DeMarrying Mr. MacEvoy

29 Oct


~ “In 1940, Freddie MacEvoy married Beatrice Cartwright, an heiress to the Standard Oil fortune. He and Beatrice (twice his age) had lived together at the Badrutt Palace in St. Moritz for several winters, prior to their marriage. One year, McEvoy brought a much younger model to “care for him,” explaining to Cartwright that he must have a younger lover than her. The marriage lasted two years, and in the same year they were divorced, he married Irene Wrightsman, the 18-year-old daughter of the president of Standard Oil of Kansas.”

October 29, 1942

The Daily News (Perth, Australia)

Here’s the Wiley Mr. MacEvoy with Buster Wiles, three months later…


Four years later…

August 29, 1946

The Daily News (New York, New York)

~ “During the Forties, Freddie often stayed in Mexico City with Countess Dorothy di Frasso, one of Freddie’s most generous patrons. Di Frasso spread his fame among her friends for his bedroom performances, which she said was worth all the money she gave him.

In 1945, McEvoy began a long-running affair with the wealthy heiress, Barbara Hutton. Hutton agreed with di Frasso concerning Freddie’s skills, considering him a superb lover, and felt that he understood women better than any man she had ever met. They later lived together at a fashionable ski chalet in Franconia, New Hampshire, which Hutton bought for McEvoy. They never married but remained friends throughout his life.

McEvoy eventually married French fashion model Claude Stephanie Filatre. On November 7, 1951 they were sailing on his 104-ton schooner, Kangaroo, near Cap Cantin off the coast of Morocco when a storm hit. The ship went down, but Freddie lashed his wife and maid to the mast, and then swam to shore seeking help. But he was unable to find any assistance and swam back out to the mast. He and Claude Stephanie then began swimming to shore, but she was unable to make it. He attempted to tow her to shore, but the waves pulled them to sea, they crashed against the rocks, and were not seen alive again. Their bodies were recovered the next day.

Earlier in ’51, Vincent Van Spartacus was making a play for Irene…

— Gentleman Tim


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  1. Selene Hutchison-Zuffi

    November 4, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    At least he was loyal to Errol. He put Errol before himself. I dont think Freddie was a bad man. Bad man arent made like that. He also put his wife before himself and died

  2. Gentleman Tim

    November 4, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    I agree, Selene. He was astonishingly strong and loyal. A man’s man (and a ladies man ;) who lived life to its fullest. An enormous athletic talent as well. He was a tremendous friend to Errol, saved him from heroin and San Quentin (if not SQQ.)

    If he did transport contraband for the Nazis during the war, as has been alleged or insinuated, I condemn that in the strongest terms possible. But I’ve never seen actual evidence, only speculation. Also, I don’t personally admire any man who marries lovelessly for money as he did, though it must be said that all those women seemed more than willing to be thrilled by him.…

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