Rupert Murdoch's Mother Dead at 103
Elisabeth Murdoch was a patron of the arts
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2012 10:40 AM CST
In a Oct. 26, 2011 file photo, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch sits in the audience as Queen Elizabeth II visits the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.   (AP Photo/Julian Smith, Pool, File)

(Newser) – Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, mother of media mogul Rupert, has died at her Australia home at age 103, the Australian reports. Murdoch was an 18-year-old debutante when a photo of her in a magazine was spotted by editor Keith Murdoch, 42. The newspaperman and his wife were married 24 years and had four children. Murdoch devoted her life to philanthropy, the arts, and helping others through charity and community work. After she was widowed at age 43, she started working with the Royal Children's Hospital, where she would serve for 33 years, ultimately as its president.

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