Evalyn McLean ( née Walsh; August 1, 1886 – April 26, 1947) was an American mining heiress and socialite, famous for reputedly being the last private owner of the 45-carat (9.0 g) Hope Diamond (which was bought in 1911 for US$ 180,000 from Pierre Cartier ), as well as another famous diamond, the 94-carat (18.8 g) Star of the East.
McLean, Evalyn Walsh (1886–1947) American socialite and owner of the Hope diamond . Born on August 1, 1886, in Denver, Colorado; diedon April 26, 1947, in Washington, D.C.; daughter of Thomas F. Walsh (a carpenter and gold miner) and Carrie Bell (Reed) Walsh; married Edward Beale McLean, on July 22, 1908 (separated 1928); children: Vinson ...
Evalyn Walsh McLean (1886-1947) came from humble roots. Her father, Thomas F. Walsh, was a gold miner in Colorado who had moved to America from Ireland in 1869. Her mother, Carrie Bell Reed, was the daughter of a school teacher. Evalyn’s early years were somewhat unstable—she moved frequently due to her father’s job, living in hotels and ...
28 de feb. de 2021 · Evalyn Walsh McLean home at 3308 R Street, NW "Friendship" where she lived after leaving the McLean's Friendship estate. Library of Congress. Evalyn died in 1947 at the age of sixty from pneumonia at her Georgetown home. She insisted on wearing the Hope Diamond on her deathbed.
In 1919, her eldest son Vinson was hit by a car and killed in front of their estate at the age of nine. Her husband Ned drank heavily, took on a mistress, and was eventually declared insane. In 1946, Evalyn’s only daughter, Evalyn McLean Reynolds, died of a drug overdose at age twenty-five.
The Walsh-McLean House, completed in 1903, cost $835,000 (the most expensive residence in the city at the time) and had 60 rooms, a theater, a ballroom, a French salon, a grand staircase, and $2 million in furnishings which took several years to purchase and install.
Mrs. Evalyn Walsh McLean, estranged wife of Edward B. McLean, former Washington, D.C. Publisher, enters District of Columbia Supreme Court in the... American mining heiress Evalyn Walsh McLean was the last private owner of the Hope Diamond, Washington DC, 1910.