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Thelma Furness, Viscountess Furness

Film actor from United Kingdom,United States of America

Thelma Furness, Viscountess Furness Thelma, Viscountess Furness (August 23, 1904 – January 29, 1970), born Thelma Morgan, was a mistress of King Edward VIII while he was still the Prince of Wales; she preceded Wallis Simpson (for whose sake Edward abdicated and became the Duke of Windsor) in his affections. During most of her close relationship with the Prince, she was married to another British nobleman, Marmaduke Furness, 1st Viscount Furness. That marriage ended the year before her relationship with the Prince ended. Her first name was pronounced in Spanish fashion as "TEL-ma." Her niece is fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt. Born in Lucerne, Switzerland, she was a daughter of Harry Hays Morgan Sr, an American diplomat who was U.S. consul in Buenos Aires and in Brussels, and his half-Chilean, half-Irish-American wife, Laura Delphine Kilpatrick. Married in 1893, they were divorced in 1927. Her maternal grandfather was a Union general, Hugh Judson Kilpatrick (1836–1881), who was also U.S. minister to Chile, and through her maternal grandmother Luisa Fernandez de Valdivieso, who was a niece of Crescente Errázuriz Valdivieso, Archbishop of Santiago, she reportedly was a descendant of Spain's royal house of  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1904-08-23
Place of birth
Lucerne
Nationality
United Kingdom,United States of America
Siblings
Gloria Laura Mercedes Morgan-Vanderbilt

Death

Date of death
1970-01-29
Place of death
Culver City
Place of burial
Holy Cross Cemetery

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