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New York, July 22, 1918. Alice de Goicouria Belmont on "Beauty." Alice, the daughter of August Belmont Jr. and an heir to the Belmont banking fortune, grew up to be a registered nurse. She died by her own hand in 1955 at the age of 45. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.