by Deanna Pietrzak on 05/22/18
Senator Robert Reynolds served in the U.S. Senate from 1932-1945. While he was in Washington, Senator Reynolds became acquainted with Evalyn Walsh McLean, owner of the 45 carat Hope Diamond, and he eventually married her daughter, Evie.
The year following her purchase of the Hope Diamond in 1911, Evalyn Walsh McLean's mother-in-law died of pneumonia. A few years after that, Evalyn's little boy was hit and killed by an automobile. Not long after, Evalyn and her husband separated, he later dying in a mental institution from an alcohol-related affliction. Just five years after her husband died, Evalyn's only daughter and wife of Senator Robert Reynolds, Evie, died of an accidental overdose of sleeping pills at the age of 24. The following year, in 1947, Evalyn herself died at age of 60. Robert and Evie's daughter, Mamie, was the heir to the Hope Diamond. She sold it in 1949 to jeweler Harry Winston (YOU BET SHE DID!!!) who donated it to the Smithsonian Museum, where it is still on permanent display.
Are all of the tragedies experienced by Evalyn Walsh McLean a result of the curse of the Hope Diamond? You decide. Muahahah!!!
The Senator Robert Reynold's family home, Reynolds Mansion, is located in Asheville, North Carolina. It opened as a Bed and Breakfast in 2010.