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Evelyn Nesbit

Eickemeyer's photograph of Broadway chorus girl Evelyn Nesbit was commissioned by Nesbit's lover, the well-known architect Stanford White. Four years after posing for Eickemeyer, Nesbit married a rival suitor, millionaire Harry K. Thaw. Thaw was a volatile and violent man--and madly jealous. When he learned that White had earlier seduced the teenaged Nesbit, he began carrying a pistol around with him. On the evening of June 25, 1906, he confronted White at Madison Square Garden. White was seated at a table in the Garden's roof theater, where he was watching a performance of Mamzelle Champagne. Thaw approached him, drew out his pistol, fired three times, and shot White to death. The Nesbit-White-Thaw love triangle was the subject of the 1955 film The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing, starring Joan Collins as Evelyn Nesbit, Ray Miland as Stanford White, and Farley Granger as Harry K. Thaw.

 

 



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