- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: A&E Home Video
- DVD Release Date: February 11, 2006
It's been said that Ms. Post - leading American socialite and heir to the Postum Cereal Company - lived like a queen but also gave like a philanthropist.
The only child of Charles William Post and Ella Letitia Merriweather, Marjorie Merriweather Post inherited the successful Postum Cereal Company at age 27, after her father's death. See in this episode of BIOGRAPHY® how Post, a socialite and shrewd businesswoman, helped elevate the rapidly growing enterprise to even further success.
In 1923, after Post's second husband Edward Hutton became Postum's chairman of the board, the company expanded to include such brands as Birdseye Frozen Foods and became the General Foods Corporation. The move was largely instigated by Post, who saw the need for prepared food in an age of increasingly independent women. After the Huttons divorced in 1935, she joined the company's Board of Directors, becoming one of the first women to join the board of directors of a major American corporation.
In spite of her business savvy, Post is probably best known for her four marriages and lavish homes. Her husbands include Hutton (their only child was actress Dina Merrill); Edward Bennett Close (grandfather to Glenn Close by a second marriage); Joseph Davies, US ambassador to the Soviet Union; and May Department Stores heir Herbert A. May Jr. The Long Island home she shared with her third husband is now the C.W. Post College at Long Island University. The 115-room Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, was purchased from the Post Family Trust in 1985 by Donald Trump, who reopened it as a private club. And her Washington, D.C. estate, Hillwood, was left to the Smithsonian and reopened to the public in 1977 as a museum to display Post's extensive French and Russian art collection.
Though an avid socialite with expensive tastes, including the largest privately owned sea-going yacht in the world and a pair of 20-carat diamond earrings belonging to Marie Antoinette, Post was also renowned for her substantial charitable donations. She set up soup kitchens in New York during the Depression and contributed to the Soviet War Relief of World War II, the Boy Scouts of America and the National Symphony Orchestra's "Music for Young America" program. Over the years, she donated millions of dollars to charities, including $100,000 to build the Kennedy Center. The French government also awarded Post the Legion of Honor after she donated funds to construct field hospitals in France during World War I.