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Frank Lloyd Wright

Biography

Innovative architect, interior designer, article writer, and educator who wanted to blend structures with the encompassing environment across his 1,000-in addition structures. He completed 532 functions and was among the market leaders from the Prairie College architectural motion. He pioneered metropolitan planning in america through the Usonian house. He went to the College or university of Wisconsin-Madison, although he remaining before finding a level. He shifted to Chicago pursuing his period at college, that was still reeling from the fantastic Chicago Open fire of 1871 and required developers. He visited are a draftsman for the architectural company from the famed Joseph Lyman Silsbee. His most well-known function, Fallingwater from 1935, was known as “the very best all-time function of American structures” and was a good example of his perception in organic structures; it had been at onetime, however, at risk of falling in to the drinking water beneath it. He was created to parents William Carey Wright and Anna Lloyd Jones in Richland Middle, Wisconsin. He was wedded three times, 1st to Catherine Wright, after that to Miriam Wright, after that finally to Olgivanna Wright. Paul Simon had written the music “SUCH A LONG TIME, Frank Lloyd Wright” after him.

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Full Name Frank Lloyd Wright
Date Of Birth June 8, 1867
Died April 9, 1959, Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Place Of Birth Richland Center, WI
Height 1.7 m
Profession Architect
Education University of Wisconsin-Madison
Nationality American
Spouse Olgivanna Lloyd Wright, Maude "Miriam" Wright, Catherine "Kitty" Wright
Children Lloyd Wright, John Lloyd Wright, Iovanna Wright, Catherine Baxter, Catherine Wright, Frances Wright, David Wright, Svetlana Milanoff
Parents Anna Lloyd Jones, William Russell Cary Wright
Siblings Maginel Wright Enright, Charles Wright, George Wright, Mary Jane Wright Porter
Awards Royal Gold Medal, AIA Gold Medal, Twenty-five Year Award
Star Sign Gemini

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#Fact
1He was a staunch conservative Republican.
2Wright once designed a building--Mile-High Illinois--which would have been 528 stories, and a total of 5,816 feet tall. Although feasible from an engineering standpoint, building promoters, maintenance crews, and firemen said it would present insoluble problems.
3Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel dedicated a song to him in their 1970 album "Bridge Over Troubled Water": "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright".
4His step-daughter Svetlana and her husband died in 1946 when their jeep ran off a bridge. Their 4-year-old son survived and Wright and his wife raised him after that.
5He began dating his second wife in 1915. She was addicted to morphine and was plagued with a mental illness that was never diagnosed.
6After he separated from his first wife, he began seeing Mamah Borthwick Cheney, who was separated by her husband. He dated her until she and her two children were murdered with a hatchet by one of her servants. Wright's son John says he was never the same after this.
71 step-daughter, from Olga, Svetlana.
8His second wife left him in 1924, although they did not divorce until 1927. While they were separated, his daughter Iovanna was born to Olga, the woman who would become his third and final wife.
9Member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity
10Great grandfather of actress Katrina Hodiak.
11Grandfather of actress Anne Baxter.
12Pictured on the 2¢ US postage stamp in the Prominent Americans series, issued 8 June 1966.
13Father of seven children: Lloyd Wright (b. 1890), John (b. 1892), Catherine (b. 1894), David (b. 1895), Frances (b. 1898), Llewellyn (b. 1903) and Iovanna (b. 1925).
14Left his family in 1909, but wife Catherine Tobin did not grant him a divorce until early 1920s.


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Five1951cliff house designer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Mike Wallace Interview1957TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1956TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
The Faye Emerson Show1950TV SeriesHimself
Popular Science1942/IDocumentary shortHimself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life1997DocumentaryHimself - Architect at Desert Home (uncredited)
America's Castles1996TV Series documentaryHimself
The House on the Waterfall1989DocumentaryHimself - Architect
The Twentieth Century1962TV Series documentaryHimself

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#Quote
1Freedom is from within.
2An expert is a man who has stopped thinking - he knows!
3The truth is more important than the facts.
4There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.
5The heart is the chief feature of a functioning mind.
6The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.
7An idea is salvation by imagination.
8Life always rides in strength to victory, not through internationalism . . . but only through the direct responsibility of the individual.
9Television is bubble-gum for the mind.
10I wouldn't mind seeing opera die. Ever since I was a boy, I regarded opera as a ponderous anarchronism, almost the equivalent of smoking.
11I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
12If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger.
13Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change.
14Don't eat it. It will kill you before your time. Avoid it.
15Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain.
16The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.
17I feel coming on a strange disease -- humility.
18God is the great mysterious motivator of what we call nature, and it has been said often by philosophers, that nature is the will of God. And, I prefer to say that nature is the only body of God that we shall ever see. If we wish to know the truth concerning anything, we'll find it in the nature of that thing.
19Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.


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