Consuelo (Vanderbilt) Balsan

Consuelo (Vanderbilt) Balsan (1877 - 1964)

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Consuelo "Duchess of Marlborough" Balsan formerly Vanderbilt aka Spencer-Churchill
Born in New York City, New York, United States of Americamap
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Wife of — married (to ) in St. Thomas Episcopal Church, New York City, New Yorkmap
Wife of — married (to ) in Registry Office, Henrietta Street, London, Englandmap
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Died in Southampton, Long Island, New Yorkmap
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Consuelo Vanderbilt was born 2 March 1877 to William Vanderbilt I and Alva Smith in New York City, New York. Consuelo was named after her godmother, Consuelo Yznaga, her mother's best friend.[1][2][3]

Consuelo was dominated by her mother and her first marriage was forced on her, despite her being secretly engaged to Winthrop Rutherfurd. She was married to Charles Spencer-Churchill, the 9th Duck of Malborough on 6 November 1895 at St. Thomas Espiscopal Church in New York City. They had two sons. Their marriage became that of name only and Consuelo briefly was smitten with her husband's cousin, Reginald Fellowes. In 1906 Consuelo and Charles separated and then divorced in 1921. The marriage was annulled on 19 August 1926.[1][3]

Consuelo married Jacques Balsan on 4 July 1921 at the Registry Office on Henrietta Street in London, England. Jacques died in 1956.[1][3]

Consuelo died on 6 December 1964 at Southampton, Long Island, New York. She is buried at St. Martin Churchyard in Bladon, Oxfordshire, England.[1][3][4]


  • Sunderland House in London, England was built for Consuelo by her father [1]
  • St. Gerges Motel, near Dreux, France[1]
  • In 1932, Consuelo built Casa Alva in Manalapan, Florida. She sold the home in 1957[1]


  • Cared for the less fortunate tenants on her husband's estate[1]
  • Became involved in philanthropic projects, esepcially those that affected mothers and children[1]
  • Considered a social success with royality and aristocracy of Britain[1]
  • Worked with Winaretta Singer-Polignac to contruct a 360 bed hosptial to provide medical care to the middle class workers. The Foch Hospital, is located in Suresnes, France.[1]
  • Published an autobiography, The Glitter and the Gold, in 1953. It was ghost written by Stuart Preston.[1]


  • The following was sent via the private messaging system on Note, real sources are needed and then this can be removed:
    Consuelo's mother was Alva Erskine (Smith) Vanderbilt- Belmont. Her father was William Kissam Vanderbilt. Her mother, Alva was a force to be reckoned with and first to divorce in her society. She later married Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont. They owned Marble house; Belcourt Castle in Newport among many other properties. Consuelo was bargained off for an English title to the 8th Duke of Marlborough- Charles Spencer Churchill and during their loveless marriage he became involved with an American anmed Gladys Deacon which caused a scandal back then. He divorced Consuelo who later remarried a Frenchman and wed Gladys- Gladys ended up in an insane asylum. Consuelo's father gave the Duke $2,500, 000 in dowry money as well as shares of capital stock. They lived at Blenheim castle in England. Vanderbilt is derived from : van der :from the village of Debilt, Holland.


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Wikipedia contributors, ‘Consuelo Vanderbilt’, Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 4 February 2016, 09:41 UTC, <> [accessed 28 March 2016]
  2. Wikipedia contributors, ‘Vanderbilt family’, Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 26 March 2016, 19:09 UTC, <> [accessed 28 March 2016]
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Darryl Lundy [Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand]. "The Peerage, A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe." ( 28 Mar 2016. [This site contains numerous hyper-links.]
  4. Find A Grave contributors, Memorial page for Consuelo Vanderbilt (1877-1964), Find A Grave: Memorial No. 3462, Aug 19, 1998.<>[accessed 28 March 2016]

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On 29 Mar 2016 at 20:44 GMT Allison Mackler wrote:

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