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 Evelyn Francis McHale

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Evelyn Francis McHale

  • Birth 20 Sep 1923 Berkeley, Alameda County, California, USA
  • Death 1 May 1947 Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Burial Middle Village, Queens County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 57348335

Evelyn McHale is the subject of the famous picture than appeared in LIFE magazine, most often referred to as, "The Most Beautiful Suicide."

Little is known of Evelyn. she leapt to her tragic death from the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building, on May 1st, 1947.

Among the possessions she left on the observation deck prior to jumping, police found a suicide note that said, "He is much better off without me...I wouldn't make a good wife for anybody."

Evelyn's body, strangely intact, landed on a parked United Nations limousine. Photography student Robert Wiles, who happened to be there at the moment, took the famous photograph of her only about four minutes after her death.

Elegant, even in death, the strangely beautiful photograph of Evelyn McHale ran in the May 12, 1947 edition of LIFE magazine, becoming one of the most iconic shots of all time.

Since then, the picture has been used in several magazines and works of art, most notably by Andy Warhol, who titled his piece on Evelyn, "Suicide (Fallen Body)"

Though the demand for more information on the life of miss McHale is heavy, not much else is known about her or the circumstances leading to her tragic fall.


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  • Created by: Lina
  • Added: 19 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 57348335
  • New York Historian
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Evelyn Francis McHale (20 Sep 1923–1 May 1947), Find A Grave Memorial no. 57348335, citing Fresh Pond Crematory and Columbarium, Middle Village, Queens County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Lina (contributor 46858469) .