1893? b. March 3rd. in San Francisco, the daughter of wealthy socialites. Painter and Actor; Potter.
1909 Went to Paris. Studied acting at the Comedie-Francaise, appearing once with Sarah Bernhardt ->, and art at the prestigious Academie Julian. Involved with Dada. 1916 Wood returned to the United States. She continued acting with a French Repertory Company in New York City, performing over sixty roles in two years. Befriended Marcel Duchamp who introduced her to her first great love Henri-Pierre Roche, a man fourteen years her senior. 1917 She worked with Duchamp and Roche in the to create The Blind Man a Magazine that was one of the earliest manifestations of the Dada art movement in New York City. Though she was involved with Roche, the two would often spend time with Duchamp, creating almost a Menage a Trois. 1917 Un peu d'eau dans du savon. Biographies of Wood traditionally link Roche's novel (and the consequent film) Jules et Jim ->, with the relationship between Duchamp, Wood, and himself. Other sources link their triangle to Roche's unfinished novel, Victor, and Jules et Jim with the triangle between Roche, Franz Hessel, and Helen Hessel. Beatrice Wood commented on this topic in her 1985? autobiography, I Shock Myself: Roche lived in Paris with his wife Denise, and had by now written Jules et Jim ... Because the story concerns two young men who are close friends and a woman who loves them both, people have wondered how much was based on Roche, Marcel, and me. I cannot say what memories or episodes inspired Roche, but the characters bear only passing resemblance to those of us in real life! Wood was next introduced to the art patrons, Louise and Walter Arensberg (who would become her lifelong friends). They held regular gatherings in which artists, writers, and poets were invited for intellectual discussion. Besides herself, Duchamp, and Roche, the group included Man Ray and Francis Picabia. Beatrice Wood's relationship with them and others associated with the avant-garde movement of the early 20th century, earned her the designation Mama of Dada. 1928 Moved to Los Angeles. 1930 Travelled to Europe. 1948 Moved to Ojai, California to be near the Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti ->. She became a lifelong member of the Theosophical Society of Adyar, She also taught and lived at the Happy Valley School, which is now known as Besant Hill School. 1985? Autobiography - I Shock Myself ->. 1997? Served as a partial inspiration for the character of Rose DeWitt Bukater in James Cameron's Titanic. When asked the secret to her incredible longevity, she would respond, I owe it all to chocolate and young men. 1998? d. March 12th. Ojai, California. See Bio -> and wiki -> and Daughters of Dada ->. See Timeline