Hope Montgomery Scott,90, whose socialite lifestyle was...


January 11, 1995

Hope Montgomery Scott,90, whose socialite lifestyle was the model for the 1940 movie "The Philadelphia Story," died Monday from head injuries after falling at her estate in Radnor Township, Pa.

Mrs. Scott was equally accomplished as a horsewoman and as a socialite. She took delight in recounting four marriage proposals on the night of her social debut in 1922. Her father was financier Col. Robert Montgomery, and she married Edgar Scott, heir to the Pennsylvania Railroad fortune.

Tracy Lord, the high-spirited debutante portrayed by Katharine Hepburn in the movie, was the creation of Philip Barry, who had been a Harvard classmate of Edgar Scott.

The play was produced in 1939 and made into a movie a year later, also starring Cary Grant and James Stewart. It was remade as "High Society" with Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby in 1956.

John Bloomer, 64, president pro tem of the Vermont Senate, was killed in an auto accident yesterday in Montpelier. A Republican lawyer from Rutland County, he had served in the Senate since 1985 and was elected president pro tem in 1993, following in the footsteps of his father and brother.

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