Born: August 23, 1904, Grand Hotel National, Lucerne, Switzerland
Died: February 13, 1965, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Education: Convent of the Sacred Heart
Buried: Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA, Plot: Section D, Lot 176, Grave 2
Find A Grave Memorial# 5264
Spouse: Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt (m. 1923)
Parents: Laura Delphine Kilpatrick, Harry Hayes Morgan Sr
Children: Gloria Vanderbilt
Siblings: Thelma Furness, Viscountess Furness, Harry Hays Morgan, Jr.
Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt was a Swiss-born American socialite. Her identical twin sister, Thelma Morgan (1904–1970), became a mistress of Edward, Prince of Wales and married James Vail Converse and Marmaduke Furness, 1st Viscount Furness. Known as "The Magnificent Morgans", Gloria and Thelma were popular society fixtures, even as teenagers. On March 6, 1923, in New York City, at the townhouse of friends, Gloria Morgan became the second wife of Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt, age 42, an heir to the Vanderbilt railroad fortune. At the death of his husband in 1934, a custody battle for their only child, Gloria, erupted and made national headlines. As a result of a great deal of hearsay evidence admitted at trial, the scandalous allegations of Vanderbilt's lifestyle—including a purported lesbian relationship with Nadezhda de Torby, the Marchioness of Milford Haven—led to a new standard in tabloid newspaper sensationalism. A former maid of Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt offered testimony regarding a possible lesbian relationship between Lady Milford Haven and her former employer. Lady Milford Haven also appeared as a witness at the trial. Before leaving for the United States to testify, Lady Milford Haven publicly denounced the maid's testimony as "a set of malicious, terrible lies".
Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt (August 23, 1904 – February 13, 1965)
Nadejda Mikhailovna Mountbatten, Marchioness of Milford Haven (March 28, 1896 – January 22, 1963)
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Chloe Carter and Jean Acker, who co-owned an apartment building in Beverly Hills, are buried side by side at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
Address: 5835 W. Slauson Ave, Culver City, CA 90230, USA (33.99388, -118.38411)
Type: Cemetery (open to public)
Phone: +1 310-836-5500
Holy Cross Cemetery is a Roman Catholic cemetery at 5835 West Slauson Avenue in Culver City, California, operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. It is partially in the Culver City city limits. Opened in 1939, Holy Cross comprises 200 acres (81 ha.) It contains—amongst others—the graves and tombs of showbusiness professionals. Many celebrities are in the sections near "The Grotto" in the southwest part of the cemetery; after entering the main gate, turn left and follow the leftmost road up the hill.
Notable queer burials at Holy Cross Cemetery:
• Jean Acker (October 23, 1893– August 16, 1978), actress, first wife of Rudolph Valentino. She is buried alongside her long-time companion Chloe Carter (June 21, 1903 - October 28, 1993.) In the 1920s Acker met Chloe Carter, a former Ziegfeld Follies girl, who was the first wife of film composer Harry Ruby. Acker would remain with Carter for the rest of her life. Jean Acker Valentino owned a lovely duplex at 2146-2148 Fox Hills Drive, Los Angeles, California, 90025, from the 1930s until her death in 1978, living here with longtime partner Chloe Carter and renting out 2148.
• Thelma Morgan (1904–1970), socialite, twin sister of Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt. Thelma was also companion of Edward, Prince of Wales.
• Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt (1904–1965), socialite, twin sister of Thelma Morgan, mother of fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt, and grandmother of gay journalist, author, and television personality Anderson Cooper. During Gloria Morgan’s divorce a great deal of hearsay evidence were admitted at trial, including a purported lesbian relationship with Nadezhda de Torby, the Marchioness of Milford Haven.
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