Beatrice “Minnie” <I>Ashley</I> Chanler

Beatrice “Minnie” Ashley Chanler

Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 19 Jun 1946 (aged 66)
Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, USA
Burial Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Plot 280A WD
Memorial ID 139056798 · View Source
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Known as a great beauty of the stage, Minnie Ashley's talents as a singer and dancer emerged in a musical "1492" in 1892. Just as she gained stardom infrared necrosis of her eyes caused by prolonged exposure to theatrical arc lights caused her sight to degrade. In 1902 she quit the stage, married politician William Astor Chanler (the wealthy grandson of John Jacob Astor). Fearing the loss of her eye site she took to sculpting work. Chanler and Ashley separated amicably in 1909 when William decided to reside in Paris while Ashley remained in America to raise Chanler's two sons.In 1911 she attempted a comeback under the name Beatrice Ashley Chanler. In her later life she became a philanthropist.

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  • Created by: Ricky Eade
  • Added: 21 Nov 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 139056798
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Beatrice “Minnie” Ashley Chanler (7 May 1880–19 Jun 1946), Find A Grave Memorial no. 139056798, citing Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by Ricky Eade (contributor 47079144) .