Lily Marinho

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Lily Monique de Carvalho Marinho (May 10, 1921 – January 5, 2011) was a Brazilian television arts patron, philanthropist and socialite. Marinho, the widow of media mogul and Rede Globo founder Roberto Marinho,[1] served as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for peace beginning in 1999.[1]

Marinho was born Lily Monique Lemb in Cologne, Germany, on May 10, 1921.[2] She was the only daughter of British soldier John Lemb and his French wife, Jeanne Bergeon.[2] She was born in Germany because her father was stationed in the country during the post-World War I period.[2] However, she was raised in Paris.[2] During her life, Marinho would be married to two of Brazil's wealthiest men - Horacio de Carvalho and Roberto Marinho, who both owned newspapers.[2] Her second husband, media mogul Roberto Marinho, died in 2003.

A patron of the arts, Marinho spearheaded and financed high profile art exhibitions in Brazil, including works by Claude Monet, Auguste Rodin, Camille Claudel and Pablo Picasso.[1]

Lily Marinho died of respiratory failure on January 5, 2011, in Rio de Janeiro at the age of 89.[1] [2] She had been hospitalized at the Clínica São Vicente in the Gávea neighborhood of the Southern Zone of the city since December 14, 2010.[2] She was buried in the Cemitério São João Batista in the Botafogo neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro.[2]