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Happy Rockefeller
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    (June 9, 1926-May 19, 2015)
    Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
    Birth name was Margaretta Large Fitler
    Married Dr. James Murphy (1949-63) and Nelson Rockefeller (1963-79)
    She began an affair with Rockefeller while working as his secretary when they were both married to other people.
    Their marriage was so scandalous for the time that it probably cost Rockefeller the Republican nomination for President in 1964.
    She rarely gave interviews and was usually anxious around reporters.
    When Nelson was named Vice-President, she refused to move to Washington.
    She was nicknamed 'Happy' for her sunny disposition as a child.
    Despite her dislike of being in the public eye, she hit the campaign trail alongside her husband.
    Friends described her as having 'an unaffected charm.'
    When two reporters covering Rockefeller's appointment as Veep could not find rooms at the local inn, she let them stay at one of the outbuildings on the family estate at Seal Harbor and offered to make up the beds herself.
    She underwent a double mastectomy (1974).
    She and Betty Ford were two of the first women to publicly discuss their breast cancer and the importance of early detection.

Credit: C. Fishel

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