William S Paley

Executive, Cigar manufacturing executive
Founder of CBS and a driving force in the worlds of radio and television broadcasting for six decades.
Born: 09/28/1901 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

other (1)

CBS News Special: Lucy 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Founder of CBS and a driving force in the worlds of radio and television broadcasting for six decades.

Relationships

Stanley G Mortimer III

Step-Son
mother Babe Paley

Louise Brooks

Companion

Amanda Burden

Step-Daughter
mother Babe Paley

Hilary Califano

Daughter
mother Dorothy Hearst

Dorothy Hearst

Wife
former wife of William Randolph Hearst, Jr. married on May 11, 1932 divorced in 1947

Blanche Levy

Sister
married Leon Levy, owner of WCAU (original radio station which became CBS)

Barbara Mortimer

Wife
aka. Babe Paley second marriage married on July 28, 1947 died in 1978 from prominent Boston family

Samuel Paley

Father
Ukrainian immigrant

Goldie Paley

Mother
Ukrainian immigrant

Kate Paley

Daughter
mother Babe Paley

Jeffrey Paley

Son
mother Dorothy Hearst

William Paley

Son
mother Babe Paley

EDUCATION

Western Military Academy

Alton , Illinois 1918

University of Chicago

Chicago , Illinois 1918 - 1919

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 1922

Milestones

1922

Production director, vice president and secretary, Congress Cigar Co., Philadelphia (company belonged to his family)

Acted as founder, board of directors, Genetics Institute

Founded, served on board of directors, Thinking Machines Corp.

Served during WWII in US Army as colonel, deputy chief of radio psychological warfare division SHAEF, deputy chief information control division USGCC; also on leave to supervise OWI radio in Mediterranean area

Became partner in Whitcom Investment Co.

Moved with family to Philadelphia from Chicago's West Side when he was in college

Served as founder chairman, CBS Inc., New York

President CBS Inc., New York

Founding member, director, Bedford-Stuyvesant D and S Corp.

Resumed position as acting chairman and director, CBS Inc., New York

Became chairman, CBS Inc.

Chairman of the board, CBS Inc.

Appointed co-chairman International Herald Tribune

Bonus Trivia

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Paley first added the meaningless "S" to his name at age twelve. For years, Paley secretly supported actress Louise Brooks after their liaison in the 1930s. Paley began collecting art in the 1930s. Paley was a member of the following clubs: River, Century Association, The Metropolitan (Washington), Turf and Field, National Golf Club, Meadowbrook, Economic (New York), Lyford Cay (Nassau), Bucks (London).

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Trustee of the Museum of Modern Art (1937-90); president (1968-72); chairman of the board (1972-85); chairman emeritus (1985-90)

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Paley is a life trustee for Columbia University (1950-73); trustee emeritus (1973-90)

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He is on the board of directors for the W. Averell Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union at Columbia University.

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Paley is a member of the commission for the White House Conference on Education (1954-56)

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He is chairman for the President's Materials Policy Commission which produced the report "Resources For Freedom" (1951-52); member of the executive commission, Resources for the Future (1952-69); chairman (1966-69); honorary board of directors (1969-90)

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He was honored with the Concert Artist Guild Award (1965)

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Paley was chairman of the NYC Task Force on Urban Design which prepared the report, "The Threatened City" (1967); served on the Urban Design Council city in New York (1968-71)

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Served as president and director of the William S. Paley Foundation; also the Greenpart Foundation, Inc.

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Trustee of the North Shore University Hospital (1949-73); co-chairman board of trustees (1954-73)

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Paley is the founder and chairman of the board for the Museum of Broadcasting (1976-90)

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He is also a member of the commission on Critical Choices of America (1973-77)

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He is the commissioner for Cultural Affairs, NYC (1975-78)

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Paley is a life trustee of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of NY.

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He served for the military service in the US Army during WWII: Legion of Merit, Medal for Merit, officer Legion of Honor France, Croix de Guerre with Palm France, commander Order of Merit Italy, associate commander Order of St. John of Jerusalem.

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Paley is a recipient of the Gold Achievement Medal, Poor Richard Club.

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He is a recipient of the Skowhegan Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Award.

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Paley was a recipient of the Gold Medal Award from the National Planning Association (1979)

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He was a recipient of the David Sarnoff Award from the University of Arizona (1979)

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Recipient of the Gold Medallion from the Society of Family of Man (1982)

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Paley was also a recipient of the Joseph Wharton Award from the Wharton School Club of New York (1983)

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He was a recipient of the Medallion of Honor from the City of New York.

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He was also a recipient of the First Amendment Freedoms Awards from the Anti-Defamation League B'Nai B'rith.

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Inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame (1984)

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He was named to the Junior Achievement National Business Hall of Fame (1984)

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Paley was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations from the France America Society.

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He was also a member of the Academy of Political Science.

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Paley was a member of the National Institute of Social Science.

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He was a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Paley has also received honorary degrees from Bates College (1963), University of Pennsylvania (1968), Columbia University (1975), Brown University (1975), Pratt Institute (1977), Dartmouth College (1979), Ithaca College (LHD in 1978), USC (1985), Rutgers University (1986), Southampton Long Island University (1987)

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