A Woman to Know: Mary Landon Baker

Better refusals than divorces, at any rate. — Mary Landon Baker

(image via National Portrait Gallery)


Mary Landon Baker racked up the engagement rings. Before she died in 1961, she rejected 65 marriage proposals — some accounts even report 67.

Mary made headlines throughout the 1920s. Her family's fortune made her a "dollar princess," and one reporter dubbed her dalliance with a Yugoslav diplomat "the greatest excitement since the World War." Most famously, she left her blue-blooded beau Allister McCormick at the altar — four times.

But her "shy bride" reputation outlasted all her romances. As she told a writer decades later: "I did not marry because I did not meet the right man at the right time in the right place."

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