Winnaretta Eugénie Singer

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About Winnaretta Eugénie Singer

Winnaretta Singer was the twentieth of the 24 children of Isaac Singer. Her mother was his Parisian-born second wife, Isabella Eugenie Boyer. Winnaretta was born in Yonkers, New York. After the American Civil War, the Singer family moved to Paris, where they remained until the Franco-Prussian War. The family then settled in England, first in London, and then to Paignton, Devon where they moved to Oldway Mansion a 115-room palace built by her father.

Relatives Winnaretta Singer

Died November 26, 1943, London, United Kingdom Spouse Prince Edmond de Polignac (m. 1893–1901), Louis de Scey-Montbeliard (m. 1887–1892) Parents Isabella Eugenie Boyer, Isaac Singer Siblings Washington Singer, Mortimer Singer, William Singer Grandparents Ruth Benson, Louis Noel Boyer, Adam Singer, Pamilla Boyer Similar People Prince Edmond de Polignac, Isaac Singer, Jules de Polignac, Maurice Ravel, Francis Poulenc

Winnaretta Singer, Princesse Edmond de Polignac (January 8, 1865- November 26, 1943) was a musucal patron and heir to the Singer machine fortune. Born in America, she lived most of her adult life in France

Winnaretta's older brother, Adam Mortimer Singer, became one of England's landed gentry. Her younger sister, Isabelle-Blanche (1869-1896) married Jean, duc Decazes. Their daughter, Daisy Fellowes, was raised by Winnaretta after Isabelle-Blanche's death and became a noted socialite, magazine editor, and fashion trendsetter in her own right. Winnaretta's younger brother, Paris Singer, was one of the architects and financiers of the resort of Palm Beach, Florida; he had a child by Isadora Duncan. Another brother, Washington Singer, became a substantial donor to the University College of the southwest of England, which later became the University of Exeter; one of the university's buildings is named in his honor.

Marriages and relationships

After Isaac Singer's death in 1875, Isabelle and her children moved back to Paris. Although known within private social circles to be lesbian, Winnaretta married at the age of 22 to Prince Louis de Scey-Montbeliard. The marriage was annulled in 1892 by the Catholic church, five years after a wedding night that reportedly included the bride's climbing atop an armoire and threatening to kill the groom if he came near her.

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Winnaretta Eugénie Singer's Timeline

January 8, 1865
Yonkers, NY, USA
November 26, 1943
Age 78
Westminster, London, England
November 26, 1943
Age 78