Marina Torlonia di Civitella-Cesi

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Marina Torlonia
Spouse(s) Frank Shields
(m. 1940; div. 1950)

Edward W. Slater
(m. 1950)
Issue
Francis Alexander Shields
Marina Shields
Edward Torlonia Slater
Father Marino Torlonia, 4th Prince of Civitella-Cesi
Mother Mary Elsie Moore
Born (1916-10-22)22 October 1916
Palazzo Núñez-Torlonia, Rome, Italy
Died 15 September 1960(1960-09-15) (aged 43)
Piacenza, Italy

Donna Marina Torlonia dei Principi di Civitella-Cesi (22 October 1916 – 15 September 1960) was an Italian-American aristocrat best known as the paternal grandmother of the actress and model Brooke Shields.

Family[edit]

Coat of arms of the Princes Torlonia

Torlonia was born in Rome, at Palazzo Núñez-Torlonia, the youngest daughter of Marino Torlonia, 4th Prince of Civitella-Cesi[1] and his American wife, Mary Elsie Moore, a daughter of Charles Arthur Moore, a shipping broker and hardware manufacturer from Connecticut.[2][3] The Torlonia family gained its fortune in the administration of Vatican finances.

She had three siblings:

Marriages[edit]

Donna Marina Torlonia dei Principi di Civitella-Cesi was married twice, her husbands being:

  • Francis Xavier Shields (1909–1975), the American amateur tennis player.[5] They married on 13 June 1940, in North Conway, New Hampshire, and divorced in 1950.[6] The Shieldses had two children: a son, Francis Alexander Shields (father of the actress and model Brooke Shields) and a daughter, Marina Shields.
  • Edward W. Slater, an architect and partner in Slater Chiat, whom she married on 29 December 1950.[7] They had one son, Edward Torlonia Slater (born 1955).

Death[edit]

Marina Slater died on 15 September 1960, in an automobile accident in Piacenza, Italy, shortly after leaving the wedding of her nephew Marco Torlonia, 6th Prince of Civitella-Cesi, with princess Orsetta Caracciolo, niece of film director Luchino Visconti. Along with Marina, Duke Raffaele Canevaro of Gallluzo, and the Countess Eleanor Terry died in the accident.[8]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marino Torlonia Dead at 77", The New York Times, 7 March 1933
  2. ^ "Miss Moore Weds the Duke Torlonia: New York Girl Becomes Duchess of Poli at Quiet Wedding in Greenwich", The New York Times, 16 August 1907
  3. ^ "Princess Torlonia Dead Here at 53; Former Wife of Late Italian Nobleman Succumbs to Long Illness", The New York Times, 22 December 1941
  4. ^ "Princess Torlonia Dead Here at 53; Former Wife of Late Italian Nobleman Succumbs to Long Illness", The New York Times, 22 December 1941
  5. ^ "Frank X. Shields Is Dead at 66", The New York Times, 20 August 1975
  6. ^ "Donna Torlonia Wed to Frank X. Shields", The New York Times, 14 July 1940
  7. ^ "Mrs. M. T. Shields Is Wed; Former Marina Torlonia Bride Here of Edward W. Slater", The New York Times, 30 December 1950
  8. ^ "Princess Dies in Crash; Marina Torlonia Slater Killed in Accident in Italy", The New York Times, 16 September 1960