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Helen Hope Montgomery Scott
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    (April 8, 1904-January 9, 1995)
    Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Eldest daughter of prominent Montgomery family
    Father was investment banker and Janney Montgomery Scott firm founder, Colonel Robert Leaming Montgomery
    Married investment banker and railroad fortune heir, Edgar Scott, in 1924
    Chairman and Executive Director of the historic Devon Horse Show
    Director of the United States Equestrian Team and the American Horse Show Association
    Noted figure in the international social scene of the 1920s and 30s
    One of her hobbies was fox hunting.
    Vanity Fair called her 'the unofficial queen of Philadelphia's WASP oligarchy.'
    She once seated her dog as a guest at a formal dinner party.
    She allegedly convinced Edward VIII to stand on his head and reveal what was beneath his kilt during a private meeting.
    She claimed that when she sat for a famed portrait for Augustus John the artist tried to seduce her.
    She was a skilled horsewoman who won numerous trophies in the sport over several decades.
    She was self-reliant, regularly doing manual farm labor on her 750-acre estate.
    She was an avowed philanthropist who raised money for the Bryn Mawr Hospital, her favorite charity.
    As a regular fixture in the international society columns, she was once photographed in France doing the Charleston with Josephine Baker.
    She was the inspiration for Tracy Lord in 'The Philadelphia Story,' whom Katharine Hepburn played to great acclaim.
    She is among the three women in history Camille Paglia most admires - the other two being Katharine Hepburn and Amelia Earhart.
    She was considered the epitome of both Main Line high society and aristocratic, free-spirited elegance.
    She remained married to Edgar Scott for over sixty years, until her death. He would outlive her by only four months.

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