Athina Mary Livanos

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Athina Mary Livanos

Also Known As: "Tina"
Birthdate: (45)
Birthplace: London, Greater London, UK
Death: Died in St. Moritz, Canton Graubunden, Grisons, Switzerland
Cause of death: drug overdose
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Georgios Stavros Livanos and Arietta Livanos
Wife of Stavros Spyros Niarxos
Ex-wife of Aristotle Socrates Onassis and John Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough
Mother of Alexander S. Onassis and Christina Onassis
Sister of Georgos Panayiotis Livanos; Eugenia Niarchos; <private> Livanos and <private> Livanos

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About Athina Mary Livanos

Athina Mary "Tina" Livanos (19 March 1929 – 10 October 1974) was the second daughter of the Greek shipping magnate Stavros Livanos and Arietta Zafirakis. She was best known as the first wife of Aristotle Onassis, but she later married her older sister Eugenia's widower, Stavros Niarchos. She was older sister to her parents' only son, George Stavros Livanos.

Marriages and family Known as Tina, she was married three times. Her husbands were: Aristotle Onassis (28 December 1946 – 1960); with him she had two children, Alexander Onassis (1948–1973) and Christina Onassis (1950–1988). She divorced him upon her discovering that he was having an affair with the opera singer Maria Callas. John Spencer-Churchill, Marquess of Blandford (23 October 1961 – 1971) Stavros Niarchos (21 October 1971 – 1974), her sister Eugenia's widower. After her divorce from Aristotle Onassis, Livanos dropped her married name and used her maiden name, until her marriage to the Marquess of Blandford.

In October 1971 Livanos married her third husband, Stavros Niarchos, her sister's widower. Onassis's son, Alexander Onassis, died at the age of 24 in January 1973 as a result of injuries sustained during an airplane crash in Athens.[2] Her only living descendant is her namesake granddaughter, Athina Onassis. Livanos's daughter, Christina, sued her mother's widower for her mother's estimated US$250 million (in 1974 dollars) estate claiming the marriage should be annulled under Greek law. Christina later dropped the lawsuit and Niarchos returned all of the money as well as Livanos's jewellery, artwork and other personal effects.

Livanos died on 10 October 1974 in the Hotel de Chanaleilles, the Parisian mansion that she shared with her husband. Livanos's death was officially ruled by pathologists as having resulted from an acute edema of the lung, but has also been attributed to her suffering a drug overdose. She was buried next to her sister at the Bois-de-Vaux cemetery in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Athina Mary Livanos's Timeline

March 19, 1929
London, Greater London, UK
April 30, 1948
Age 19
New York, NY, USA
December 11, 1950
Age 21
New York, NY, USA
October 10, 1974
Age 45
St. Moritz, Canton Graubunden, Grisons, Switzerland