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Thursday, 2 May 2013

Found: The Remington Typewriter Heiress Alive and Well

Throughout the long hours and days I put in last November to bring together the incredible story of Remington typewriter heiress Gamble Benedict, I constantly hoped for two things: first, that I would find Gamble was still alive and well; second, that someone close to her would stumble across my blog post and contact me to confirm this.
Those wishes came true this week when George Michael GallagherGamble's son by her first husband, Romanian-born chauffeur Andrei Porumbeanu, contacted me through this blog to say, "Thanks for doing this post. It is fun to read about my mother's past." Gamble, 72, now lives in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Goodness, won't it be fabulous to meet her and talk to her about her fascinating life?
Gamble and her brother Doug were the main beneficiaries of the fortune amassed by Remington typewriter pioneer Henry Harper Benedict. After her headline-grabbing three-year marriage to Porumbeanu ended in 1963, Gamble married New York cop Thomas F.Gallagher.
Henry Benedict was president of Wyckoff, Seamans & Benedict from 1895 and president of the Remington Typewriter Company from 1902 to 1913. Until his death in 1935, he remained the largest stockholder in Remington.
His grand-daughter, Gamble Benedict Sharpe, was born in New York on January 15, 1941. Porumbeanu (born January 27, 1925) meet her in May 1959.  In the early hours of December 27, 1959, Gambi escaped her "gilded cage" in Manhattan and on New Year’s Eve she and Porumbeanu boarded a Norwegian freighter headed for Antwerp. In Paris on January 22, 1960, Gambi was taken into police custody and the next day faced a juvenile court and was flown back to the US.
Yet again Gambi managed to elude her minders and she and Porumbeanu were married in Hendersonville, North Carolina, on April 6, 1960. On April 2, 1961, Gambi gave birth to George Michael in Montclair, New Jersey. But on October 7, 1964,  Gambi was granted an annulment. Gambi and Gallagher  were married on July 1, 1965. Porumbeanu died in New York in 1988.
CORRECTION: George Gallagher pointed out that Cortney (correct spelling) Gallagher is his sister. I had been led to believe Gamble had given birth to four sons, two by Porumbeanu and two by Gallagher.

15 comments:

Ted said...

Living history - you writes it! (:

Steve Snow said...

So glad the hard work paid off, congrats on this fantastic find

Richard P said...

Neat! Hello, Gamble (if you read this), I hope the rest of your life so far has been successful and happy!

Carrie50 said...

Hello, George and Gamble. I knew you in Utica, New York 40 (?!) years ago. It's Carrie. Bye. I'll have to check out George's blog.

Robert Messenger said...

Hi Carrie. If you contact me via email I may be able to help you. Robert M

Cortney Evans said...

My grandma is very much alive and is doing very well. Im her granddaughter noelle benedict she lives in hershey pa with her new husband (my stepgrandpa) sam :)

Robert Messenger said...

Hi Noelle. Great to hear from you and to get updates on Gamble. I have been in touch with George and also Greg now, and hope to be in contact with your grandma soon. Is Cortney your mother?

April Morrison said...

I enjoyed reading about Gamble and delighted to hear she's well and still in PA. I grew up on the outskirts of Hershey and knew Gamble & Cortney when we were members of the Hershey Figure Skating Club. Two beautiful and kind ladies. I had the pleasure of meeting some of her family as well. I live in Arizona, but would definitely love to see them on a return trip back home to PA. Kind regards to both Gamble & Cortney.

Joni Hannah said...

Hi,

I am a niece of Gamble B and Tom Gallagher. I just learned that Gamble's daughter, Cortney passed away last night. I am trying to find out if Gamble is still alive. I know she was as of 2013 but can you tell me if she is still living?

Joni H.

Joni Hannah said...

Hi,

I am a niece of Gamble B and Tom G. I just learned that Their daughter, Cortney, died last night. Very sad and I am trying to find out if Gamble is still alive. I know she was as of 2013.

Joni H

Joni Hannah said...

HI,

I am the niece of Gamble B and Tom Gallagher. I just learned that Cortney, Gamble's daughter, died last night. It is very sad and I am trying to find out if Gamble is still alive- I see she was as of 2013.

Thanks

Joni H

Robert Messenger said...

Joni Hannah, I'm afraid I don't think I can help much, from memory the only communications I have had with the family is through comments to this post. I will check to see if I have any email addresses, but doubt it.

Robert Messenger said...

Joni Hannah, you will need to email me for me to be able to help. I hope you have read the comments above.

Robert Messenger said...

Cortney Gallagher Evans last listed in Hershey, PA (husband Dakin Evans?)

Robert Messenger said...

I have a contact number and address for Gamble Keiffer.