Marie Norton

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Marie Norton Whitney Harriman (April 12, 1903 - September 26, 1970) was a socialite who owned an art gallery.


She was born in 1903. Her grandfather was Benjamin F. Einstein who was the attorney to the New York Times and a shareholder in several advertising companies whose main client was the Times. She was the first wife of Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney from 1923 to 1929, with whom she had two children, Harry Payne Whitney II and Nancy Marie Whitney. Her second marriage was to statesman W. Averell Harriman.

From 1930 to 1942 Marie Norton owned and operated an art gallery on 57th Street in Manhattan, the Marie Harriman Gallery.[1][2] Henri Matisse attended the glittering opening of the gallery, which featured important works of Derain, Gaugin, Van Gogh and Matisse.[3] Many of the works she bought and collected, including those of the artist Walt Kuhn, were later donated to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.[4]

Marie was a close friend of Marjorie Duchin, wife to bandleader Eddy Duchin, and when Marjorie died from complications in childbirth, Marie became surrogate mother to their son, Peter Duchin.

Marie Norton died September 26, 1970 at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC of a heart attack.[5]

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