Babe Paley

Born Jul 5, 1915

Barbara "Babe" Cushing Mortimer Paley was an American socialite and style icon. She was known by the popular nickname "Babe" for most of her life. She was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1958.

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1915 Birth Born on July 5, 1915.


1934 19 Years Old 1 More Event
A student at the Westover School in Middlebury, Connecticut, she was presented as a debutante in October 1934 in Boston, with Roosevelt's sons in attendance. … Read More


1938 23 Years Old In 1938, Paley began working as a fashion editor for Vogue in New York City. … Read More
1940 25 Years Old While working at Vogue, she met and married oil heir Stanley Grafton Mortimer, Jr., in 1940. Though her mother preferred that she marry a powerful man with a title, she generally approved of the union. She and Mortimer had two children: Amanda Jay Mortimer (later Burden) and Stanley Grafton Mortimer III. Their marriage ended by 1946. … Read More
1941 26 Years Old In 1941, Time magazine voted her the world's second best dressed woman after Wallis Simpson and before Aimée de Heeren.


1945 30 Years Old She was also named to the best-dressed list in 1945 and 1946.
1946 31 Years Old After her divorce from Mortimer, she received a settlement based on a trust fund. She then set out to make a second high-profile marriage. In 1946, she met William S. Paley. … Read More
1947 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Upon her second marriage in 1947, Paley left her job at Vogue. … Read More


1974 59 Years Old A heavy smoker, Paley was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1974. … Read More


1978 63 Years Old 1 More Event
Paley finally succumbed to lung cancer on July 6, 1978, the day after her 63rd birthday. … Read More
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