Although Phelan did not go bankrupt in the Stock Market Crash of 1929, he did gradually run out of money. He served in World War II in the Pacific theater of operations and participated in the battles of Saipan and Okinawa, where he was wounded in action.
In a somber letter written shortly before he divorced her, Phelan asked Big Edie to hide the financial truth from their daughter. He was decorated with two bronze battle stars and a purple heart.
Information on many of the prinicpal players in the Beales’ lives is often few and far between. (aka “Buddy”) was the youngest of the three children of Edith and Phelan Beale.
If you have additional relevant biographical information or photos you would like to contribute, please contact me. Bachrach, Burt In the documentary, Little Edie mistakenly refers to Burt as the photographer that took her photo that hung in the window of the Bachrach Photography Studio on Madison Avenue; her father supposedly smashed the window in anger of seeing his daughter’s photo displayed. He lived in the historic 1906 Italian Renaissance-style home called “Cedarcroft” in Glen Cove, NY.
He was so highly regarded that he was appointed Major Judge Advocate for the Army during World War I.