Friday, May 25, 2012


Mrs. Angier Biddle Duke and her dog "Monkey" 
in the drawing room of their New York apartment

In December 1940, after obtaining a ‘quickie’ Reno divorce, Margaret Screven White Tuck, ten-years older then Angier Biddle Duke, and twice divorced, became the American Tobacco heir’s second wife. Their marriage lasted until 1952 when, immediately upon their divorce, Angier married for a third time to the Spanish beauty Maria Luisa Aranal. The third Mrs. Duke died in a fiery light-plane crash in Queen’s when returning home from a diplomatic function to celebrate the birthday of their seven-year-old daughter. A year later saw the  fourth and  last marriage for Mr. Duke to Robin Chandler.

Angier Biddle Duke was struck by a car and killed while in-line skating at the age of 79 near his Southampton, Long Island home.

Vogue March 1949
Photography: Cecil Beaton

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