Judy Green (socialite)

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Judith "Judy" Green (October 26, 1934 – September 14, 2001) was a New York City novelist, socialite and philanthropist.

Early life[edit]

Judith was born on October 26, 1934, and brought up in New York, on Central Park West. She was the daughter of a wealthy businessman and attended Vassar College. Her grandfather moved the family from Bay Ridge in Brooklyn to Richmond Hill in Queens in the early 20th century.[1]

Career[edit]

From an early age she moved in social, publishing and showbusiness circles. Dorothy Fields, the Broadway lyricist, was a maternal relative. She was heralded as Andy Warhol's first muse by Baby Jane Holzer.[2] Warhol not only did her photo portrait but Judy starred in his first movie, The Kiss, on permanent display at MOMA.[3][4] In 2006, several years after her death, the painting of her by Warhol sold for $2,144,000.[5]

Personal life[edit]

When she was in her late 20s, by which time she was already a published author, she married Bill Green, a businessman almost twice her age. She went on to author three more books. Irving Lazar was her first agent.[6] Judy and Bill Green resided on Park Avenue. Before his death from a heart attack in Barbados in January 1979, the Greens had two children:

  • Christina Fields Green, who married Lloyd Gerry, the son of Robert L. Gerry III (b. 1937), in 2000.[7] Gerry is a managing partner at Catalyst Partners LLC, a private investment management company in New York.[8]
  • Nicholas Green

She endured a 10-month-long battle with pancreatic cancer and died on September 14, 2001 at home, aged 66, having left the hospital for the last time on Monday, September 10, unknowingly avoiding the logistical problems caused by the September 11 attacks the following day.[9]

Residence[edit]

They also had had, at one time, a Mount Kisco estate, described as a "large, beautiful home with seven ponds, a pool and tennis court," that she listed for sale for $7.5 million in May 1980.[10] They were known for their lavish entertaining for, among others, Frank and Barbara Sinatra, Ann and Morton Downey, Gregory and Veronique Peck, Kirk and Anne Douglass, Barbara Walters, Alan Greenspan, Peter Duchin, Jessica Tandy, Zoe Caldwell, Arlene Francis, Edgar Bronfman Sr., Joe Raposo, Mark Goodson, Mike Wallace, Bennett and Phyllis Cerf, Rosalind Russell and Freddie Brisson, Pamela and Leland Hayward, and Claudette Colbert.[11]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Green, Judy (13 March 1977). "20 Years Before the Rails". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987) Judith Green, 1963-1964". christies.com. CHRISTIE'S. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Warhol, Andy; Hackett, Pat. The Andy Warhol Diaries. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 9780446571241. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Andy Warhol 1963". www.warholstars.org. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Leight, Michele (November 15, 2006). "Art/Auctions: Andy Warhol at Christie's Contermporary Art Auction November 15, 2006". The City Review. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  6. ^ New York Social Diary article on Judy Green’s passing Archived 2007-07-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "WEDDINGS; Christina Green, Lloyd Gerry". The New York Times. 30 April 2000. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Lloyd Gerry | Leaders | WWF". World Wildlife Fund. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  9. ^ New York Post article
  10. ^ "LETTERS TO THE WESTCHESTER EDITOR; Author Called Atypical Resident; Divorce Comment Let 'Winners' Author Move Elsewhere Escalators, Ponds And Tennis Courts Divorce Recommendations Termed Incomplete Doesn't Support Presumption of Equality Metrics Without Mental Isometrics". The New York Times. May 25, 1980. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  11. ^ New York Social Diary article, ibid.[permanent dead link]