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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.
December 12, 1915. "Mrs. Raymond Belmont." In a court case that dragged on for years, Mrs. Belmont, the former chorus girl Ethel Loraine, sued her husband, of the banking and equestrian dynasty, for desertion when he abandoned her eight days after their wedding. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.