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He appears to have been an embarrassing sort of man; he wrote and privately published a book called ''Totem and Topees,'' which he described as a ''conglomeration of uninteresting misinformation,'' and followed that with a book called ''Ho hum, the Fisherman,'' which, he said, did not ''have the excuse even of literary merit.'' ''Costumes, sets, musical scores,'' Mr. Unger writes, ''many of the best dancers, the entire repertory - even the works choreographed by Joffrey himself - were owned by her foundation.''. Family members linked to this person will appear here. You are only allowed to leave one flower per day for any given memorial. Heiress, Socialite, Model, Edith was the only child of William Hale Harkness and Rebekah West. It would be interesting to see what a social historian, someone familiar with the hierarchies of caste and class in America - or, better yet, a novelist with a theological bent - would make of the raw material Mr. Unger has gathered. When Pierce Brosnan's career (66) was about to add his first blockbuster, he suffered the first setback that would mark the beginning of a succession of tragedies: the death of his first wife, Cassandra Harris, victim of ovarian cancer. This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. Her daughter Edith jumped off roofs, swallowed pills and managed not to kill herself. . These are facts of which we have already been apprised. Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA. Bobby Scevers, Rebekah's lover, 25 years younger than she and a self-declared homosexual, pronounced her children ''the most worthless, selfish, useless creatures I've ever seen.'' Unfit for mothering, unfit for ordinary love, unfit - untrained - to be the caretaker of a great fortune, was she altogether silly or altogether bad? She stole a neighbor’s dog and dyed it key lime green. For a time, Rebekah Harkness appeared to be enamored of the passive child, called Angel. She was brought up by a nanny who was chosen because she had worked in an insane asylum. One sometimes wonders if the point of all these poor-little-rich-girl/boy biographies is to lull the rest of us into a false sense of security: She is so unlike us that we are not encouraged to reflect upon our own mortality, the contemplation of which is a healthy and necessary exercise. Translation on Find a Grave is an ongoing project. Let the little creature die!'' Thanks for your help! Born in 1915 in St. Louis, Missouri, her father Allen Tarwater was a powerful stockbroker, while her mother, also named Rebekah, was a perfectly turned out trophy wife. He likes to talk about blowing people away. A week after her death on June 17, 1982, the mortal remains of Rebekah Harkness were toted home by her older daughter Terry in a Gristede's shopping bag. See the article in its original context from. Bobby Scevers, Mr. Unger writes, ''had no sympathy'' for the child. Enter a valid email address and a feedback message. Rebekah Harkness was born in 1915 to a rich, emotionally frigid St. Louis family. Rebekah Harkness in 1966, Taylor Swift in 2020. When the Joffrey Ballet refused to rename their company in Harkness' honor, she withdrew funding and hired most of the Joffery dancers to her new company, the Harkness Ballet. Harkness died of cancer in 1982 in New York City. ''I can't believe it took her this long to succeed.'') They didn't fit: ''Just a leg is in there, or maybe half of her head, and an arm,'' said one of Rebekah's friends. 432 pp. A week after her death on June 17, 1982, the mortal remains of Rebekah Harkness were toted home by her older daughter Terry in a Gristede's shopping bag. Also an additional 2 volunteers within fifty miles. Share this memorial using social media sites or email. She became a big patron of the arts and started her own ballet company, the Harkness Ballet. It makes no sense - and no sense is made of it. ''Oh, my God,'' said a witness. If you have questions, please contact support@findagrave.com. Year should not be greater than current year. Your password must be at least 8 characters, Please check the I'm not a robot checkbox, If you want to be a Photo Volunteer you must enter a ZIP Code or select your location on the map. Others tell of sumptuous real-life figures like Rebekah Harkness, a divorcee who married the heir to Standard Oil — and whose home Swift purchased 31 years after her death. Morrow, 415 pages, $19.95 ''Blue Blood,'' the story of heiress Rebekah Harkness, is a story of greed-not for more money, but for pleasure and, even worse, for significance. They divorced in 1965. After her husband’s death, Harkness renovated the home she owned in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. Through the Rebekah Harkness Foundation, Harkness sponsored Jerome Robbins and the Robert Joffrey Ballet. She supported the arts in general, ballet in particular, and she had the wealth with which to do it. Blue Blood is a story of tragic proportions. Your new password must contain one or more uppercase and lowercase letters, and one or more numbers or special characters. × Rebekah Harkness, who also went by Betty, was the previous owner of Taylor Swift's Rhode Island home and serves as the inspiration for the third track on her latest album based on information from your browser. Before his death in August 1954, they had one child together, Edith Hale Harkness. Are you sure that you want to remove this flower? She was 67 years old. Following her death, a memorial was held at the family home before Harkness was cremated, and her ashes were placed in a $250,000 spinning urn designed by Salvador Dalí, then placed in the Harkness Mausoleum in Woodlawn Cemetery. I thought you might like to see a memorial for Rebekah West Harkness I found on Findagrave.com. We are told by Mr. Unger - who is an uncomfortable stranger in the world of the rich, unused to deciphering nuances of caste - that the Harknesses' seven-year marriage was a happy one. To add a flower, click the “Leave a Flower” button. Please try again later. Through the William Hale Harkness Foundation, she sponsored construction of a medical research building at the New York Hospital and supported a number of medical research projects. No animated GIFs, photos with additional graphics (borders, embellishments. Little evidence is given in support of this thesis except that the two wrote a song together called ''Giggling With My Feet.''. Found more than one record for entered Email, You need to confirm this account before you can sign in. Rebekah Harkness had ambition and drive. Convicted of murder in the second degree, he was behind the bars of a Florida jail. Was she power or pawn? She believed in reincarnation. Failed to report flower. Upon her death in 1982, Rebekah Harkness was called many things in her New York Times obituary. ''How should she do it?'' ''When they started talking about putting the nursery over my room . A system error has occurred. By Heran Mamo. Rebekah Harkness succumbed to her illness on June 17, 1982. At the very end, according to Bobby Scevers, as she lay dying of cancer, ''It was complete chaos. Save to an Ancestry Tree, a virtual cemetery, your clipboard for pasting or Print. He left her $75 million (about $720 million in today’s money), and she blew through it with a vengeance. It's a biography about the socialite with the subtitle “She had everything—beauty, wealth, and glamour—until obsession, madness, and suicide destroyed it all." Park View Plot, Section 147 (Harkness Mausoleum). . Close this window, and upload the photo(s) again. Death: 22 Aug 1982 (aged 33) Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA. Are you sure that you want to delete this memorial? Taylor Swift surprised her fans at the end of last week when she released a new album, Folklore, with many spending the weekend dissecting the set of new songs and the meanings behind the singer's lyrics. She dyed a cat green. She moved hundreds of thousands of dollars from one bank to another for the pleasure of confusing her accountants. BLUE BLOOD By Craig Unger. Plese check the I'm not a robot checkbox.'. We have set your language to TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. After her husband's death in 1954, Harkness embarked on her own creative endeavors. Her son Allen says the years he spent in prison were the happiest of his life. '', This post-mortem mischief was going on at Harkness House, the East 75th Street town house headquarters of the Harkness Ballet Foundation, which Mrs. Harkness had modeled on the St. Petersburg Ballet School. Failed to remove flower. Remove advertising from a memorial by sponsoring it for just $5. She lived on champagne and injections - Vitamin B, testosterone, painkillers - as a result of which her bathrooms were splattered with blood and her muscles calcified. Her ego, however, overrode common sense and proportion. The ashes were placed in a $250,000 jeweled urn made by Salvador Dali. In 1957, Harkness keeled over at Holiday House while sitting for a sculpture Rebekah was working on, dead from a heart attack. ). Please contact Find a Grave at support@findagrave.com if you need help resetting your password. Her passion, such as it was, burned itself out quickly, coincidentally with the baby's pulling a ribbon out of her hair. Rebekah Harkness. William Harkness died in 1954, only seven years after their marriage, and Rebekah became one of the wealthiest women in the world. There is a problem with your email/password. To suggest a change to a cemetery page, visit the Cemetery Corrections forum. The sponsor of a memorial may add an additional. Are you sure that you want to delete this photo? Please select a county or city to continue. Sorry! Her ashes originally were placed in a $250,000 urn designed by Salvador Dalí. Generous, wasteful, willful, demanding and delusional, she broke with Joffrey to form the Harkness Ballet when he refused to perform the compositions she insisted on writing. An email has been sent to the person who requested the photo informing them that you have fulfilled their request, There is an open photo request for this memorial. GREAT NEWS! And how in the world did she get that way? ''We were the loved ones.'' Verify and try again. There she delighted, as she wrote in her scrapbook, in setting out to ''do everything bad. For help using the website visit our help page or contact support@findagrave.com. $19.95. Rebekah West Harkness, a philanthropist who gave millions to the dance and to medicine, died of cancer Thursday in her Manhattan home. GREAT NEWS! This flower has been reported and will not be visible while under review. This connection is hardly imagined, either: upon Rebekah Harkness’s death, her ashes were put in a $250,000 urn that Salvador Dalí himself designed. Please reset your password. In 1961, Rebekah Harkness became the sponsor of the late Robert Joffrey's small ballet troupe. For memorials with more than one photo, additional photos will appear here or on the photos tab. Soon Clive Barnes was writing that the Harkness Ballet had ''descended beyond the necessity of serious consideration,'' and in 1975 it folded. . The Rhode Island estate sat empty for years, until Swift's arrival. Thanks for using Find a Grave, if you have any feedback we would love to hear from you. In addition to founding the Harkness Ballet, Harkness launched a ballet school and home for the company called Harkness House, as well as a refurbished 1,250-seat theater, which presented the Harkness Ballet and other dance companies to New York audiences. If you notice a problem with the translation, please send a message to feedback@findagrave.com and include a link to the page and details about the problem. (''I'm glad Edith is gone,'' said the unquenchable Bobby Scevers. Use the links under “See more…” to quickly search for other people with the same last name in the same cemetery, city, county, etc. ... Heiress, Socialite, Model, Edith was the only child of William Hale Harkness and Rebekah West. There was an error deleting this problem. Previously sponsored memorials or famous memorials will not have this option. Oops, something didn't work. Resend Activation Email. We have 2 volunteers within fifty miles of your requested photo location. Mr. Unger, who records interviews uncritically and unreflectively, does not permit us to know exactly how he feels about his subject. Her daughter Edith killed herself. We were unable to submit your feedback at this time. In the 1960s, Harkness became well known as a philanthropist and patron of the arts. . GREAT NEWS! Rebekah Harkness circa 1966. In the eyes of many, she had betrayed him. It bought her the services of George Skibine, Marjorie Tallchief, Alvin Ailey, Erik Bruhn and Andy Warhol, but it did not guarantee her success. A terrible story is told here. This arrangement effectively kept her from having to see her three children on anything like a regular basis. After she was widowed, Mrs. Harkness renovated her Rhode Island house; she installed 8 kitchens and 21 baths. You need a Find a Grave account to add things to this site. Jack Mitchell Getty Images Rebekah was also married four times, founded an eponymous arts foundation, and sponsored Robert Joffrey's ballet troupe for … During her final days, Harkness began to reconcile with her children whom she had previously not shown a great deal of love to. It might also have been interesting to see how a feminist writer would have assimilated the facts of Rebekah Harkness's sorry life. In 1961, she married Dr. Benjamin Harrison Kean a physician who was a professor of Tropical Medicine at the Cornell Medical College. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. I am beginning to think that biography, especially the biography of such a chaotic personality as Rebekah Harkness, needs to be molded and informed by a novelist's ordering imagination. To view a photo in more detail or edit captions for photos you added, click the photo to open the photo viewer. Rebekah Harkness became one of the wealthiest women in America after she inherited her husband's vast Standard Oil fortune when he died in 1953. It was so wonderful - everybody running around signing wills and trying on different wigs.''. (Mr. Scevers has a stunning way of placing himself squarely in the center of every sentence he utters; he appears to believe that Rebekah Harkness's death happened more to him than to her.) Please check your email and click on the link to activate your account. Meanwhile, in her apartment at the Carlyle Hotel, people who called themselves Rebekah Harkness's friends were pillaging, ''grabbing things right and left.''. She attended the Rossman School and John Burroughs School in St. Louis, then Fermata, a finishing school in Aiken, South Carolina. Rebekah West Harkness (April 17, 1915 – June 17, 1982) also known as Betty Harkness, was an American composer, sculptor, dance patron, and philanthropist who founded the Harkness Ballet. Raised primarily by a series of nannies, Harkness took up dancing and ice skating to lose weight and was highly disciplined in both endeavors. Harkness died in 1982, and Swift was born in 1989 (also the name of one of her albums). . That money can't buy happiness? She dyed chocolate mousse blue. Your Scrapbook is currently empty. Three days after her death, a memorial service was held at Harkness House, after which her body was cremated and her ashes placed in the Harkness family mausoleum in Woodlawn Cemetery. (''She walked,'' an acquaintance said, ''like Frankenstein.'') '', After her divorce from W. Dickson Pierce, an upper-class advertising photographer, she chose for her second husband the Standard Oil heir William Hale Harkness, who enjoyed a lofty social status, as her own family did not. That even the rich must die? We do not have any photo volunteers within fifty miles of your requested photo location. You may not upload any more photos to this memorial, This photo was not uploaded because this memorial already has 20 photos, This photo was not uploaded because you have already uploaded 5 photos to this memorial, This photo was not uploaded because this memorial already has 30 photos, This photo was not uploaded because you have already uploaded 20 photos to this memorial. She did this in grand - if occasionally Marie Antoinette-ish -style. I myself wouldn't give the time of day to anyone who cleaned her pool out with Dom Perignon, put mineral oil in the punch at her sister's debutante ball and (all in the middle of the Great Depression) got tossed off an ocean liner for shouting obscenities, throwing dinner plates at an orchestra of Filipinos gamely playing the American national anthem, and offending the sensibilities of her fellow passengers by swimming nude - for which actions she counted herself witty. Harkness died of stomach cancer in her Manhattan home on June 17, 1982. (Photos: Jack Mitchell/Getty Images, Beth Garrabrant) As the saying goes, well-behaved women seldom make history. He was previously married to Elisabeth Grant. The building, according to Craig Unger, the author of this rich-man/eye-of-the-needle biography, was in a state of putrefaction, ''crumbling like Tara after the Civil War.'' ''She's escaped. Are you sure that you want to report this flower to administrators as offensive or abusive? Your account has been locked for 30 minutes due to too many failed sign in attempts. You have chosen this person to be their own family member. Rebekah West Harkness (April 17, 1915 – June 17, 1982) also known as Betty Harkness, was an American composer, sculptor, dance patron, and philanthropist who founded the Harkness Ballet. ''Blue Blood'' is edifying only insofar as it raises questions about what a biography should be. Jack Mitchell/Getty Images; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic After Rebekah Harkness died in … Try again later. ''The others, they just know how to bite.'') Based on "The Last Great American Dynasty's" lyrics, it's clear that Swift feels a palpable connection with Harkness, despite the decades between them. Drag images here or select from your computer for Rebekah West Harkness memorial. She had a salon of sorts. ''You see,'' she said. GREAT NEWS! Try again. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Oops, we were unable to send the email. She was the second daughter of Allen Tarwater West and Rebekah Cook Semple. Also an additional volunteer within fifty miles. She was surrounded by a group her son Allen described as ''all the fairies flying off the floor, the blackmailing lawyers, the weirdos, the people in the trances.'' it was sold & her ashes placed in the Harkness Mausoleum.Bio by: Bobby Kelley, Thank you for fulfilling this photo request. Try again later. We are meant to take comfort and a measure of relief from our difference - though, as we know but do not frequently wish to remember, the grave awaits us all. Craig Unger authored Blue Blood in 1988, six years after Harkness's death (in which her remains were placed in a $250,000 urn designed by Dalí). Include gps location with grave photos where possible. If I report on the demise of the multimillionaire patron of the dance dry-eyed, it is because I am confident in the belief that nothing we say about the dead can prejudice the Defense or tip the Scales of Judgment. When she was 10 years old, she did. I don't want this screaming baby over my room! Mr. Unger tells us that under the direction of the dancer-choreographer Larry Rhodes the company began to garner critical raves - whereupon Mrs. Harkness fired him. Becoming a Find a Grave member is fast, easy and FREE. . Place the pin on the map to plot a location. 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