|Audrey Stone, Audrey Dimond, Audrey Grace Stone, other woman, Dr Seuss, Theodor Suess Geisel, Ted Geisel, Helen Marion Palmer, suicide, drugs, barbituates, La Jolla, San Diego, California, scandal|
Audrey Grace Florine Stone was born August 14, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois. Her father was Norman Alfred Stone who was born 1887 in Ravenswood, Illinois. He was a travelling salesman selling laboratory supplies. His parents James A Stone, Esther Scott were born in England. Norman first married Margaret Francis Deiner February 17, 1909. Together they had a daughter Marie Catherine Stone born 1914. Margaret then died in 1917 leaving Norman with a three year old child to raise. The child was given to another family member. Norman then married Ruth Benson in 1919 in Indiana. Their child Audrey Stone was born in 1921 in Chicago, Illinois.
By 1930 the family was living in Queens, New York on 42nd Street. Norman was a salesman selling school equipment. His wife Ruth was a nurse. By 1940 Norman was the sales manager of a men's clothing store. Ruth was a nurse at a hospital and Audrey was a clerk. Soon after Audrey moved to Indiana to attend nursing school at Indiana University. She graduated in 1944. Below is her school photo from 1944.
While at the medical school Audrey met her future husband Dr Edmunds Grey Dimond. They were married March 14, 1945 in Marion, Indiana. Below is from a newspaper clipping of the nuptials.
Audrey and Edmunds had two daughters Lark Grey Dimond in 1953 and Lea Grey Dimond. Eventually they moved to San Diego, California where Geisel and his wife Helen Marion Palmer Geisel were also living.
Geisel met Helen Palmer an author while they were both at Oxford University in England. "Helen had a profound influence on his life, starting with her suggestion that he should be an artist rather than an English professor. She later stated, 'Ted's notebooks were always filled with these fabulous animals. So I set to work diverting him; here was a man who could draw such pictures; he should be earning a living doing that.'"
Geisel and Helen married in 1927. Helen could not have children so they had none. Helen supported and helped Geisel's career immensely. Geisel and Helen were neighbors and good friends of Edmunds and Audrey Dimond. Helen eventually became ill over a few years. It was during this time that Geisel had an affair with Audrey. Helen could not stand losing Geisel so she committed suicide on October 23, 1967 by over dosing on barbituates. Her suicide note below.
""Dear Ted, What has happened to us? I don't know. I feel myself in a spiral, going down down down, into a black hole from which there is no escape, no brightness. And loud in my ears from every side I hear, 'failure, failure, failure...' I love you so much ... I am too old and enmeshed in everything you do and are, that I cannot conceive of life without you ... My going will leave quite a rumor but you can say I was overworked and overwrought. Your reputation with your friends and fans will not be harmed ... Sometimes think of the fun we had all thru the years ..."
After Helen's suicide Audrey filed for a quickie divorce from her husband Edmunds in Nevada on August 5, 1968. Geisel and Audrey who was 18 years his junior were married soon after. Audrey then sent her two daughters ages nine and 14 away to school. Audrey stated ''They wouldn't have been happy with Ted, and Ted wouldn't have been happy with them. He's the man who said of children, 'You have 'em and I'll entertain 'em.' ''
Geisel and Audrey lived together for 23 years until Geisel's death in 1991. Currently Audrey busies herself with the business that is Dr. Seuss Enterprises. She also avails herself to philanthropic causes.
Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.
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