Pamela Harriman
American diplomat
Pamela Harriman
Pamela Beryl Harriman, also known as Pamela Churchill Harriman, was an English-born socialite who was married and linked to important and powerful men. In later life, she became a political activist for the United States Democratic Party and a diplomat. Her only child, Winston Churchill, was named after his famous grandfather.
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The last day of the Soviet Union - Irish Times
Google News - over 5 years
In Washington she discussed world affairs with prominent American women at the Washington home of socialite Pamela Harriman. Woman's Own magazine in the UK made her Woman of the Year in 1987. The masses inevitably resented her celebrity
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Screenwriter spends $2.345M in Hollywood 4BD - Blockshopper
Google News - over 5 years
Her screenwriting credits include TV movies, "Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story" and "Mother Knows Best". She also co-produced "Maternal Instincts". According to BlockShopper.com, there have been 526 home sales in Hollywood during the last
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Vilsack tours ambassador's garden - AG Week
Google News - over 5 years
Pamela Harriman, the US ambassador to France during the Clinton administration, gave a Fourth of July garden party promoting American foods that earned her the reputation as the American farmer's best friend in Europe. But it would have been hard to
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UCSB Senior Named 2011 Harriman Fellow - Santa Barbara Independent
Google News - over 5 years
Lucia Tapia, an undergraduate at UC Santa Barbara who is pursuing a double major in French and communication, has received a 2011 Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship from the College of William & Mary and the US State Department
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The Politics of Iranian and American Diplomatic Ties - New America Media
Google News - over 5 years
At one party "Clare Boothe Luce, Marlene Dietrich and Pamela Harriman rose to their feet . . . emulating the undulating movements of the nubile belly dancer." At another party "Elizabeth Taylor showed up, 180 guests sat at fifteen round tables
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Summer Read on Cleopatra Reveals Queen of the Nile Style and Seduction Secrets - Huffington Post
Google News - over 5 years
Cleopatra was seen as a sort of Ptolemaic Pamela Harriman by her contemporaries and the historians who wrote about her reign, an opinion that, according to Schiff, has not been adequately questioned or explored, thus inspiring Shakespeare, Bernard Shaw
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Where Old is News: DC-Area Vintage Guide - Express from The Washington Post
Google News - over 5 years
Inside, the '40s-'90s mix is similarly eclectic: oversized sunburst earrings, June Carter Cash '60s frocks and French blazers worthy of a Pamela Harriman luncheon. A sister shop opened in Vegas in 2008. Price point: High-end labels aren't cheap here,
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ABC's Terry Moran began the final segment of Tuesday's "Nightline" saying ... - NewsBusters (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
HARRIS : [Off camera] She says name-calling is a sign of liberal desperation, although she is the one who has been quoted as calling Hillary Clinton “pond scum” and Pamela Harriman, the now deceased US ambassador to France, a “whore
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Larson's 'In the Garden of Beasts' explores Hitler's Berlin - USA Today
Google News - almost 6 years
Like Pamela Harriman in wartime London, she attracted powerful men. Her admirers included German princes, French diplomats and Rudolf Diels, once head of the Gestapo who would later be imprisoned by Hitler and testify for the prosecution at the
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Book review: 'The Churchills: In Love and War' by Mary S. Lovell - Los Angeles Times
Google News - almost 6 years
Pamela Digby (later legendary Washington hostess Pamela Harriman) enters legitimately through her marriage to Winston's son Randolph, but her post-divorce flings with Aly Khan and Gianni Agnelli belong more properly in a biography devoted entirely to
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What the servants saw - Irish Times
Google News - almost 6 years
As much space is devoted to the wartime amours of Winston's daughter-in-law Pamela (who, after divorcing Randolph, would end up as Pamela Harriman, US ambassador to France) as to his efforts to defeat the Germans. Nor is nuance a characteristic of the
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Henry VIII Didn't Write This Royal Wedding Menu
NYTimes - almost 6 years
THE 650 royal wedding guests who have been invited to Buckingham Palace for the reception after the royal wedding next week shouldn't spend too much time worrying about which fork to pick up for the fish course. That's because they are probably not going to be served any courses at all. At the lunchtime reception, Queen Elizabeth is expected to lay
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Kathleen Mortimer, Rich and Adventurous, Dies at 93
NYTimes - about 6 years
Her grandfather ran a railroad, and her father was an ambassador, a governor and a cabinet secretary. She married the grandson of an oil baron at her family's 25,000-acre estate. She was a first-rate skier and equestrienne, riding magnificent cavalry horses that were a gift from Stalin. She knew well the whirl of dances, luncheons and teas that
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UP CLOSE; A-List Parties: More Taste, Less Flash
NYTimes - about 6 years
AMONG the heirloom antiques that Bronson Van Wyck, the Manhattan party planner, keeps in his cavernous Flatiron district apartment is a giant map of England from the 1930s, on which each social engagement of King George VI was meticulously plotted. ''This was found rolled up in a closet in Princess Margaret's apartment at Kensington Palace after
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UP CLOSE; The UnMuseum
NYTimes - about 6 years
EVEN if it were just another glimmering new Lower East Side tower full of multimillion-dollar condos, the sleek, eight-story glass tower at 257 Bowery would qualify as a statement building, with its room-size red elevator visible through the building's corrugated-glass facade and its sensuously undulating balustrade, perched high above the
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Moynihan in His Own Words
NYTimes - over 6 years
He sniffed at Hillary Rodham Clinton's smugness, denounced Spiro T. Agnew as a demagogue, opposed Pamela Harriman's application to a prestigious Manhattan club and called the Peace Corps elitist. He presciently raised the specter of global warming, advocated for safer cars and championed equal rights and recognition for women, especially his wife.
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TALK: BIBLIO FILE; Their Better Half
NYTimes - over 6 years
If, nearly 15 years after her death, Lady Caroline Blackwood is remembered as a kind of intellectual's Pamela Harriman, better known for the men she married than for the books she wrote, that's no reflection on the quality of her writing. It would be hard for anyone's work to eclipse the combined output of Lucian Freud and Robert Lowell. (The trio
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Celebrating Scandal
NYTimes - over 6 years
THE crisp invitation, edged in a striped border and lettered in Art Deco capitals, arrived on a sultry summer afternoon. Dawn Davis, an editor at HarperCollins, was beckoning literary hedonists to a ''Bolter'' party, to celebrate the ''scandalous life'' of Idina Sackville -- the aristocrat who shocked Britain in 1919 with her divorce from the most
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Winston Churchill, 69, Reporter and Legislator
NYTimes - almost 7 years
LONDON (AP) -- Winston Spencer Churchill, a former journalist and member of Parliament and a grandson of Britain's wartime leader, died on Tuesday at his home in London. He was 69. He had been treated for cancer, Cmdr. John Muxworthy, president of the United Kingdom National Defense Association, said in confirming the death. Mr. Churchill was a
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From Hollywood to Paris Embassy, New U.S. Envoy Takes Up Post
NYTimes - over 7 years
WASHINGTON -- As Charles H. Rivkin prepares to take up the storied position of U.S. ambassador to Paris, a choice niche once occupied by Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, he finds himself a particularly interesting case study in the long debate over America's practice of appointing political favorites rather than diplomatic professionals to
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Pamela Harriman
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1997
    Age 76
    She was buried 14 February 1997 at Arden, the former Harriman estate in New York.
    More Details Hide Details Her life story has been the subject of a documentary film, and has been somewhat Hollywoodised in the 1998 TV movie The Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story with Ann-Margret in the title role. In the biography of Madeleine Albright, Pamela Harriman is cited in contrast to Albright, as a socialite who slept her way to the top. In addition, the novel Absolute Power tells the tale of a fictional woman named Christy Sullivan, married to a much older W. Sullivan (a striking similarity to the name W. Averell Harriman perhaps), whose extramarital liaison with the President ends in her murder. In a new two-character play Swimming at The Ritz by Charles Leipart, Pamela Harriman, in need of $40 million to settle a family lawsuit, regales the audience with tales from her past. She and a hotel valet wait in a Paris Ritz suite for appraisers from Christie's who are preparing to auction her possessions.
  • 1995
    Age 74
    The Dayton Agreement was signed in Paris in 1995 while she served as ambassador.
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  • 1986
    Age 65
    Her last marriage lasted until his death in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details In later years, she had significant legal problems with Harriman's children concerning the inheritance.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1980
    Age 59
    In 1980, the National Women's Democratic Club named her "Woman of the Year". U.S. President Bill Clinton appointed her United States Ambassador to France in 1993.
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  • 1971
    Age 50
    As Pamela Churchill Harriman she became a United States citizen in 1971 and became involved with the Democratic Party, creating a fund-raising system—a political action committee—named "Democrats for the 80s", later "Democrats for the 90s", and nicknamed "PamPAC".
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    Pamela Hayward stayed with her husband until his death on 18 March 1971. The day after Hayward's funeral, Pamela arranged to resume her acquaintance with her former lover W. Averell Harriman, then 79 years old and recently widowed. They were married on 27 September 1971.
    More Details Hide Details With this marriage, her social focus was moved to Washington, D.C., where he owned a townhouse in Georgetown from which they entertained many notable persons. Harriman, a railroad heir, was wealthy and also bought an estate in Virginia and a private jet. With Harriman's involvement and links in the Democratic Party, her political career began.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1960
    Age 39
    The day Hayward's divorce was final, she became the fifth Mrs. Hayward with the ceremony taking place in Carson City, Nevada, on 4 May 1960.
    More Details Hide Details Hayward was rich with income from his productions, notably the very successful The Sound of Music, allowing for a lavish and luxurious lifestyle mostly between their residence in New York City and the Westchester County estate "Haywire." Haywire also became the name of the bitter memoirs of her stepdaughter Brooke Hayward.
  • 1959
    Age 38
    In 1959, she met Broadway producer Leland Hayward, who was still married to Slim Hawks.
    More Details Hide Details He proposed to her, and after her marriage ultimatum to Rothschild was rejected, she accepted Hayward's offer and moved to New York City.
  • 1952
    Age 31
    In 1952, Pamela found him with a young woman, Anne-Marie d'Estainville, and complained strongly about this, despite her own past behaviour.
    More Details Hide Details Agnelli sustained a severe leg injury in a car accident while bringing d'Estainville home. Pamela nursed him through his injury, and later became pregnant (although it was never confirmed that this was by Agnelli), but had an abortion in Switzerland. Later, Princess Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto became pregnant by Agnelli, and Pamela Churchill ended the affair. Her next significant relationship was with Baron Elie de Rothschild, who was married. He supported her financially, and she was schooled in art history and wine-making during this clandestine and short relationship. During this time she also entertained an affair with the writer Maurice Druon and with the shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1948
    Age 27
    After her divorce from Randolph Churchill, she moved to Paris and in 1948 began her five-year-long affair with Gianni Agnelli.
    More Details Hide Details She described this as the happiest period of her life. Agnelli, however, was not faithful in this relationship.
  • 1945
    Age 24
    Eventually, Pamela filed for divorce in December 1945 on the grounds that Randolph had deserted her for three years.
    More Details Hide Details Later, after having converted to Catholicism, she obtained an annulment from the Catholic Church. Beside two additional marriages, Pamela Harriman had numerous affairs with men of prominence and wealth. During her marriage to Randolph Churchill, she had romantic involvements with men such as: W. Averell Harriman, who much later became her third husband; Edward R. Murrow; and John Hay "Jock" Whitney. Notable consorts after her divorce included Prince Aly Khan, Alfonso de Portago, Gianni Agnelli, and Baron Elie de Rothschild. Churchill became well known for her attention to detail with men. When involved romantically with a man, she paid extremely close attention to his desires, his preferences, and went to any lengths necessary to satisfy his needs during the affair. William S. Paley, briefly a consort during the war, said: "She is the greatest courtesan of the century", meaning it more as a compliment than a detraction. According to Max Hastings, "she was unkindly described as having become 'a world expert on rich men's bedroom ceilings'."
  • 1944
    Age 23
    During 1944 she worked in the Cabinet's war rooms on a secretive SOE mission for Operation Bodyguard working with Robert E. Sherwood. "The days at the office were very sorry," wrote Bobby Bevan, a spy who was directly involved with Bodyguard's activities; long days stretched into lonely nights, when they frequently indulged the senses on champagne and Russian caviar.
    More Details Hide Details Bodyguard went ahead without allied knowledge or approval, which upset the Soviets. At a critical point prior to the Top Secret D-Day Normandy landings, allied intelligence feared Germany's strength in the Mediterranean; a diversionary attack on the Balkans was designed to distract the Nazis in France. This further encouraged Churchill to switch sides to Tito's Partisans. It is believed Randolph had an affair with another consort, namely Bevan's wife.
  • 1941
    Age 20
    Her father however, was too busy visiting bombed-out Blitz sites to be overly-concerned in 1941.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1939
    Age 18
    Randolph proposed to her on the very evening they met, and they were married on 4 October 1939.
    More Details Hide Details Two days after Randolph Churchill took his seat in the House of Commons, their son Winston was born. Shortly after giving birth, Pamela and the newborn were photographed by Cecil Beaton for Life magazine, its first cover of a mother with baby. In February 1941, Randolph was sent to Cairo for military service, where he accrued large gambling debts. His letter to Pamela asking her to make good on his liabilities, along with her affair with W. Averell Harriman, combined to shatter their marriage, but the fault probably lay on both sides. Harriman was known at Chequers by the French phrase habitué de la maison for his frequent stays there in 1941. Harriman was one of the aristocratic set from the US Embassy, charming, suave and sophisticated, they had developed a friendship during the London Blitz, so that by 17 April 1941 they were already close and intimate friends. Jack Colville, Churchill's private secretary was well aware of the affair, but their clandestine relationship had to wait forty years before consummation in marriage. She completed the circle by becoming a US citizen.
    In 1939, while working at the Foreign Office in London doing French-to-English translations, Pamela met Randolph Churchill, the son of Winston Churchill.
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  • 1937
    Age 16
    By 1937, she had returned to England.
    More Details Hide Details She was a descendent of the Earls of Leicester, Ilchester, and the Dukes of Atholl. She was a first cousin of Lavinia Fitzalan-Howard, Duchess of Norfolk. She was also a third cousin, once removed, of Angus Ogilvy, Queen Elizabeth's cousin-in-law. She was also a fourth cousin, once removed, of Sarah, Duchess of York.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1920
    Born
    Born in 1920.
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