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Unexpectedly the wealthiest of the Cornelius Vanderbilt's  sons, Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, was expected to make an advantageous match. He did.  On January 11, 1901 Alfred Vanderbilt married Ellen French, known as Elsie, in Newport, Rhode Island.

Ellen Vanderbilt, nee French, Wearing a large open-work diamond band of decorative panels.

Grace Wilson Vanderbilt in poka dots.  Grace Wilson Vanderbilt once said that: "I feel deeply for poor dear Marie Antoinette, for if The Revolution came to America, I should be the first to go."

Grace Wilson Vanderbilt in poka dots. Grace Wilson Vanderbilt once said that: "I feel deeply for poor dear Marie Antoinette, for if The Revolution came to America, I should be the first to go.

Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish and Miss Lola Robinson. Mrs. Fish, never at loss for words as well as reminders about personal realities once greeted her guests at the beginning of a new season with “Well, here you all are -- older faces and younger clothes.” One night during a coughing spell that worried her husband, Mr. Fish asked, “Can I get you something for your throat" She replied "That pearl necklace I saw today at Tiffany's." And so it was.

Stuyvesant Fish and Miss Lola Robinson. Fish, never at loss for words as well as reminders about personal realities once greeted her guests at the beginning of a new season with “Well, here you all are -- older faces and younger clothes.

Mrs. Alfred G. Vanderbilt [Ellen "Elsie" French] and her son William H. Vanderbilt III, the future Governor of Rhode Island and Consuelo Vanderbilt's first cousin, once removed.

Alfred G. Vanderbilt [Ellen "Elsie" French] and her son William H. Vanderbilt III, the future Governor of Rhode Island and Consuelo Vanderbilt's first cousin, once removed.

Left half of picture of Grace Vanderbilt at a small dinner for 40 in her 640 Fifth Avenue dining room in the early 1940s.

Left half of picture of Grace Vanderbilt at a small dinner for 40 in her 640 Fifth Avenue dining room in the early

Consuelo Vanderbilt, the Duchess of Marlborough, and her young sons - 1902

'Consuelo and Alva': An Early Story of Celebrity

Consuelo Vanderbilt, the Duchess of Marlborough (c. with her two infant sons: (l) Lord Ivor Charles Spencer-Churchill, b. 14 Oct (r) John Albert William Spencer-Churchill, Marquess of Blandford, b. 18 Sep 1897 (later the Duke of Marlborough).

Florence Vanderbilt Twombly, 1898. She was Commodore Vanderbilt’s last surviving granddaughter and, according to some, her death in 1952 signaled the end of New York City society.

Florence Vanderbilt Twombly, She was Commodore Vanderbilt’s last surviving granddaughter and, according to some, her death in 1952 signaled the end of New York City society.

Mrs Cornelius Vanderbilt III (Grace Wilson) and her children Cornelius Vanderbilt IV and Grace Vanderbilt. She was the wife of Consuelo Vanderbilt's first cousin.  Their daughter Grace was at one time rumored to be engaged to Consuelo's son Lord Ivor Spencer-Churchill.

Cornelius Vanderbilt III [Grace Wilson] with her children Cornelius IV and Grace. Her husband General C. Vanderbilt III, son of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, was Consuelo Vanderbilt's first cousin.

Consuelo, Duchess of Manchester. Born in Louisiana to a Cuban grandee and an American. Entered New York society via the Vanderbilts--namely Alva Vanderbilt, who was her best friend. Godmother to Consuelo Vanderbilt (Duchess of Marlborough). The original "Buccaneer" in the 1870s, along with Jennie Jerome and Minnie Stevens.

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Consuelo, Duchess of Manchester. The original "Buccaneer" in the along with Jennie Jerome and Minnie Stevens.

Consuelo's first cousins Cornelius III & Gladys Vanderbilt, children of Cornelius Vanderbilt II and Alice Claypoole Gwynne.  When Cornelius II  was living, he was patriarch of the Vanderbilt family. He, in essence, disinherited his namesake because his son married without his permission. As fate would have it, Cornelius III ended up inheriting his grandfather's Fifth Ave mansion and much of his estate anyway. His sister Gladys would later marry Hungarian Count László Széchenyi.

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Indira Raje of Baroda as a young girl with her mother, The Maharani Chimnabai II of Baroda, wearing a 'Nauvari', a traditional Maharashtrian sari. She is the mother of Gayatri Devi.

This is the Duchess of Marlborough, in the role of “the wife of the French Ambassador at the court of Catherine the Great of Russia”. The Duchess was formerly Consuelo Vanderbilt an eligible American heiress who was apparently forced into her marriage (to the 9th Duke of Marlborough) by her mother. The marriage ended in divorce in 1921. She remained friendly with some members of her husband’s family including Winston Churchill.

The Duchess of Marlborough as the wife of the French ambasador at the court of Catherine of Russia Duchess of Devonshire’s Jubilee Costume Ball of 1897

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