Born: January 27, 1906
Died: November 6, 1978, New York City, New York, United States
Lived: 32 East 64th Street
Spouse: James Whitney Fosburgh (m. 1953–1978), Vincent Astor (m. 1940–1953)
Parents: Katharine Crowell Cushing, Harvey Cushing
Siblings: Betsey Cushing Roosevelt Whitney, Babe Paley, Henry Kirke Cushing, William Harvey Cushing
Grandparents: Kirke Cushing, Bessie Williams
James Whitney Fosburgh was an American painter and lecturer on art at the Frick Museum, perhaps most famous for his portrait of US President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, which is featured in full color on the cover of the November 5, 1965 edition of Life magazine, to accompany the memorial essay on the President entitled “A Thousand Days”. He is also the artist of the Truman Capote’s portrait exhibited at the New York Public Library on Bryant Park. He was a Yale-educated Manhattan artist and World War II Army glider pilot. Although homosexual, in 1953 he married the socialite Mary "Minnie" Cushing, whose first husband had been Vincent Astor. She was the daughter of Harvey Williams Cushing, a pioneer of brain surgery, the first person to describe Cushing's syndrome, he is often called the "father of modern neurosurgery.” He married Katharine Stone Crowell, a Cleveland childhood friend and had five children: William Harvey Cushing; Mary Benedict Cushing; Betsey Cushing, who married James Roosevelt and later John Hay Whitney; Henry Kirke Cushing; and Barbara "Babe" Cushing, the socialite wife of Stanley Grafton Mortimer and later William S. Paley. On 8 October, 1953, several weeks after divorcing his second wife, Minnie, Astor married the once-divorced, once-widowed Roberta Brooke Russell. According to an oft-told story in society circles, Astor agreed to divorce his second wife only after she had found him a replacement spouse.
Together from 1953 to 1978: 25 years.
James Whitney Fosburgh (1910 - 1978)
Mary Benedict "Minnie" Cushing (January 27, 1906 - November 6, 1978)
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Mary Cushing Fosburgh, eldest of the socially prominent Cushing sisters and widow of the painter James Whitney Fosburgh, and before second and divorced wife of Vincent Astor, lived at 32 East 64th Street.
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