No Regrets: The Life of Marietta Tree

No Regrets The Life of Marietta Tree In a society in which women were expected to take a backseat to men Marietta Peabody was a rebel Her first marriage to Desmond FitzGerald one of the founders of the modern CIA failed ultimately be

  • Title: No Regrets: The Life of Marietta Tree
  • Author: Caroline Seebohm
  • ISBN: 9780684810089
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In a society in which women were expected to take a backseat to men, Marietta Peabody was a rebel Her first marriage, to Desmond FitzGerald, one of the founders of the modern CIA, failed ultimately because she was too independent and insisted on a career of her own Of course, that she had met and fallen in love with Ronald Tree, an immensely wealthy and attractive memberIn a society in which women were expected to take a backseat to men, Marietta Peabody was a rebel Her first marriage, to Desmond FitzGerald, one of the founders of the modern CIA, failed ultimately because she was too independent and insisted on a career of her own Of course, that she had met and fallen in love with Ronald Tree, an immensely wealthy and attractive member of the upper echelons of British society, also played a part in the breakup of her marriage As the wife of Ronald Tree, Marietta was introduced to British society but found that world somewhat too stuffy for her tastes It was when she and Ronnie moved their base of operations from England to New York and Barbados, however, that Marietta s true strengths as hostess and confidante to the rich and powerful came to the fore Using these talents, she developed a close alliance with Adlai Stevenson and worked tirelessly for him during his unsuccessful bids for the U.S presidency In gratitude, he arranged her appointment as U.S delegate to the Human Rights Commission under the sponsorship of the United Nations Marietta Tree s untimely death in 1991, of cancer, marked the end of an era She was among the last of a small, select group of women which included Pamela Harriman and Slim Keith who helped define the new standards of American womanhood Passionately involved in civil rights and Democratic politics, Marietta Tree harnessed her femininity, wit, and intelligence to the cause of public service, and in so doing, found the energy and strength to be a truly independent spirit.

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    1. Marietta Peabody Fitzgerald Tree (1917-1991) never graduated from college nor published a book. Sometimes characterized as the typical "limosine liberal" of the 1960s and 70s, she was most known as a joiner of committees and as a member of executive boards, an often-seen name in the society pages of the East Coast from the 1940s to the early 1990s, a friend of Jackie Onassis and Bebe Paley. (She also served as an American representative to various United Nations committees in the 1960s.) Yet she [...]

    2. Nearing the end of this book. Interesting life she had, but her life story is very esoteric. If I hadn't read the other stories that connect to her life, this would have been very tedious,through no fault of the author. Still, it's part of my journey into privileged life in politics and society starting in pre WW II times and beyond. Next, I will read a book written by Bill Patten whose mother was Susan Mary Jay Patten Alsop, a good friend of Marietta's and who received a very devastating surpri [...]

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