietta started a passionate and intense affair with the film director John Huston. Rumors, ones often perpetuated by Tree's daughters and friends, liked to paint Marietta as "the only woman Huston ever truly loved." Although contemplating marriage with Huston, Marietta and FitzGerald were invited to Barbados by a colleague from the British Ministry of Information. Ronald Tree, whose mother was the daughter of retail magnate Marshall Field, was then a dollar billionaire; he himself was then MP for Harborough, Leicestershire and friend of Winston Churchill. Although both were married, Marietta and Tree began an affair.
  • 1939
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Marietta began a career as a fact checker despite having no college degree and no prior journalistic experience, and latterly writer for Time magazine. At night she partied with the Astors, Paleys, and Warburgs; describing these years as: "a fever of happiness."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1936
    Age 18
    Her father insisted that she, unlike many society girls of the time, attend college, and she enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania in 1936.
    More Details Hide Details Although she withdrew from the Class of 1940, reflecting the era's skepticism of higher education for women, in later interviews she would exclaim: "I'll never stop being grateful to my father for forcing me to go to college. It changed my life." In 1964 she was presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, and in 1971 with an honorary Bachelor of Arts. She is also an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1917
    Born
    Born on April 17, 1917.
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