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Isabel Nash Eberstadt
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Birth: Sep. 30, 1933
Death: Dec. 30, 2006

Isabel Nash Eberstadt was the daughter of Frances and (the poet/writer) Ogden Nash. She was also a muse of Andy Warhol and featured in his film "The Thirteen Most Beautiful Women" in 1964. Isabel Eberstadt and Jane "Baby Jane" Holzer were society icons and fashionistas of the 60's, modelling for major fashion magazines. Eberstadt was also a patron of the arts. She was quick to spot new fashion trends, and in wearing them, frequently placed on "Best Dressed" lists.

Her daughter, the writer Fernanda Eberstadt captured her essence beautifully in an article entitled "Am I Turning Into My Mother?" published in the October 2010 issue of More, portraying her thusly:

"My mother was the daughter of the poet Ogden Nash. She published two novels, 25 years apart, and half a dozen striking pieces about people and places she loved: Haiti, Andy Warhol, the underground filmmaker Jack Smith. She had tiny bones, with wrists as thin as a Somali war orphan's; a long, narrow moon-white face; green-and-black- speckled eyes that gleamed with a somewhat mocking wit; and an absurdly turned-up nose. As a young girl, she'd been intellectually precocious, perhaps a bit geeky, the ugly-duckling daughter of a beautiful mother, and somehow, through sheer nerve, she'd maneuvered that awkwardness into drop-dead grace... My mother's charms were not conventionally motherly, although she was good at stroking your back if you were sick. She lived in our family apartment like an unhousetrained teenager, skipping meals and occasionally, at nocturnal hours, dipping into the refrigerator to eat honey or caramel sauce straight from the jar... In the late '60s she had been treated with an experimental antidepressant that had destroyed her kidneys, while a long-undiagnosed case of hepatitis C, contracted at the same period from a blood transfusion, eventually did in her liver."

Paid death notice, NY Times, January 2, 2007:

EBERSTADT--Isabel Nash, died peacefully at home in New York December 30, after a long illness. Born in Baltimore September 30, 1933 she is the daughter of the poet Ogden Nash and his wife Frances Leonard. The beloved wife of Frederick Eberstadt, she is the devoted mother of Nicholas Nash Eberstadt and Fernanda Eberstadt. She is also the adoring grandmother of Frederick William Eberstadt, Katherine Eberstadt, Isabel Eberstadt II and Alexandra Eberstadt, as well as Maud Bruton and Theodore Bruton. She is the loving mother-in-law of Mary Tedeschi Eberstadt and Alastair Bruton. She is also survived by her sister Linell Nash Smith and her three daughters and their three children. On her husband's side she is survived by her sister and brother in law Ann and Peter Cannell and four of their children as well their 10 grandchildren. A journalist and patron of the arts, she is the author of two novels.

(The service was held at St. James Church in NYC.)

 
 
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 Parents:
  Ogden Nash (1902 - 1971)
  Frances Rider Leonard Nash (1906 - 1994)
 
Burial:
Little River Cemetery
North Hampton
Rockingham County
New Hampshire, USA
 
Created by: sr/ks
Record added: Nov 03, 2008
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