Cyrus Leo Sulzberger II
Cyrus Leo Sulzberger II (October 27, 1912 – September 20, 1993) was a U.S. journalist, diarist, and author, and a member of the family that owns the New York Times. During the 1940s and 1950s, he was the lead foreign correspondent for the New York Times.
He was born in New York City on October 27, 1912 to Cyrus L. "Leo" Sulzberger. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1934. He was the nephew of New York Times publisher, Arthur Hays Sulzberger. "Cy" as he was commonly called, joined the family paper in 1939 and was soon covering stories oversea as Europe edged towards World War II. Among the reporters who worked for him during the war were Drew Middleton and James Reston. He served as a foreign affairs correspondent for 40 years and authored two dozen books in his lifetime. His skills as a raconteur were legendary as were his friendships with the high and mighty or just plain interesting. Because of the circles he travelled in, it was not uncommon that he would carry messages from one foreign leader to another as he did for U.S. President John F. Kennedy who asked that a note be conveyed to Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev in 1961. Of all the leaders he befriended, it is said that he was closest to President Charles de Gaulle of France.
He married Marina Tatiana Ladas in 1942 who was often his travel companion and ensured they had an active and elegant social life in Paris. She died in 1976. He died at their Paris home on September 20, 1993.
In 1967, the daughter of Cyrus Sulzberger and Marina Tatiana Ladas, Marina Beatrice Sulzberger, married Adrian Michael Berry, who later became 4th Viscount Camrose, thereby linking two newspaper dynasties - the Camrose family which had once owned The Daily Telegraph retained an interest in that paper until it was taken over by Conrad Black in 1986.
- Sit Down with John L. Lewis. New York: Random House, c1938.
- The American Heritage Picture History of World War II. New York: American Heritage, 1966. (with the editors of American Heritage)
- A Long Row of Candles: Memoirs and Diaries, 1934-1954. New York: Macmillan, 1969.
- The Tooth Merchant: A Novel. New York: Quadrangle, 1973. (Sulzberger writes himself into this novel, appearing briefly on one chapter as a journalist)
- An Age of Mediocrity: Memoirs and Diaries, 1963-1972. New York: Macmillan, 1973.
- The Fall of Eagles. New York: Crown Publishers, 1977
- http://www.nytimes.com/1993/09/21/obituaries/c-l-sulzberger-columnist-dies-at-80.html?pagewanted=1/ C.L. Sulzberger NY Times Obituary
- "CL Sulzberger's; Foreign Affairs Correspondent". Los Angeles Times. September 20, 1993. Retrieved 2010-03-27. "But Cyrus Leo Sulzberger, who graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1934, decided to start his career elsewhere. He worked as a general assignment ..."
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