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Brooke Shields is related to the Close, Best, Post, and Brevoort family.


Marjorie Merriweather Post (March 15, 1887 – September 12, 1973) was an American businesswoman, socialitephilanthropist. She was also the owner of General Foods.

Post used much of her fortune to collect art, particularly pre-revolutionary Russian art, much of which is now on display at Hillwood, the museum which was her estate in Washington, D.C. She is also known for her mansion, Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida.

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Birth Name: Brooke Christa Shields

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 31, 1965

Ethnicity: Irish, German, near one eighth Italian, European Royal, English, Scottish, with distant Scots-Irish, Welsh, Spanish, French, and Dutch

Brooke Shields is an American actress and model. She has starred in the films Pretty BabyThe Blue Lagoon, and Endless Love, among others.

Brooke is the daughter of Maria Theresia “Teri” (Schmon) and Francis Alexander Shields, a businessperson and executive. Brooke is married to television writer Chris Henchy, with whom she has two children.

Her paternal grandfather was of Irish descent. Her paternal grandmother, who was born in Italy, had Italian, as well as European Royal, English, Scottish, a small amount of German, and distant Spanish, French, and Dutch, ancestry. Her mother had German, as well as English, Scots-Irish, and Welsh, ancestry.

On the television show Who Do You Think You Are?, 2010, Brooke explored her paternal grandmother’s remote French ancestry.

Brooke is a second cousin, once removed, of actress Glenn Close. Brooke’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Charles Arthur Moore and Mary L./Kate Campbell (the parents of Mary Elsie Moore), were also Glenn’s maternal great-grandparents.

Brooke’s paternal grandfather was Frank Shields (Francis Xavier Alexander Shields, the son of Alexander John Shields and Alice A. Haggerty). Frank was born in New York, and was a top-ranking amateur tennis player, and an actor. He was of Irish descent. Brooke’s great-grandfather Alexander was the son of Alexander John Shields and Ellen Maria Holtan, both of whom were the children of Irish parents. Alice was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents, Dennis Haggerty, from County Donegal, and Margaret Gallagher.

Brooke’s paternal grandmother was Donna Marina Torlonia, dei Principi di Civitella-Cesi (the daughter of Don Marino Torlonia, 4th Prince of Civitella-Cesi, and of Mary Elsie Moore). Brooke’s grandmother Donna Marina, an aristocrat, was born in Palazzo Núñez-Torlonia, Rome, Lazio, Italy, and was an Italian princess. She was also known as Marina Torlonia Shields and Marina Torlonia Slater. Brooke’s great-grandfather Don Marino Torlonia was Italian, and also had one eighth German, and distant Spanish and French, descent; he was the son of Guido/Giulio Torlonia and Teresa Chigi della Rovere-Albani. He descended from many noble and aristocratic families, including the House of Medici, House of Este, House of Gonzaga, and House of Montefeltro. Brooke’s great-grandmother Mary Elsie was American-born, and had English, Scottish, and remote Dutch, descent, the daughter of Charles Arthur Moore and Mary L./Kate Campbell.

Brooke’s maternal grandfather was John W. Schmon (the daughter of John Schmon and Bertha Walker). Brooke’s grandfather John was born in New Jersey. Brooke’s great-grandfather John was the son of Robert Schmon and Barbara Meyer.

Brooke’s maternal grandmother was Theresa A. Dollinger (the daughter of John Daniel Dollinger and Ida E. McCarl). Theresa was born in New Jersey. John was born in Pennsylvania, the son of German parents, Joseph Dollinger and Theresa/Theresia (apparently Murphy). Ida likely was the daughter of Frank McCarl and Mary Brower.

Sources: Genealogies of Brooke Shields –

Edward Bennett Close

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  • Born 23 January 1882 – Manhattan, New York, NY
  • Deceased 5 February 1955 – Greenwich, Fairfield Co., CT, aged 73 years old


 Edward Harvey Close 1844-1888
 Emma Bennett 1855-

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F  Isabella Brevoort

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  • Born in 1788
  • Deceased


 Johannes Brevoort /1755-
 Mary Tweedle

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  Hendrick Brevoort

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  • Born before 17 December 1670 – Harlem, NY
  • Deceased in 1718

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Mary Elsie Moore, Princess di Civitella-Cesi (October 22, 1889 – December 21, 1941), was an American railroad equipment heiress who married and divorced Italian Prince Don Marino Torlonia, 4th Prince of Civitella-Cesi.

Early life[edit]

Mary Elsie Moore was born October 22, 1889 in BrooklynNew York, the youngest child of Charles Arthur Moore (1846–1914)[2] and Mary (née Campbell) Moore (1854–1928).[3] Her father was a shipping broker and hardware manufacturer from Connecticut, who went on to become the president of Manning, Maxwell and Moore, a large industrial concern.[4][5]

Her siblings were Charles Arthur Moore Jr., who married Elizabeth Hyde (actress Glenn Close‘s maternal grandfather); Eugene Maxwell Moore, who married Titanic survivor Margaret Graham; and Jessie Ann Moore, who married the son of U.S Navy Admiral Colby Mitchell Chester.

Moore was educated at Mrs. Dow’s School in Briarcliff Manor, New York.[4]

Personal life[edit]

On August 15, 1907, Moore married the then Duke of Poli and Guadagnolo Don Marino Torlonia (1861–1933) at Old Orchard, her parents’ estate in Belle Haven, Greenwich, Connecticut.[6] She was nicknamed, “the Dollar Duchess” by the media.[5][7] Upon his brother Augusto Torlonia‘s death in 1926, her husband became the 4th Prince of Civitella-Cesi. Together, the Prince and Princess of Civitella-Cesi had four children:[4]

In 1922, the Duke of Torlonia fought a duel with Count Filippo Lovatelli, the famous Italian sculptor, over a statue of the Duchess, causing an international sensation.[10][11]

The Prince of Torlonia was having an affair.[5] In 1925, the couple separated and in 1926, the Duchess filed for divorce in the United States.[12] Her American citizenship was brought into question,[13] but the Connecticut courts decided that her residence in the state was legal and granted her divorce in February 1928.[14][15]

Once settled in the United States she became a socialite, active in society life in New York City and NewportRhode Island.[5] Moore died at her home, 375 Park Avenue in New York City, on December 21, 1941.[4]

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