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What happened to Estelle Marsh? Halston's financier's life and death explored

Eve Edwards May 15, 2021
What happened to Estelle Marsh? Halston's financier's life and death explored

What happened to Estelle Marsh, Halston’s financial backer? As the late designer gets the Netflix treatment, we take a look at the real people who inspired the story.

Halston released to Netflix on Friday, 14 May 2021. The show, created by American Horror Story’s Ryan Murphy, focuses on fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick.

With Halston responsible for some of the Sixties and Seventies biggest trends, the series features his celebrity friends and clientele. Think Liza Minnelli, Elsa Peretti and Bianca Jagger.

While the show focuses on many of Halston’s high-profile relationships, we also meet the likes of Estelle Marsh, Halston’s financial backer.

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Who is Estelle Marsh?

Estelle Marsh was from Amarillo, Texas. However, she was born on 25 February 1913 in Oklahoma City.

In a New York Times profile of Estelle from 1986, they spoke of her wealth: “[Her] family is blessed with an abundance of oil, gas, cattle and land.”

Although they did add Estelle Marsh was “hardly the rustic cowgirl”.

She moved to Amarillo after her marriage to Stanley Marsh Jr in 1936. Stanley passed away in 1967. Estelle went on to marry Major General Thomas Watlington in 1969, taking the name Estelle Marsh Watlington. Thomas Watlington passed away in 1990.

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Estelle Marsh: Death

Estelle Marsh died on 15 September 2003 at the age of 90. She passed away in her home town, Amarillo.

She was survived by her three sons, Stanley III, Tom and Michael. Michael is also featured in the Netflix series, as a young boy.

At the time of her death, Estelle had 13 grandchildren: Stan, Kathrine, Elizabeth, William, Tim, Estee, Charles, CC, Sarah, William, Justin, Nicole, and Fariss Jane. She also had three great-grandchildren: CC, Coley and Tom Kellogg.

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Who plays Estelle Marsh in Netflix’s Halston?

  • Karen Mason

Karen Mason takes on the role of Estelle Marsh in Netflix’s Halston.

Mason is a stage actress, broadway performer and screen actress. Her IMDb credits include Law & Order (1998), Ed (2003), and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2003-2008).

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