Betsy von Furstenberg

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Betsy von Furstenberg
Born Elizabeth Caroline Maria Agatha Felicitas Therese, Freiin von Fürstenberg-Herdringen
(1931-08-16)16 August 1931
Arnsberg, Germany
Died 21 April 2015(2015-04-21) (aged 83)
New York City, NY, US
Education Gardner School
Hewitt School
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Guy Vincent
(m. 1954; div. 1966)

John J. Reynolds
(m. 1984; his death 1994)
Children Glyn Douglas Vincent
Gay Caroline Vincent
Parent(s) Franz-Egon von Fürstenberg-Herdringen
Elizabeth Foster Johnson
Relatives Dolores Guinness (half-sister)
Gloria Rubio (step-mother)

Betsy von Furstenberg (August 16, 1931 – April 21, 2015) was a German-born American radio, television, film, and Broadway actress.[1]

Early life

Elizabeth Caroline Maria Agatha Felicitas Therese, Freiin von Fürstenberg-Herdringen was born in Arnsberg. Her parents were Franz-Egon, Graf (Count) von Fürstenberg-Herdringen (1896–1975) and his first wife, Elizabeth Foster Johnson (1899–1961), a native of Memphis, Tennessee.[2] Her stepmothers were Gloria Rubio, Clara Ghyczy, and Joan Siegel.[citation needed] She has two half siblings from her father's marriage to Gloria Rubio: Franz-Egon, Freiherr von Fürstenberg-Herdringen (b. 1939), and Dolores Maria Agatha Wilhelmine Luise Freiin von Fürstenberg-Herdringen (1936–2012), who married Patrick Guinness.[3]

Betsy began studying dancing when she was 4 and at 7 was performing with the American Ballet Theatre. At 14, she was a model.[4] She attended the Gardner School and graduated from the Hewitt School.[2]

Titles

Though some published sources have described von Furstenberg as a countess, she is in fact a Freiin (baroness) by birth, according to the last published issue of the Almanach de Gotha. Children of the counts von Fürstenberg-Herdringen are known as Freiherr (baron) or Freiin (baroness), and the sons only move up in rank to Graf (count) if they inherit the primary title. She did not use the umlaut of her family surname in her professional career nor its compound hyphenation.[citation needed]

Career

Stage

Betsy von Furstenberg appeared on Broadway in Second Threshold (1951), The Chalk Garden and Child of Fortune (1956), Nature's Way (1957), The Paisley Convertible (1967), Avanti! (1968), The Gingerbread Lady (1970), [5] Oh, Men! Oh, Women! (1953) The Making of Moo (1958), Step on a Crack (1962), The Frog Pond (1965), and Does Anybody Here Do the Peabody? (1976).[1]

Television

On television in the mid-1950s, she memorably starred opposite Robert Horton played a double-crossing young widow in an episode entitled "The Disappearing Trick" directed by Arthur Hiller on the anthology series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. She also appeared in the Have Gun - Will Travel episode "Girl from Piccadilly" (1958).

Later, she played the role of Lisa Grimaldi on As the World Turns from late 1983 into early 1984, when Eileen Fulton temporarily left the show in a contract dispute.[citation needed] (However, a 1980 newspaper article reported that Fulton was returning after von Furstenberg replaced her for six weeks.)[6]

Personal life

In September 1951, von Furstenberg announced her engagement to Nicky Hilton, whose divorce from Elizabeth Taylor was due to become final the following January.[7]

She married, on 16 June 1954, Guy Vincent Chastenet de la Maisonneuve, a French-born mining engineer who changed his name to Guy Vincent.[8] Before their divorce in 1966, the couple had two children, a son and a daughter:[1]

  • Glyn Douglas Vincent, who married Anastasia Cole Goodman, a leading authority on pre-Columbian art and the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Edmund N. Goodman, in 1989.[9][10]
  • Gay Caroline Vincent, who married William Farish Gerry (b. 1955), son of Martha F. Gerry (1918–2007) and grandson of William Stamps Farish II (1881–1942), president of Standard Oil from 1937 to 1942, in 1988.[11][12]

In 1984, Von Furstenberg remarried to John J. Reynolds, a New York real-estate broker,[13] who died in 1994.[14]

Von Furstenberg died on April 21, 2015 from complications of Alzheimer's disease in Manhattan. She was 83.[15]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Betsy von Fursternberg, German-Born Broadway Actress, Dies at 83 | Playbill". Playbill. April 30, 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Countess Engaged to Peter S. Howard; Caroline E. von Furstenberg-Herdringen to Be Bride of Late Turfman's Grandson." The New York Times, November 7, 1950.
  3. ^ Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Freiherrliche Häuser, Band XV, Seite 135-177, Band 69 der Gesamtreihe, C. A. Starke Verlag, Limburg (Lahn) 1989.
  4. ^ Roberts, Sam (April 29, 2015). "Betsy von Furstenberg, Baroness and Versatile Actress, Dies at 83". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Betsy von Furstenberg: Shows". Playbill. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Soap star will resume role". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. Associated Press. July 19, 1980. p. 2. Retrieved May 8, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ "Noble Starlet To Wed Hilton". Ogden Standard-Examiner. Utah, Ogden. p. 1. Retrieved May 8, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ "Betsy von Furstenberg Marries", The New York Times, 14 November 1954, p. 893
  9. ^ "Miss Goodman Becomes Bride of Glyn Vincent", The New York Times, June 11, 1989
  10. ^ Brubach, Holly (April 22, 2015). "Sister Act". W Magazine. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  11. ^ 174 Years of Historic Houston: Who's Who - William Stamps Farish
  12. ^ "Miss Vincent to Wed William F. Gerry", The New York Times, May 15, 1988
  13. ^ Marvine Howe, "Chronicle", The New York Times, September 3, 1992
  14. ^ Eric Pace, "John J. Reynolds, 61, New York Real-Estate Broker", The New York Times, February 8, 1994
  15. ^ "Betsy von Furstenberg, Actress and Aristocrat, Dies at 83". Variety. April 30, 2015. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 

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