Marjorie Moehlenkamp Finlay
Early Life And Education
Marjorie married Robert Finlay, president of Raymond Construction Company, on March 22, 1952, in Palm Beach, Florida. After their marriage they moved to Havana, Cuba, where his office was located before relocating to Puerto Rico due to political unrest. They moved to Caracas before returning to Santurce with their children. In Puerto Rico, Marjorie had her own television program and performed in concerts, operas, and supper clubs, including a two-week stint at the Caribe Hilton Hotel.
Marjorie was the mistress of ceremonies for El Show Pan-Americano on APA-TV in Santurce. She was active in the Pro Arte Societies, a civic music organization. Her Spanish was reportedly “bad” enough to be funny to her audiences. Her television show ran six nights a week for 17 months. In 1962, Marjorie performed at a Kiel Auditorium Pop Concert. Her performance included “Fanciulla Sbocciato d l’amore” from La rondine and “Jewel song” in addition to pop songs.
Marjorie was the maternal grandmother of Taylor and her brother Austin. She and her husband lived with Taylor and her family until her death on June 1, 2003 in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Marjorie’s occupation as an opera singer gave Taylor inspiration to pursue music as her passion, and to make it into a career, following in the footsteps of her grandmother. In 2020, she released the song “marjorie” from her ninth studio album, evermore; Taylor credited her grandmother with backing vocals which were sampled in the track. The lyric video shows footage of Marjorie in home movies and pictures.
|Born||October 5, 1928|
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
|Died||June 1, 2003|
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
|Alma mater||Lindenwood College|
|Spouse||Robert Finlay (m. 1952)|