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Betty Smith

Betty SmithAKA Sophina Elisabeth Wehner

Born: 15-Dec-1896
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Died: 17-Jan-1972
Location of death: Shelton, CT
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Remains: Buried, Legion Street Cemetery, Chapel Hill, NC

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Novelist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Father: John Wehner (b. 1874, d. 21-Dec-1915)
Mother: Katie Hummel Wehner (b. 1877)
Brother: William
Sister: Regina
Sister: Maggie (b. 1901, d. 1902)
Father: Michael Keogh (stepfather)
Husband: George H.E. Smith (m. 6-Jun-1919, div. 1938, d. 14-Dec-1962, heart attack)
Daughter: Nancy (b. 11-Nov-1922)
Daughter: Mary
Husband: Joe Jones (m. 7-Aug-1943, div. 1951)
Boyfriend: Alan (1949-50)
Husband: Robert Finch (m. 1957, d. Feb-1959, heart attack)

    High School: Girl's High School
    University: University of Michigan
    University: Yale University
    Teacher: New Haven College (1933)

    Nervous Breakdown 1948
    German Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Insomnia, Smoking

Author of books:
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943, novel)
Tomorrow Will Be Better (1947, novel)
Maggie-Now (1958, novel)
Joy in the Morning (1963, novel)



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