Mary Josephine Rowland "Polly" Tunney (Lauder) (1907 - 2008)

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About Mary Josephine Rowland "Polly" Tunney (Lauder)

Polly Lauder Tunney (24 April 1907 – 12 April 2008) was an American philanthropist and Connecticut socialite. An heiress of Andrew Carnegie, Tunney drew international fame during the 1920s for her secret romance and subsequent marriage to world heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney. They had four children, including John V. Tunney (born 1934), who was a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from California from 1965 until 1977.

Mrs. Tunney's grandfather was George Lauder, a first cousin and business partner of industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, founder and head of Carnegie Steel Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her father, George Lauder, Jr., was a philanthropist and yachtsman whose 136-foot (41 m) schooner once held the record for the fastest trans-Atlantic yacht passage.

Tunney was an active supporter of the arts. She served on the board of the Metropolitan Opera Guild from 1951 to 1970 and was the board's vice president from 1956 to 1959. She was later a member of the Guild's emeritus council from 1970 to 1992. She was also a major benefactor of the Audubon Society and the National Wildlife Federation.

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Polly Lauder Tunney's Timeline

June 26, 1934
Age 27
New York, New York, NY, USA
Age 101