Jul. 29, 1988 New York New York County (Manhattan) New York, USA
Authoress. Daughter of Clarence Mackay, Chairman of the board of the Postal Telegraph and Cable Corporation and President of the Mackay Radio and Telegraph Company, and the writer Katherine Duer Mackay. Her grandfather, John William Mackay, was a wealthy mining magnate who developed the famous ''Comstock Lode.'' Her aunt, Alice Duer Miller, was also a writer and poet best known for her World War II poem, ''The White Cliffs of Dover.'' A short-story writer, Ellin Mackay had contributed articles to The New Yorker magazine when she met songwriter Irving Berlin. From a devout Roman Catholic family, her January 4, 1926 marriage to an Orthodox Jew went against her family's wishes who disowned her for several years before reconciling. Ellin Berlin authored five novels. The first, titled ''Land I Have Chosen,'' came out in 1944 followed by ''The Silver King'' in 1946, ''Lace Curtain'' in 1948, ''Silver Platter'' in 1957, and in 1970, ''The Best of Families.''