Husband James Whitney Fosburgh

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32 E 64th St, New York, NY 10065, Stati Uniti
Lake View Cemetery, 12316 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106, Stati Uniti

Mary Benedict "Minnie" Cushing (January 27, 1906 – November 6, 1978) was an American socialite, philanthropist and art collector.

Mary Benedict Cushing was the eldest daughter of Harvey Williams Cushing (1869–1939) and Katharine Stone Crowell. Her father, a pioneering neurosurgeon, was the first person to describe Cushing's disease, and who, along with Ernest Sachs, is known as the "father of neurosurgery."[1]

Her two sisters, also prominent socialites, were Betsey Maria Cushing (1908–1998), who was married to James Roosevelt II and later to John Hay Whitney, and Barbara Cushing (1915–1978),[2] who married Stanley Grafton Mortimer, Jr. and later William S. Paley.[3] She also had two brothers, William Harvey Cushing and Henry Kirke Cushing.[4]

Cushing was a trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York City Center, and was on the board of the Yale Art Gallery. She was also a major supporter of the American National Theater and Academy and the Henry Street Settlement. During World War II, she was a leader in the Ship Service Committee and New York City War Fund.[5]

In 1940, she married for the first time to William Vincent Astor (1891–1959), son of Colonel John Jacob Astor IV and Ava Lowle Willing. It was Astor's second marriage, his first to Helen Dinsmore Huntington, ended in divorce, also in 1940.[2][5][6][7] They were divorced in 1953.[5]


32 East 64th Street, NYC

Later in 1953, she married her second husband, the painter James Whitney Fosburgh (1910–1978).[8] Together, they amassed a significant art collection known for its notable paintings, including works by Paul Cézanne, Winslow Homer, William Nicholson, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Walter Sickert, and Pavel Tchelitchew.[9]

Mary died on November 6, 1978[5] at her home in Manhattan after a long illness. She was 72 years old and lived at 32 East 64th Street.


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