Harriman, Pamela

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Pamela Harriman
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Name
Harriman, Pamela Gender: F
Pamela Beryl Digby
born on 20 March 1920 at 04:30 (= 04:30 AM )
Place Farnborough, England, 51n17, 0w46
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Rectified from approx. time
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 29°17' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 25°51 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 07°02'



Biography

British noted family, the third daughter of Lord Digby and the wife of Randolph Churchill in 1939 (the son of Winston Churchill); they divorced in 1945. She married ambassador Averell Harriman and later, attained the position herself of ambassador to France.

Called by her biographer "the century’s greatest courtesan," Pamela had a lifetime of amazing adventure, glamour and power. The daughter of a British aristocrat, she grew up on an imposing 1,500-acre family estate in Dorset. It was nonetheless an intellectually stultifying time in history for women, neither was she considered, at her coming-out in 1938, to have either beauty or grace. Loud, pudgy and awkward, she managed somehow to capture the catch of the season, Winston Churchill’s only son, Randolph, whom she met on a blind date.

The catch turned out to be no prize. Randolph was a womanizer, a drinker and gambler, and after Pamela produced the requisite heir, Winston, in 1940, she began to create her own style. It was style indeed with the best of chic and social know-how.

She and Winston Sr. became great friends and through him, she met the movers and shakers of the world in that era. Her romantic resume became a Fortune-500 catalog. With intelligence, savvy, ambition and sensuality, Pamela learned the secret of enveloping her men in a velvet cocoon of undivided attention. Living in Paris, she had various alliances and affairs including those with Aly Khan, Gianni Agnelli, Elie de Rothschild and Stavros Niarchos. In 1960 she made a second marriage, to Broadway producer Leland Hayward. They lived in high style and his death in 1971 left her financially strapped.

In 1972, now age 51, Pamela was reunited with a lover from long ago, 79-year-old Averall Harriman. They married and settled in Washington DC, where Pamela conquered the American political center with the same ease and finesse with which she had made Europe her playground. Becoming a major Democratic fund-raiser, she set her sights on becoming a diplomat. When Harriman died in 1986, there was a nasty period in which she had a legal battle over his estate, but she won enough of the fight to give her a comfortable lifestyle.

She had a brain aneurysm and died 2/05/1997, 3:50 PM MET at the American hospital at Neuilly sur Seine, France.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

Events

  • Work : Gain social status 1938 (Coming out)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1939 (Randolph Churchill)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1945 (Churchill)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1960 (Leland Hayward)
  • Death of Mate 1971 (Hayward died)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1972 (Reunited with ex-lover Averall Harriman)
  • Death of Mate 1986 (Harriman died)
  • Death by Disease 5 February 1997 at 3:50 PM in Neuilly sur Seine, France (Brain aneurysm, age 76)
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Source Notes

Shelley von Strunckel quotes Harriman's private secretary at the Embassy in Paris, who asked the Ambassador directly. She said that she had come "at about the same time as the milkman."

Biography: Sally Bedell Smith, "Reflected Glory," Simon & Schuster 1996.

Categories

  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Brain (Aneurysm, terminal)
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted (Daughter of Lord Digby)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Randolph Churchill)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (One)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed (Second and third husbands died)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One son)

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