Gladys Vanderbilt Széchenyi
|Gladys Vanderbilt Széchenyi|
Countess and Count László Széchenyi, circa 1908.
|Born||Gladys Moore Vanderbilt
August 27, 1886
Newport, Rhode Island
|Died||January 29, 1965
|Spouse(s)||Count László Széchenyi (m. 1908-1938)|
|Children||Mrs Cornelia Roberts
Countess Alice Hadik de Futak
Gladys Finch-Hatton, Countess of Winchilsea and Nottingham
Countess Sylvia Szapáry de Muraszombath Széchysziget et Szapár
Countess Ferdinandine von und zu Eltz
|Parent(s)||Cornelius Vanderbilt II
Alice Claypoole Gwynne
Countess Széchenyi was born Gladys Moore Vanderbilt in 1886, the seventh and youngest child of Alice Claypoole Gwynne and Cornelius Vanderbilt II, the president and chairman of the New York Central Railroad. Gladys grew up in the family home on Fifth Avenue in New York City, and their summer "cottage," The Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island. She attended Miss Chapin's School in New York.
She inherited about $25 million from her father's estate and a further $5 million from her mother's estate. She also inherited The Breakers. In 1948, as a widow, she leased The Breakers to the Preservation Society of Newport County for $1 a year. She continued to maintain an apartment in The Breakers by agreement until her death.
In 1972, the Preservation Society purchased The Breakers for $365,000 from Gladys' heirs, but Gladys' daughter maintained the apartment on the third floor.
- Cornelia Széchényi who married Maryland colonial old family heir Eugene Bowie Roberts, of Bowie, Maryland, and had three children, Gladys, Cornelia and Eugene Jr.
- Alice Széchényi married Hungarian Count Béla Hadik and had two sons, László and János.
- Gladys Széchényi married the English Earl of Winchelsea and Nottingham, and had two sons, Stormont and Robin.
- Sylvia Széchényi married Hungarian Count Antal Szapáry, and had two children, Pál and Gladys.
- Ferdinandine Széchényi married the Austrian Count Alexander zu Eltz and had two sons, Peter and Nicholas (b. 1950, d. 8/5/2012).
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Countess Széchenyi died in 1965. Her daughter, Countess Sylvia Szapáry maintained a residence at her grandparents' summer "cottage", The Breakers until her death on March 1, 1998.
|Ancestors of Gladys Vanderbilt Széchenyi|
- Vanderbilt, Arthur T., II (1989). Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt. New York: Morrow. ISBN 0-688-07279-8.