Evelyn Francis McHale

Evelyn Francis McHale

Birth
Berkeley, Alameda County, California, USA
Death
1 May 1947 (aged 23)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial
Middle Village, Queens County, New York, USA
Plot
Unmarked grave
Memorial ID
57348335 View Source

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.

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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