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William S. Paley

William S. PaleyAKA William Paley

Born: 28-Sep-1901
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Died: 26-Oct-1990
Location of death: Manhattan, NY
Cause of death: Kidney failure
Remains: Buried, St. John's Church, Oyster Bay, NY

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Chairman of CBS, 1946-83

Military service: US Army (WWII, Colonel, Psychological Warfare Division)

The "S" in his middle name does not stand for anything, and in particular does not stand for "Samuel" as some have claimed. Paley was not born with a middle name or initial.

Father: Samuel Paley (owned cigar company)
Mother: Goldie Drell
Wife: Dorothy Hart Hearst (m. 11-May-1932, div. 23-Jul-1947, one son, one daughter)
Son: Jeffrey
Daughter: Hilary
Wife: Barbara Cushing Mortimer (m. 28-Jul-1947, d. 5-Jul-1978, one son, one daughter)
Son: William C. Paley
Daughter: Kate C. Paley
Girlfriend: Louise Brooks

    High School: Western Military Academy, Alton, IL (1918)
    University: BS, University of Pennsylvania (1922)

    CBS
    Council on Foreign Relations
    Dutch Treat Club 1933
    Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame
    Radio Hall of Fame 1988
    Peabody 1961
    Peabody 1958
    Legion of Merit 1946
    Croix de Guerre 1946
    Museum of Television and Radio Founder (1975)
    Cholecystectomy New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center (11-Feb-1988)

Author of books:
As It Happened, A Memoir (1979)


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