Kay Halle

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Kay Halle
Katherine Murphy Halle

October 13, 1903
DiedAugust 7, 1997 (age 93)
Radio broadcaster
Parent(s)Blanche Murphy Halle
Samuel Horatio Halle

Katherine 'Kay' Murphy Halle (October 13, 1903 – August 7, 1997) was a Cleveland journalist, author, radio broadcaster, department store heiress, World War II intelligence operative with the Office of Strategic Services, and intimate confidant and/or mistress of many luminaries of the 20th century, including George Gershwin, Randolph Churchill, W. Averell Harriman, Joseph P. Kennedy, Walter Lippmann, and Buckminster Fuller.[1][2] She compiled and edited Irrepressible Churchill: A Treasury of Winston Churchill's Wit in 1966.[3]


Halle was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Blanche (née Murphy) and Samuel Horatio Halle.[4] Her father co-founded the Halle Brothers department store with his brother, Salmon Portland Chase Halle. Her mother was an Irish Catholic and her father Jewish.[4] She attended Smith College and the Cleveland Institute of Music.[4]


  1. ^ Thomas, Robert McG. (5 October 1997). "Kay Halle, 93, an Intimate of Century's Giants". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Service, New York Times News. "KAY HALLE, GLAMOROUS HEIRESS WHO CAPTIVATED THE POWERFUL". chicagotribune.com.
  3. ^ "Kay Halle Personal Papers | JFK Library". www.jfklibrary.org.
  4. ^ a b c Smith, J.Y. (August 12, 1997). "Kay Halle, Washington Grand Dame, Dies At 93". Washington Post.