Hélie de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duke of Sagan

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Hélie de Talleyrand-Périgord and son circa 1914

Hélie de Talleyrand-Périgord (1859–1937), duke of Talleyrand, prince, then duke of Sagan, was a French socialite and son of Boson de Talleyrand-Périgord.[1][2]


Talleyrand was born in 1859[2] and married Anna Gould in 1908.[1] Anna was previously married (1895-1906) to his cousin, Comte Boni de Castellane, later Marquis de Castellane.[1] They had the following children:

  • Howard de Talleyrand (1909–1929) duc de Sagan, who took his own life on May 28, 1929 at his parent's home in Paris when told he could not marry. He was taken to a hospital on Rue Puccini, where he died. His parents thought at age not yet 20, he was too young to marry. Hélie and Anna said: "... we had no objection to the girl, but only opposed the marriage because of our son's age."[3][4]
  • Helene Violette de Talleyrand (1915–2003) who married James Robert de Pourtales on March 29, 1937 in Val Saint-Germain, she then divorced in 1969 (their son Hélie married as her second husband, the eldest daughter of Marie Clotilde Bonaparte), and married Gaston Palewski (1901–1984), the Minister of Scientific Research and Atomic and Space Questions from 1962 to 1966. They married on March 20, 1969 in Paris.

Talleyrand died in 1937 of a heart attack in Paris France.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Talleyrand Dead. Wed Anna Gould. Duke Was Known as Prince of Sagan at Time of Courtship in First of Century". New York Times. October 27, 1937. Retrieved 2011-11-18. Marie Pierre Camille Louis Helie de Talleyrand-Perigord, Prince of Sagan and fifth Duke of Talleyrand, was a principal in one of the international marriage of the first decade of this century. He married Anna Gould, heir to more than $80,000,000 of the fortune of her father, the late Jay Gould, after she had divorced his cousin, Count Boni de Castellane. ... 
  2. ^ a b c "Died". Time (magazine). November 8, 1937. Retrieved 2007-07-21. Marie Pierre Louis Hélie de Talleyrand-Périgord, Prince de Sagan, fifth Duke of Talleyrand, 78, husband of Railway Heiress Anna Gould; of a heart attack; in Paris. The Duke married Heiress Gould in 1908 after she had been divorced from his cousin, Count Boni de Castellane. Her father, Jay Gould, who bequeathed her $80,000,000, opposed their marriage. 
  3. ^ "Talleyrand Motel". Time (magazine). June 3, 1929. Retrieved 2007-07-21. Prince of Sagan, son of the Duchess de Talleyrand, who was Anna, the daughter of the late wealthy Jay Gould, shot himself on purpose in his mother's Paris home. ... The statement said: "The Duke and Duchess de Talleyrand regret keenly to announce the critical illness of their son, Howard. ... He shot himself because we refused him permission to marry until he was 21. ... The shooting took place in our home and our son was taken to a hospital in the Rue Puccini. ... Our son is now in an extremely grave condition. We wish to emphasize that we had no objection to the girl, but only opposed the marriage because of our son's age." 
  4. ^ "Anna Gould's son, self-wounded, dies. Howard de Talleyrand, Prince de Sagan, 19, Succumbs in Paris After 11 Days. Parent's at his Bedside.". New York Times. May 29, 1929. Retrieved 2007-07-21. Paris, May 28, 1929. Howard de Talleyrand, Prince de Sagan, 19-year old son of the Duc de Talleyrand and the former Anna Gould, died early this morning following a self-inflicted wound on May 17 after his parents had refused him immediate permission to marry.