She’s secretly married to Aidan Turner, but Caitlin’s family members have more twists and turns than his show!
Since 2016, when Ross Poldark engaged in topless scything in episode three of BBC One’s tale of feuding Cornish folk, the actor who played him, Aidan Turner, has had feverish speculation about his love life.
Those perfect chest muscles. Those rippling biceps. That masculine dress made of chest hair. Not to mention a six pack that Brad Pitt would envy in his prime.
What superwoman would persuade this one to put a ring on her finger?
Well, now we know. She is a slim blonde American actress named Caitlin FitzGerald. Last week, it emerged that Caitlin and the Irish heartthrob, both 37, secretly tied the knot in Italy.
A few days after the ceremony, the newlyweds were pictured at a romantic dinner in Rome.
Aidan Turner’s new wife is American actress Caitlin FitzGerald whose family is steeped in scandals, politics and intrigue
Due to Covid restrictions, only the groom’s parents were in attendance, which begs the question: Who exactly is this beauty?
The answer, it turns out, is a really interesting creature. FitzGerald’s grandfather is the late Des FitzGerald, a deputy director of the CIA who spent years trying to kill Fidel Castro with everything from a poisoned pen to a diving suit contaminated with poisonous fungi.
Des grandfather’s first wife, Marietta Peabody, was a bed-hopping beauty who had affairs with director John Huston and US presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson before leaving her husband to marry a British Member of Parliament, who lent his stately home to Winston Churchill during the Second World War. .
Des’s second wife, Barbara Green, would become Caitlin’s grandmother. Barbara was a British actress who appeared in Blind Man’s Bluff along with James Mason in 1936 before becoming a Red Cross nurse during the war.
But while Caitlin’s family is steeped in scandals, politics, and intrigue, Turner is a more salty proposition.
Raised in a residential area in Dublin, his father Pat is an electrician and his mother Eileen an accountant who once kept the books at the local carpet shop.
Money was so tight growing up that he had to give up his first love, ballroom dancing, because his parents couldn’t afford to travel to competitions.
Such a cutback is completely foreign to the FitzGeralds.
Caitlin’s father Des made millions from smoked fish. Her mother Pam Allen – who parted ways with Des when Caitlin was a child – is a knitwear designer and journalist.
The key figure in the family, however, is Des Sr, Caitlin’s grandfather. In 1962, Des Sr was appointed head of the Cuban Task Force, the body accused by President John Kennedy of the assassination of Fidel Castro.
The US-backed invasion of Cuba had ended in Bay of Pigs humiliation a year earlier, and the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the brink of nuclear war in 1962.
‘Dizzy Fitz’, as Des was known, had a fertile imagination – when it came to taking out dictators. As head of the Far East branch of the CIA, he hatched a plan to ‘immobilize’ the communist supporter, President Sukarno of Indonesia, by infecting him with venereal disease through a flight attendant.
Retired Colonel W. Thomas Smith, author of the Encyclopedia Of The Central Intelligence Agency, said of him: “He had the grace and manners of a courtier and the imagination of a Renaissance soldier. If FitzGerald was older than 57, he might have risen to the Agency’s highest post. ‘
On his Castro mission, Fitzgerald answered a commission called SGA chaired by the president’s brother, Robert Kennedy, who was not an easy boss.
And so Dizzy’s plots became increasingly bizarre.
A few days after the ceremony, the newlyweds were pictured at a romantic dinner in Rome
That said, the bar was set high before FitzGerald took over. One of the plans was to give cigars to the dictator Cohiba, sprinkled with the deadly botulinum toxin.
Under FitzGerald, however, the zaniness of the plots was increased. A brainwave involved giving Castro, an avid diver, a wetsuit impregnated with toxic fungal spores and breathing equipment infected with tuberculosis.
This ensemble was to be provided by a lawyer negotiating the return of Bay of Pigs prisoners, but after it was concluded that America would be blamed, the plan was dropped.
Dizzy’s best hour involved Rolando Cubela, a Cuban army officer and one-time comrade of Castro who had turned against him.
FitzGerald met Cubela in Paris on November 22, 1963 to hand over a hollowed-out ballpoint pen with a syringe so fine that Castro would feel next to nothing, as he delivered a fatal dose of ‘Black Leaf 40’, a nicotine-based insecticide. But November 22 was the day President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
Kennedy’s successor Lyndon Johnson didn’t share JFK’s hunger for Cold War dirty tricks, and the plots were abandoned.
FitzGerald complained that the US had missed the opportunity to acquire Castro. “If Kennedy had lived,” he grumbled in 1964, “we would have lost Castro by Christmas.”
His marriage to Peabody was long over by then.
The boisterous Harvard-trained Wall Street attorney was married to this leggy blonde intellectual in September 1939, and they had a daughter, Frances.
Caitlin FitzGerald’s grandfather is Des FitzGerald, a deputy director of the CIA who spent years trying to kill Fidel Castro (pictured)
By the end of the war, she was deeply in love with John Huston when she rode high on the back of The Maltese Falcon’s success and wanted out of her marriage.
During her divorce, Marietta met Anglo-American politician Ronald Tree. The grandson of shopping magnate Marshall Field – who left $ 3.5 billion in cash today when he died in 1906 – owned Ditchley Park, a country house in Oxfordshire.
Ronald and Marietta were married in 1947, but their union was unsuccessful. She found country life boring and left for New York in 1949, where her husband later joined her. In the Big Apple, she had a 13-year affair with the presidential hopeful Adlai Stevenson.
Fortunately, Ronald didn’t mind, as he was bisexual and their marriage had turned amicable estrangement. They would go on vacation together in Barbados, where Ronald founded the Sandy Lane resort.
Meanwhile, Desmond married Barbara (who died in 1973, six years after him). They had two children: daughter Joan and Desmond Jr, Caitlin’s father. Des Jr has not picked up the family bug for international affairs. After studying biology at Harvard, he moved to Lincolnville, Maine, and made a fortune farming fish.
His daughter showed a passion for acting from an early age and attended the prestigious Tisch School Of The Arts in New York before crossing the Atlantic to hone her skills at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
While playing Meryl Streep’s daughter in the 2009 film It’s Complicated, her breakthrough came when she landed the role of sex researcher William Masters’s wife in the TV drama series Masters Of Sex.
She was romantically linked to movie husband Michael Sheen after they were seen at a concert in 2018, but it seems they’ve only been friends. At the time, Sheen was with his now ex Aisling Bea and Caitlin was with Turner.
She rarely talks about her family, but said to an interviewer, ‘My grandfather died when my father was 15. He was deputy director of the CIA at the time, so my dad’s memories are from life in [Washington] DC.
“I don’t know much about family history. But I do know that my grandfather’s prized heirloom is a backgammon set. We are all backgammon players. ‘
How appropriate that the FitzGeralds would be fans of a high-stakes game – and what a fascinating clan for Poldark star Aidan to join.