Timeline

Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
1903/03/22 Katherine Duer MacKay gives birth to Ellin Mackay at the famaly's $6 million estate in Roslyn, Long Island (razed, Harbor Hill). Born Mackay Estate Gate Lodge Town of Oyster Bay, NY
1921/00/00 Ellin Mackay makes her debut in society at the age of eighteen. Life
1922/00/00 Educated in private schools, including a special courses at Barnard College, Miss Mackay is a debutante during the season of 1922-23, when her father gave her a ball at the Ritz-Carlton (razed). Life Barnard College
1924/00/00 As Ellin and the Prince of Wales dance, she tells him that the song the orchestra is playing was written by her friend. Ellin then asks the Prince to cover for her while she makes a telephone call. Hostest Mackay Estate Gate Lodge Town of Oyster Bay, NY
1925/12/25 Ellin Mackay's ''The Declining Function'' is published in The New Yorker. MacKay writes, as a liberated young woman, "Modern girls are conscious of their identity and they marry whom they choose, satisfied to satisfy themselves.'' Author
1926/01/04 Ms Ellin Mackay walks out of 3 East 75th with only the clothes she is wearing and, taking her first subway ride, meets Irving Berlin. Bride Duncan-Mackay Mansion New York City Marriage of Ellen Mackay and Irving Berlin
1926/01/04 Ellin Mackay, a Catholic, marries Irvine Berlin, a Jew, in a rushed ceremony at New York City's Municipal Building. The question of religion in connection with the marriage, says Irvine, would be considered later, if at all. Bride Municipal Building New York City Marriage of Ellen Mackay and Irving Berlin
1928/12/25 The Berlin's three-week-old son, Irving Berlin Jr, dies on Christmas day. Every year, Irving and Ellin spend Christmas Day visiting the grave of thier son. Mother Woodlawn Cemetery New York City
1933/00/00 Ellin MacKay begins contributing short stories to The Saturday Evening Post, The Ladies' Home Journal and other popular magazines. Author
1935/00/00 Mrs Berlin was re-baptized in the Catholic faith in the 1930's. Throughout her life she worshiped at St Patrick's Cathedral, Faith St Patrick's Cathedral New York City
1944/00/00 MacKay's first novel, ''Land I Have Chosen,'' is published. Depicting the evils of Nazi Germany, it was sold to the movies for $150,000, then a record. Author
1948/00/00 Ellin MacKay's novel, "Lace Curtain" is published. Author
1957/00/00 Ellin MacKay's "Silver Platter", a semi-fictional account of her Nevada pioneer ancestors, is published. Author
1970/00/00 Mrs Berlin, last of her four novels, ''The Best of Families,'' is published in 1970. Author
1988/07/29 Ellin Berlin, the novelist wife of songwriter Irving Berlin, dies at Doctors Hospital (razed). She had been taken from her town house at 17 Beekman Place after the last of a series of strokes. Died Turtle Bay
1988/08/02 Funeral mass for Ellin Mackay Berlin is celebrated at St Patrick's Cathedral. In Memoriam St Patrick's Cathedral New York City
1988/08/02 Ellin Mackay Berlin is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. In Memoriam Woodlawn Cemetery New York City
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