Mary Elsie Moore

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Mary Elsie Moore, Princess Civitella-Cesi
Born (1889-10-22)October 22, 1889
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died December 21, 1941(1941-12-21) (aged 52)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation American heiress
Spouse(s) Don Marino Torlonia, 4th Prince of Civitella-Cesi
(m. 1907; div. 1926)
Children Princess Donna Olimpia Torlonia di Civitella-Cesi
Don Alessandro Torlonia, 5th Prince di Civitella-Cesi
Princess Donna Cristina Torlonia di Civitella-Cesi
Princess Donna Marina Torlonia di Civitella-Cesi
Parent(s) Charles Arthur Moore
Mary L. Campbell
Relatives Francis Alexander Shields (grandson)

Mary Elsie Moore, Princess Civitella-Cesi (October 22, 1889 – December 21, 1941) was an American heiress who married and divorced Italian prince Don Marino Torlonia, 4th prince of Civitella-Cesi.

Early life and education[edit]

Mary Elsie Moore was born October 22, 1889 in Brooklyn, New York, the youngest child of Charles Arthur Moore, a shipping broker and hardware manufacturer from Connecticut, who went on to become the president of Manning, Maxwell and Moore, a large industrial concern. Her mother was Mary L. Campbell. Her siblings were Charles Arthur Moore Jr., who married Elizabeth Hyde (actress Glenn Close's maternal grandfather), Eugene Maxwell Moore (who married Titanic survivor Margaret Graham) and Jessie Ann Moore, who married with homonymous son of US Navy Admiral Colby Mitchell Chester. Mary Elsie was educated at Mrs. Dow's School in Briarcliff Manor, New York.

Marriage and children[edit]

Moore married the then Duke of Poli and Guadagnolo Don Marino Torlonia, 4th prince of Civitella-Cesi on August 15, 1907 at Old Orchard, her parents' estate in Belle Haven, Greenwich, Connecticut.[1]

The Prince and Princess of Civitella-Cesi had four children:

In 1925, the couple separated; the duchess filed for divorce in the United States in 1926.[2] Her American citizenship was brought into question,[3] but the Connecticut courts decided that her residence in the state was legal and granted her divorce in February 1928.[4][5]


Moore died on December 21, 1941 in New York.[6]