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Frank Lloyd Wright and Miriam Noel Marriage Profile

An Unstable Relationship

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In the midst of his grief over the tragic death of Mamah Cheney, Frank Lloyd Wright quickly became involved with Miriam Noel. Their marriage did not last long.

Born:

Frank Lloyd Wright: June 8, 1867 in Richland Center, Wisconsin. His birth name as Frank Lincoln Wright. He changed his name after his parents divorced.

Maude Miriam Noel: May 9, 1869.

Died:

Frank: April 9, 1959 in Phoenix, Arizona (Taliesin West) at the age of 92. Frank never retired.

Miriam: January 3, 1930. Miriam was quickly buried in Milwaukee's Forest Home cemetery.

How Frank and Miriam Met:

Miriam sent a letter of condolence to Frank after the Taliesin tragedy. Their relationship with one another grew quickly. In spite of no divorce from Kitty, they lived with one another and traveled to Tokyo, Japan in 1916.

Wedding Date:

Miriam and Frank were married on November 19, 1923 in Spring Green, Wisconsin. A friend and attorney, Judge James Hill, presided over their midnight wedding ceremony held in the middle of a bridge that crosses the Wisconsin River upstream from Taliesin.

Previous Marriages:

Miriam's first marriage was to Emil Noel, a Tennessee aristocrat. They divorced c.1914.

Frank and Kitty Tobin were married on June 1, 1899. They didn't divorce until November 13, 1922.

Divorce:

Miriam charged Frank with desertion and cruelty. They quarreled a great deal. She was addicted to morphine which led to the failure of their marriage.

Miriam's three-year legal battles with Frank were both emotionally and financially costly for Frank. She and Frank were separated in March, 1924 and divorced in on August 26, 1927.

They finally agreed to divorce terms of Miriam receiving $6,000 cash, a $30,000 trust fund, and $250 per month for life.

Children:

Miriam had three children with her first husband, Emil.
  • Norma Noel.
  • Thomas Noel.
  • Corinne Noel.

Occupations and Interests:

Frank: Notable architect and designer. Frank loved to entertain.

Miriam: Sculptress.

Quotes:

Frank to Miriam: "I think there is nothing you can say to me to change what has already taken place. I have nothing to say. Whatever there was in me for you is absolutely dead -- even anger."
Source: The 50 Greatest Love Letters of All Time by David Lowenherz, page 172.

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