He died at Allen Winden Farm, Islip, New York on September 5, 1953. When it was time to board a life boat, Madeleine Astor, her maid, and her nurse had to crawl through the first-class promenade window into the tilting lifeboat 4 (which had been lowered down to A deck to take on more passengers). Online reference, The San Francisco Call., April 19, 1912, p. 1. The violin and Bible that survived were good to see. She and her sister were also taken abroad by their mother and toured Europe several times. The account given by her spokesman is: On landing from the Carpathia, the young bride widowed by the Titanic's sinking told members of her family what she could recall of the circumstances of the disaster. Mr and Mrs Astor travelled to Egypt and Paris and, in the spring of 1912, decided to return to America as First Class passengers on board the brand new Titanic. , After Astor returned home from her ordeal, she was kept in strict retirement. She held this event with Marian Thayer, also a survivor of the Titanic. Madeleine Talmage Force Fiermonte (June 19, 1893 – March 27, 1940) was an American socialite and a survivor of the RMS Titanic. They wore their lifebelts but Colonel Astor had found another and cut the lining with a pen knife to show his wife what it was made of. John Jacob Astor's grandsons, who were feuding in the 1890s, opened two lavish hotels in New York City, the Astoria, named for the family, and the Waldorf, named for John Jacob Astor's native village in Germany. She recalled she thought that in the confusion as she was about to be put into one of the boats Colonel Astor was standing by her side. He said, 'No, sir, no man is allowed on this boat or any of the boats until the ladies are off.' When she was introduced to New York social life, she was immediately adopted by the Junior League, a clique of debutantes. The couple took an extended honeymoon in Europe and Egypt to wait for the scandalous gossip to calm down.  While returning from this part of their honeymoon, they booked their passage on the Titanic. Her hair was auburn and naturally curly, and A Life on Film describes how novelist Elinor Glyn came up with a way to make it look "Spanish" on film. At the age of 47, Astor married 18-year–old Madeleine Talmadge Force on September 11, 1911 in his mother's ballroom at Beechwood, the family's Newport, Rhode Island home. David Astor became editor of the Observer; William Waldorf Astor, known as Bill, bred horses, and got mixed up in the Profumo affair; and John Jacob Astor was a … It was her belief that all the women who wished to go had then been taken off. Almost everyone seemed dazed. Four months later, on November 27, 1933, Astor married Italian actor/boxer Enzo Fiermonte in a civil ceremony in New York City. The Titanic. Picture this. Mr Astor then said, 'Well, tell me what is the number of this boat so I may find her afterwards,' or words to that effect. He had been divorced two years earlier, and Madeleine was a year younger than Astor's son, Vincent. He reassured her that the damage did not appear serious. If you aren’t sure who Mary Astor is, she’s most famous as Bogie’s co-star in The Maltese Falcon and for roles in lots of classic films like Midnight, Dodsworth, The Palm Beach Story, The Great Lie, and Meet Me in St. Louis. They divorced in 1933 in Reno, Nevada. Mary Astor (May 3, 1906 -- September 25, 1987) was an American actress. They had two sons: They divorced on July 21, 1933, in Reno, Nevada. Like the Astor family, the Forces were members of the Episcopal Church. Of course she was in no way related to the richest man who went down on the Titanic. 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She was born Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke, a name that would probably never even fit on the average movie marquee. The book had a whole chapter on Mary’s 1930s custody battle and the infamous diary entries that came to light. Occupations. They became engaged in August 1911 and were married on September 9, 1911. “Winston, if I were your wife I’d put poison in your coffee.” Winston Churchill: “Nancy, if I were your husband I’d drink it.” —1920s. Astor was the richest passenger aboard the RMS Titanic and was thought to be among the richest people in the world at that time with a net worth of roughly $87 million when he died (equivalent to $2.3 billion in 2019). He owned the successful shipping firm William H. Force and Co., and his father had been prosperous in the manufacturing industry.  She was also the second wife and widow of businessman John Jacob Astor IV. He reassured her that the damage did not appear serious, though he helped her strap on her lifebelt. Mrs Astor, it appears, left in one of the last boats which got away from the ship. Astor’s second husband, one Dr. Franklin Thorpe , casually opens a dresser drawer one evening, discovers a leather-bound volume and begins to read. Madeleine was educated at Miss Ely's School and then for four years at Miss Spence's School, on West 48th Street in Manhattan. He was a vice president of the Manufacturers Trust Company of New York and a part owner and director of the Brooklyn Times. They had no children together and divorced on June 11, 1938, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Astor had helped his wife to climb through the window and asked if he could accompany her as she was 'in a delicate condition'. The request was denied by Second Officer Charles Lightoller. Cause of death. The back cover of the souvenir program features this rather seductive portrait of Mary Astor, the film’s heroine. 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