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William Ellsworth Weagley, Jr (January 12, 1891 - November 25, 1975)

Buried: Antietam Church Cemetery, Waynesboro, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, USA

George Edward Kelly was an American playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor. He began his career in vaudeville as an actor and sketch writer. He became best known for his satiric comedies, including The Torch-Bearers (1922) and The Show-Off (1924). Born in Philadelphia, the second of ten children to John Henry Kelly, an Irish immigrant, he was the brother of American businessman and Olympic champion sculler John B. Kelly, Sr. and the uncle of actress Grace Kelly. Kelly maintained a 55-years relationship with his lover William Weagley up until his death. Weagley was often referred to as his valet; he was actually an employee in a nearby factory. That Kelly was gay was a closely guarded secret and went unacknowledged by his family to the point of not inviting Weagley to his funeral; he instead slipped in and sat quietly on a back seat, weeping quietly and completely ignored. He died a year later. Speaking about Kelly’s playwrights, Arthur Willis noted "Kelly appears to be anti-love, anti-romantic love, certainly, and distrustful of the tender emotions."
Together from 1919 to 1974: 55 years.
George Kelly (January 16, 1887 - June 18, 1974)
William Weagley (1891 - November 25, 1975)



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George Kelly and William Weagley met in 1919, when George maintained a suite at NYC’s Concord Hotel (formerly at 130 E. 40th St., cross Lexington Avenue). The story goes that William was working as a bellhop at the hotel, and the two became lovers within a short time after meeting. George educated William in the rules of etiquette so that the two could appear in high society as social equals. In the 1930s George Kelly lived at 226 West 47th Street.



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At Antietam Church Cemetery (117 S Church St, Waynesboro, PA 17268) is buried William Weagley (1891-1975). George Kelly maintained a 55-year relationship with his lover William E. Weagley, who was often referred to as Kelly’s valet. The Philadelphia Kellys forced Weagley to eat in the kitchen with the servants when George and William were visiting, thus reinforcing their acknowledgment that William was regarded as nothing more than George’s employee, a valet. While it’s true that William often cooked, typed, and performed secretarial services for George, William was much more than a traveling companion and valet. The couple were loyal, devoted partners who were deeply in love. When George and William hosted dinner parties at their home in Laguna Beach, California, the two men sat at opposite ends of the table as equal co-hosts and partners.



Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
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