Marylou Whitney
American philanthropist
Marylou Whitney
Marylou Whitney is a noted philanthropist and a prominent socialite. Whitney has many residences, first and foremost her "Cady Hill" estate in Saratoga Springs New York, a massive camp in the Adirondacks, a farm near Lexington, Kentucky, a winter home in Florida, an apartment in New York City and a residence in Alaska where her current husband is from.
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'Oprah: Where Are They Now?': Alaskan Bachelor Married A Millionaire
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"Oprah: Where Are They Now?" continues to follow Oprah Winfrey as she checks in with some of her more memorable guests from "The Oprah Winfrey Show." This week featured the men from a 1989 episode in which 20 Alaskan bachelors flew to Chicago to find love. Unfortunately, nobody found "Bachelor" magic on that show, but many went on to find love afterward. Perhaps the most surprising love connection came from John Hendrickson. "John Hendrickson was the bachelor who wanted a woman who wasn’t afraid to succeed," Winfrey said. "Well, his wish came true. A few years after that show, 32-year-old John married 71-year-old Vanderbilt heiress Marylou Whitney." The couple wed in 1997, and according to a report in the Palm Beach Daily News, they're still happily together. They're now living in a recently purchased $3 million mansion in the area. Come back for more updates of classic guests on "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on OWN. TV Replay scours th ...
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Estate Section home on Jungle Road sells for recorded $6.8 million - Palm Beach Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
Berger, in turn, had purchased the house in 1993 from Marylou Whitney and the estate of her late husband, CV “Sonny” Whitney. Petrie also owns a condominium on Australian Avenue that she bought in 2009, property records show. Petrie, a former model,
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BACKSTRETCH: Locals come together for backstretch community - The Saratogian
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Four years ago, John Hendrickson and Marylou Whitney set a new standard for programs of support on the backstretch. Acting as point guard for a team of like-minded folks, Hendrickson organized a series of meals, movies,
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The Prescott Brown Race - Albany Times Union (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Wednesday eighth race at Saratoga is named after longtime Schenectady County Community College professor Prescott Brown, who planned many parties for Marylou Whitney and her husband John Hendrickson. Brown's family and friends will gather in the
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Jockey Club names five new members - Daily Racing Form
Google News - over 5 years
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – The Jockey Club has elected five new members, including Charles Hayward, the chief executive of the New York Racing Association, and Marylou Whitney, the New York philanthropist and owner-breeder, the organization
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142nd TRAVERS STAKES: Sale horses vs. homebreds in the stakes - The Saratogian
Google News - over 5 years
A Whitney horse struck again in 2004, 75 years after the family's first Travers win, when Birdstone — a homebred campaigned by Marylou Whitney, the widow of CV Whitney who is now married to John Hendrickson — splashed to victory through the rain and
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RISING STARS: Another big weekend for juveniles at Saratoga - The Saratogian
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First Corinthian (Cornelio Velasquez, post 3), who will run as a homebred for Marylou Whitney, is making his first start for Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito in today's sixth race, a maiden special weight going six furlongs
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SARATOGA RACE COURSE: What's in a name - The Saratogian
Google News - over 5 years
Saratoga owner and socialite Marylou Whitney has presented the trophy for the race to the winning connections. The AG Vanderbilt Handicap, a Grade I sprint for 3-year-olds and up, was renamed in 2000 for Alfred Gwynn Vanderbilt
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Saratoga Springs honors Marylou Whitney - WNYT
Google News - over 5 years
SARATOGA SPRINGS - Marylou Whitney has a love affair with this city and its people. And the feelings are mutual. "She's a beautiful person, she treats everyone the same and everyone adores her," says one of the hundreds of people paying tribute to
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Pulitzer Prize-winner to speak on Vanderbilt - Albany Times Union (blog)
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His great-great-grandson, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, a successful businessman and race horse owner, married Marylou Whitney. Tuesday's discussion is free and open to the public and will be held in the casino's ballroom, which can accommodate several
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Siro's Cup kicks off Saratoga racing season - Bizjournals.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Saratoga socialite and philanthropist Marylou Whitney and husband John Hendrickson are greeted by Anne Schneider Costigan, deputy director of Center for Disability Services Foundation as they arrive at the center's fundraiser at Siro's in Saratoga
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Saratoga Springs' Siro's Cup still selling tickets - Bizjournals.com
Google News - over 5 years
Here's a sampling of this year's guest list: socialite and philanthropist Marylou Whitney and her husband, John Hendrickson; George Hearst III, publisher of the Times Union; restaurateur Angelo Mazzone, who owns Scotia-based Mazzone Management Group;
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Historic Saratoga: Rich and famous - Albany Times Union
Google News - over 5 years
(Courtesy Marylou Whitney) Marylou Whitney arrives to the Wizard of Oz. (Courtesy Marylou Whitney) Marylou Whitney, right, visits with Kay Leach and Mrs. Ogden Phipps at Saratoga Performing Arts Center's opening night on July 8, 1966
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Saratoga memories project - Albany Times Union (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Marylou Whitney ((Photo courtesy Marylou Whitney)) “In the office downstairs (in the Canfield Casino), there is a metal trash can. One day, and this was years ago, the cover on it went flying off the trash can. As I remember it, one of the ladies who
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Marylou Whitney Rose Planted in Yaddo Garden - Saratoga.com
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In honor of his wife's 85th birthday, John Hendrickson had a pink, fragrant tea rose genetically engineered and named the "Marylou Whitney Rose." Marylou Whitney, Hendrickson's wife,
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Marylou Whitney Rose makes debut at Yaddo - Albany Times Union
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The Marylou Whitney Rose is in bloom. Less than a year after John Hendrickson delivered his wife the naming rights to a select pink rose variety, the long-stemmed flower is revealing itself in the couple's hometown backyard. The pink tea rose makes its
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Dept. of Rank Speculation: Sarah in Toga? Ill betcha - Albany Times Union (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Or maybe she'll opt to sleep there — she's old buddies with John Hendrickson, husband of Spa City Grand Dame Marylou Whitney, and I'm sure they can find a few spare rooms for her. Then she can tour the Saratoga Battlefield, where we turned the tide in
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Marylou Whitney
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 89
    Churchill Downs in Kentucky honored her as "First Lady of the Oaks" in 2015 for her dedication to such causes as women's health, equine well being and philanthropic endeavors that benefit the racing community.
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    In 2015, Marylou and her husband, John Hendrickson, donated the cost to build Centennial Park in Saratoga Springs as a gift to the city for its 100th Anniversary.
    More Details Hide Details Marylou Whitney is currently the largest private landowner in the state of New York by owning Whitney Park.
  • 2011
    Age 85
    She was awarded in January 2011 an Eclipse Award of Merit for a "lifetime of outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing."
    More Details Hide Details Whitney was one of the founding members of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and was the major contributor to the Secretariat Center at the Kentucky Horse Park. She has supported efforts to find retired racehorses new careers once their racing days have concluded. Attached to each Jockey Club registration paper of every horse she breeds is a message indicating how to contact her if one of her horses needs a home.
    In 2011, Whitney was elected to the Jockey Club.
    More Details Hide Details Whitney has been instrumental in donating and raising funds for medical institutions. Over $44 million was raised for the building and establishment of the Markey Cancer Center in Lexington. As one of the founders, Whitney has been a fund raiser and has made many television appearances on its behalf. Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson donated $2.5 million for the Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson Cancer Facility for Women at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center. The building was dedicated in Lexington, Kentucky, in December 2001 by officials from the University of Kentucky and the McDowell Cancer Foundation. The Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson Cancer Facility for Women is and opened in 2002. It provides multidisciplinary ambulatory care for women suffering from breast cancer, gynecologic cancers, and lung, hematologic, gastrointestinal and urologic cancers. Whitney has co-chaired an annual luncheon in Saratoga to raise funds to battle breast cancer for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
  • 2010
    Age 84
    In 2010 a specially bred, long-stem pink tea rose, hybridized by Canadian rose breeder Brad Jalbert, was named in Whitney's honor.
    More Details Hide Details A gift for her 85th birthday from her husband John, the "Marylou Whitney Rose" will be the showcase rose in the "Marylou Whitney Rose Garden" at Congress Park near the entrance of the Canfield Casino. The Marylou Whitney Rose was also planted in the Yaddo Rose Garden in Saratoga Springs, NY. The gift of the rose was accompanied by a $10,000 donation from Mrs. Whitney and her husband John Hendrickson to help with the upkeep of the gardens.
  • 2009
    Age 83
    Birdstone produced two classic winners in his first crop: 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and eventual 2009 Three Year Old Champion Summer Bird.
    More Details Hide Details No other stallion has sired two classic winners in his first crop since the late 19th century. Whitney also bred and raced champion filly Bird Town, who holds the record for the fastest Kentucky Oaks in history. Whitney is the only woman to breed and race a Kentucky Oaks winner. In 2003, she was honored by the New York Turf Writers with the Ogden Phipps Award (Top Breeder). Whitney was one of the founding members of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and was the major contributor to the Secretariat Center at the Kentucky Horse Park, where the Marylou Whitney Barn is stationed. She believes in finding retired racehorses new careers and loving homes once their racing careers have ended. Attached to each Jockey Club registration paper of every horse she breeds is a message indicating how to contact her if one of her horses needs a home.
  • 1995
    Age 69
    Whitney is also an adventurer. She led an expedition with Norman Vaughan to the South Pole in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details At that time, Colonel Vaughan was the only man alive who was on Admiral Byrd's first expedition to the south pole. His wish was to return there on his 90th birthday. They spent three and one-half weeks in the Antarctic, pitching their small tents each night under grueling conditions, before reaching the South Pole. The United States Military at the South Pole Base gave them the American flag that was flying over the South Pole for their planned excursion to the North Pole several months later. They flew that flag over the North Pole with frostbitten fingers and polar bears headed toward them. It made history as the first time the same United States flag was flown over both poles, and the first time a female had ever accomplished both expeditions within a four-month period. Whitney said that she will never regret having the adventure, although her fingers were numb and black upon her return home.
  • 1993
    Age 67
    In 1993, Whitney once again served as Dinner Chairman along with Mike Roarty (General Chairman), and Lou Schwartz (Dinner Chairman).
    More Details Hide Details ABC's Robin Roberts was the evening's Introductions Host, ASA Chairman Dick Enberg served as Host, and ASA Board of Director Jon Miller was the Master of Ceremonies. The honorees included: Howard Cosell (Hall of Fame Inductee); Marty Glickman (Hall of Fame Inductee); Bob Costas (Sportscaster of the Year Award); Merle Harmon (Graham McNamee Award); and A.J. Foyt (Sports Legend Award). The ASA also gave out a special "Upset of the Year" Award to recognize the stunning victory of racehorse Lil E. Tee, a 17 to 1 longshot that won the Kentucky Derby that year. Whitney, along with Chicago Cubs announcer Jack Brickhouse, made the presentation to David Downs, who was Vice President of Sports Programming at ABC Sports at the time, for their live coverage of the event. Some of the celebrity guests at the events included: New York Yankees great Yogi Berra, sportscasting legend Curt Gowdy; WWE President Vince McMahon; former Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda; "Voice of Boxing" Don Dunphy; Metropolitan Opera singer Robert Merrill; NBA Commissioner David Stern; former President of NBC Sports Dick Ebersol; Boston Celtics play-by-play announcer Tommy Heinsohn; former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca; world-renowned artist LeRoy Neiman; NBC Sportscasters Don Criqui and Charlie Jones; Rachel Robinson, wife of Brooklyn Dodgers great Jackie Robinson; former Miss America and actress Mary Ann Mobley; founder of the Guardian Angels Curtis Sliwa and many others.
  • 1992
    Age 66
    In 1992, Whitney served alongside Michael J. Roarty, former Vice President of Marketing for Anheuser Busch (General Chairman); Senator Jack Kemp (Honorary Co-Chairman); Senator Bill Bradley (Honorary Co-Chairman); ASA President Lou Schwartz (Dinner Chairman); and former boxing champ Jose Torres (Journal Chairman).
    More Details Hide Details The Master of Ceremonies for the event was veteran talk show host Larry King. The honorees included: Vin Scully (Hall of Fame Inductee); Bob Costas (Sportscaster of the Year Award); Bud Greenspan (Graham McNamee Award); Arthur Ashe (Sports Legend Award); and John Madden (Sports Personality of the Year). There was also a tribute to the "Voice of the Brooklyn Dodgers" Red Barber, who died that year, by former broadcasting partners Mel Allen and Vin Scully.
    Whitney has ties to the Long Lake area in the Adirondacks. Upon CV's death in 1992, Marylou inherited Whitney Industries, a large gravel and lumber business with 51,000 acres (210 km²) of critical Adirondack real estate.
    More Details Hide Details With John Hendrickson taking the lead in negotiations, some 14,700 acres (59 km²) were sold to New York State for $17.1 million, after initially seeking rights to develop 40 exclusive shoreline estates on the western stretch of the Whitney Estate. Environmentalists strongly advocated New York State to purchase 14,700 acres. The acquired lands are called the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area. On July 16, 2007 Marylou and John donated $250,000 to the Long Lake Library, a gift of five times the library's operating budget. In celebration of the gift, the library will be renamed The Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Long Lake Library. The Marylou Whitney Medical Complex in Long Lake, New York, was also dedicated in her honor for her devotion to their needs. She is also a supporter of the Long Lake United Methodist Church.
    CV "Sonny" Whitney died in 1992, leaving Marylou with an estate estimated at the time to be $100 million. In October 1997, Marylou married John Hendrickson, a (then) 32-year-old tennis champ and former aide to Governor Walter Joseph Hickel of Alaska.
    More Details Hide Details John proposed to Marylou in Buckingham Palace. C.V. Whitney and his family were a major force in Thoroughbred horse racing and have had more stakes winners than any other family in the history of racing in the United States. Whitney dispersed his stock in the 1980s, not wanting to burden his wife with the business. After C.V.'s death, Marylou spent a substantial amount of time and money trying to buy back "Whitney Mares". She purchased Dear Birdie, who proved to be the foundation for "Marylou Whitney Stables". Dear Birdie was named Broodmare of the Year in 2004. She is the dam of Birdstone and champion Bird Town. Marylou Whitney Stables bred, raced and stands Birdstone, the 2004 Belmont Stakes and Travers Stakes winner.
  • 1986
    Age 60
    As a founder of the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame, she helped raise over $1.5 million prior to the 1986 opening.
    More Details Hide Details The Hall of Fame is named after Marylou and C.V. Whitney. Marylou has been advocating for the museum since its inception. She is also supportive of the Saratoga Hospital, where the cardiac catheterization lab is named in her honor. Whitney and her husband John also donated $1 million to the Radiation Onocology Center at the Saratoga Hospital. She was a founder of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) and she has helped underwrite the New York City Ballet's summer residency at SPAC. Whitney was awarded the First Star on the Walk of Fame for her timeless efforts. She also supports the Saratoga YMCA, having the newly built pool named in her honor. During the Saratoga Race Meet, she is the Honorary Chair and hosts numerous charities during the season as well. Whitney suffered a stroke in early 2006, which seriously curtailed her activities in Saratoga during the 2006 meet (late July through early September) when traditionally she is a crucial social figure. She and her husband initiated the Backstretch Appreciation program to benefit backstretch workers who work at Saratoga Race Course. Each night an activity is scheduled for the 2,000 employees such as dinners, bingo, movie, karaoke and a learn English night. Whitney and Hendrickson donate much time and money to this effort.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1958
    Age 32
    After her divorce, she married Cornelius Vanderbilt "Sonny" Whitney in 1958, and they had one daughter, Cornelia.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1948
    Age 22
    Schroeder married Frank Hosford in 1948, and they had four children: Marion Louise "M'Lou", Frank "Hobbs", Henry "Hank", and Heather.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1925
    Born
    Born on December 24, 1925.
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