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Evalyn Walsh McLean

Born: Aug 1, 1886

Death: Apr 26, 1947

Birthplace: Leadville

Nationality: United States

Evalyn Walsh McLean

Date of Birth : Aug 1, 1886
Date of Death : Apr 26, 1947
Birth Place : Leadville

Evalyn Walsh McLean was an American mining heiress and socialite who was famous for being the last private owner of the 45-carat Hope Diamond as well as another famous diamond, the 94-carat Star of the East. She also was the author, with Boyden Sparkes, of a memoir, Father Struck It Rich. She was the only daughter of Thomas Walsh, an Irish immigrant miner and prospector turned multimillionaire, and his wife, Carrie Bell Reed, a former schoolteacher. In 1908, she married Edward Beale McLean, the heir to The Washington Post and The Cincinnati Enquirer publishing fortune. They had four children: Vinson Walsh McLean, Edward Beale McLean Jr, John Roll McLean II, and Evalyn Washington McLean. Edward McLean eventually died in a mental institution. Her highly promoted trip to the Russian SFSR is mentioned in the Cole Porter song, Anything Goes in the lines "When Mrs Ned McLean / Can get Russian reds to "yes" her, / Then I suppose / Anything goes." Evalyn McLean was also a friend and confidante to Alice Roosevelt Longworth and Florence Harding, the wife of Warren G. Harding, the 29th President of the United States.


  • Thomas Walsh
  • Carrie Bell Reed


  • Edward Beale McLean


  • Edward Beale McLean Jr.
  • Evalyn Washington McLean
  • Vinson Walsh McLean
  • John Roll II
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