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Mary Ellin Barrett (Berlin)

Death: July 16, 2022 (95)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Irving Berlin and Ellin Berlin
Wife of Dennis Sheedy Burden and Marvin Galbraith Barrett
Mother of Private; Private; Private; Private and James Berlin
Sister of Irving Berlin, Jr.; Private and Elizabeth Iris Peters

Occupation: author, book critic
Managed by: Ingrid Meissner
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About Mary Ellin Barrett

From Wikipedia (English):

Mary Ellin Barrett, oldest daughter of Ellin (Mackay) and composer Irving Berlin, was born on November 25, 1926. She grew up in New York City, where she attended the Brearley School. She then went to Barnard College, majoring in music. After graduation, she began to work for Time Magazine, where she met her future husband, Marvin Barrett. Mary Ellin was the book critic for Cosmopolitan Magazine, where she worked very closely with Helen Gurley Brown.

Barrett is the author of three novels: Castle Ugly was published in 1966, followed by An Accident of Love in 1973 and American Beauty in 1981. Her most recent publication is a memoir entitled Irving Berlin: a Daughter's Memoir, which was released in May 1995.

Obituary (


BARRETT--Mary Ellin. Mary Ellin Berlin Barrett died peacefully on July 16, 2022 at the age of 95. A life-long New Yorker, she was the daughter of Ellin and Irving Berlin. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College in 1949. After college she started her career as a researcher at Time Magazine. She was an editor at Glamour and Vogue and wrote book reviews and features for Cosmopolitan. Her four books included three novels, Castle Ugly, An Accident of Love, and American Beauty, and a memoir of her father, Irving Berlin: A Daughter's Memoir. She married writer and journalist Marvin Barrett in 1952. He died in 2006. She is survived by a sister, Linda Emmet; four children, Elizabeth Matson, Irving Barrett, Mary Ellin Lerner, and Katherine Swett; two sons-in-law, Sasha Matson and Benjamin Swett; five grandsons, Peter Matson, James Matson, Benjamin Lerner, Nicky Swett, and William Swett; and a great- grandson, Jude Lerner, born in June of this year. Another sister, Elizabeth Peters, and a granddaughter, Rachel Swett, predeceased her. Mary Ellin loved books, opera, films, and conversation with her many relatives and friends. She remained interested in art and politics until the day she died. In the autumn there will be a memorial service to celebrate her life.

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Mary Ellin Barrett's Timeline

November 25, 1926
July 16, 2022
Age 95