Nancy Elizabeth Louise Smiley

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Nancy Elizabeth Louise Smiley (Beaton)

Birthdate: (89)
Birthplace: London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Death: June 6, 1999 (89)
Alton, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Ernest Walter Hardy Beaton and Esther Jane Beaton
Wife of Sir Hugh Smiley, 3rd Baronet
Mother of <private> Smiley
Sister of Sir Cecil Beaton and Baba Beaton

Managed by: Michael Lawrence Rhodes
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About Nancy Elizabeth Louise Smiley

Nancy Elizabeth Louise Hardy Beaton (30 September 1909 – 6 June 1999) was an English socialite that, together with her sister Baba Beaton, were known as the Beaton Sisters and included in The Book of Beauty by their brother, Cecil Beaton.


Nancy Beaton was born 30 September 1909, in London, the daughter of Ernest Walter Hardy Beaton (1867–1936), a timber merchant from Hampstead, and Esther "Etty" Sisson (1872–1962). Her grandfather was Walter Hardy Beaton (1841–1904), founder of family business of "Beaton Brothers Timber Merchants and Agents".

Nancy was one of the first models of his brother Cecil.

Nancy Beaton was presented at court in 1928 at the presence of George V. She was part of a Bright Young Things' scandal when she, Stephen Tennant and David Plunket Greene were thrown out from a party at the home of the Countess of Ellesmere they were crashing.

In January 1933 she married Sir Hugh Houston Smiley, 3rd Baronet (1905–1990). Constance Spry arranged the flowers and the wedding was a successful sociality event. The dresses were designed by her brother, Cecil Beaton and Baba Beaton, Margaret Whigham, Lady Bridget Poulett, and Lady Anne Wellesley were among the bridesmaids.

According to her brother Cecil Beaton in The Book of Beauty (1933): "I am enthralled at the childish intentness and gaiety of Nancy when looking for a coral tiara in a curiosity shop, by the complexion that emerges from underneath the water after she has fallen off an aquaplane board, by her dazzling blondness when, like a Gainsborough, writing her diary on a haystack."

She died on 6 June 1999.

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September 30, 1909
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
June 6, 1999
Age 89
Alton, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom