Marino Torlonia, 4th prince of Civitella-Cesi


Marino Torlonia, 4th prince of Civitella-Cesi

Don Marino Torlonia (29 July 1861 - 5 March 1933), the 4th Prince di Civitella-Cesi, duke of Poli and Guadagnolo, was an Italian nobleman.

He was born in Poli, Italy, the sixth son of Prince Don Giulio Torlonia, the 2nd Duke di Poli e di Guadagolo, and his wife, Princess Donna Teresa Chigi della Rovere-Albani.

Torlonia's paternal grandmother was Princess Donna Anna Sforza-Cesarini, a descendant of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan and patron of Leonardo da Vinci. Torlonia's maternal grandmother was Princess Donna Leopoldina Doria-Pamphilli-Landi, the granddaughter of Leopoldina of Savoy, a princess of the royal family of Piedmont and Sardinia, which later became the Royal Family of Italy. The descendant of many popes [Including Pope Paul III, Pope Julius II, and Pope Alexander VI. citeweb|title = Ancestry at Genealogics|url=http://www.genealogics.org/getperson.php?personID=I00165160&tree=LEO] , Torlonia inherited the administration of the Banca Torlonia, which worked the finances of the Vatican and several other investments. He was one of the richest noblemen in Italy around the beginning of the twentieth century, and introduced the first motor car in Rome.

On August 15 1907, Torlonia married Mary Elsie Moore (1889-1941), a Connecticut heiress who was studying in Rome. She was a daughter of the American shipping broker Charles Arthur Moore, a tool manufacturer in Greenwich, Connecticut, and of Mary Kate Campbell. Mary Elsie Moore's brothers were Eugene Maxwell Moore (who married "Titanic" survivor Margaret Graham) and her niece, Bettine Moore, daughter of another brother, Charles Arthur Moore, Jr., married William Taliaferro Close (they are the parents of actress Glenn Close). Charles Arthur Moore, Jr. took a break between St Paul's and Yale by joining Robert Peary's Arctic Expedition in the summer of 1897.

Marino Torlonia and Mary Elsie Moore had four children:
*Princess Donna Olimpia Torlonia di Civitella-Cesi
*Don Alessandro Torlonia, 5th Prince di Civitella-Cesi who married the Infanta Beatriz de Borbón-Battenberg, the daughter of King Alfonso XIII of Spain.
*Princess Donna Cristina Torlonia di Civitella-Cesi
*Princess Donna Marina Torlonia di Civitella-Cesi, who married two Americans: Francis Xavier Shields (by whom she became a grandmother of the actress Brooke Shields) and Edward Slater.

ee also

*House of Torlonia

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