|Birth: ||Oct. 30, 1919|
New London County
|Death: ||Jun. 23, 1977|
Shane was the son of playwright Eugene O'Neill and his first wife Agnes Boulton O'Neill. Agnes was buried under the name Agnes Boulton and lies next to her son in the Boulton family plot.
From the documentary film on Eugene O'Neill produced for PBS TV on the "American Experience" it is quoted: "Second son, Shane: When Shane O'Neill was born on October 30, 1919, the doctor who delivered him recalled that the baby's father, Eugene, was getting drunk elsewhere at the time. As Shane grew up, his father 'seemed detached from the boy' said a family friend. Eugene left his wife, Agnes Boulton, for Carlotta Monterey, informing his young son via letter that he would not see him again for a long time.
Family curse: As an adult, Shane drifted, taking odd jobs and joining the Merchant Marines. Reminiscent of his father as a young man, he began drinking excessively in his 20's and made repeated suicide attempts. Shane married and has a son, Eugene III, who died at two months, showing evidence of neglect, according to a doctor's report. Appalled, Eugene never again saw his son, who was later arrested for heroin possession. With a collaborator, Shane wrote a book about his family caled "The Curse of the Misbegotten". In 1977, like his half brother, Eugene Jr., Shane committed suicide."
Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (1888 - 1953)
Agnes Boulton (1892 - 1968)
Upper Merryall Cemetery
Plot: M - 34
Created by: Michael Ryley Bradbury
Record added: Dec 01, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16875134