Babe Paley

Born Jul 5, 1915
Hometown Boston, Massachus...
Died Jul 6, 1978
Death Place Manhattan, New York
Other Names Cushing, Barbara;...

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


1940 25 Years Old Paley worked as a fashion editor for Vogue in New York City when she met and married oil heir Stanley Grafton Mortimer, Jr. in 1940. … Read More
1941 26 Years Old In 1941 Time Magazine elected Mrs Stanley Mortimer Jr to be the World's second best dressed woman after Wallis Simpson and before Aimée de Heeren. … Read More


1946 31 Years Old 1 More Event
She became the mother of two children: Amanda Jay Mortimer (later Burden) and Stanley Grafton Mortimer III, but her marriage to Mortimer, Jr. ended by 1946. … Read More
1947 32 Years Old Barbara "Babe" Cushing Mortimer and William S. Paley married in 1947 and the couple had two additional children, Kate and Bill, Jr. … Read More


1958 43 Years Old In addition to lavish entertaining, Babe maintained her position on the best-dressed list fourteen times before being inducted into the Fashion Hall of Fame in 1958. … Read More


1974 59 Years Old Babe was a heavy smoker and, in 1974, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. … Read More


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