Babe Paley
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Babe Paley
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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Pauley Perrette becomes a real Babe for CBS photo shoot - Zap2it.com
Google News - over 5 years
Barbara "Babe" Paley was a glamorous New York socialite and the wife of William S. Paley, the legendary founder of the Columbia Broadcasting System. The couple's weekday residence was the posh St. Regis Hotel, the site of Perrette's photo session with
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Transformação: as mais incríveis modelos do mundo encarnam ícones da música ... - Jornal do Brasil
Google News - over 5 years
... pelo babadíssimo Steven Meisel e tem nomes como a eterna Linda Evangelista ea top Raquel Zimmermann. Todas com um antes e um depois. O ensaio é um tributo a Marlene Dietrich, Candy Darling, Patti Smith, Judy Garland, Babe Paley, entre outras divas
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An eye for the finer things - Stuff.co.nz
Google News - over 5 years
''You see pictures of Babe Paley playing tennis and she has ropes of pearls and all her bracelets on. I like the contrast of wearing an important piece of jewellery with very casual clothes. If you are at a black-tie party I sometimes think it's
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Editor's Choice: The Gown Queen: Scot Monica's spent five decades creating ... - Scottish Daily Record
Google News - over 5 years
Monica's first clients at Bendel's were American socialite and style icon Barbara "Babe" Paley and her daughter Amanda. She said: "It was hailed as the wedding of the year - what a coup for Bendel's." Other clients included American writer Kurt
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7 degrees to Truman Capote - OUPblog (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... warfare branch –> Paley was a lifetime womanizer, but his last and longest marriage was to Barbara “Babe” Cushing Mortimer –> Babe Paley was a very close friend of Truman Capote, who is quoted as saying of her, “Babe Paley had only one fault
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Champion of Cities - Wall Street Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Among the heavy hitters is Amanda Burden, the daughter of famed socialite Babe Paley and no stranger to events such as these, but now, as director of city planning, Burden is here to toast a public space that she was instrumental in bringing to
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THEATER REVIEW; Live, From Sag Harbor, Darrell Hammond in 'Tru'
NYTimes - over 5 years
The voice, first heard from a pitch-dark stage, sounds feminine and oddly tinny. But when the lights come up at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, the speaker is a man. It's Darrell Hammond, the expert impersonator from ''Saturday Night Live,'' delivering a precise embodiment of Truman Capote in ''Tru,'' Jay Presson Allen's 1989 one-man play
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Live, From Sag Harbor, Darrell Hammond in 'Tru' - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
In it, he betrayed the confidences of his high-society friends, notably Babe Paley and Slim Keith, whom he referred to by names and attributes that were thinly veiled or not veiled at all. He wonders how they can be surprised that an established author
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A Turthful Capote is Revealed at Bay Street - The Sag Harbor Express
Google News - over 5 years
It was a scandalous piece of prose in which Capote skewered the upper echelon by sharing intimate and thinly disguised details of their personal lives — among them his closest friend, Babe Paley, wife of CBS founder William Paley, who shunned him
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Steven Cojocaru, the Newest Maxxinista: "Fierce Is Out, Fresh Is In" - Racked National (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Everybody was, like, "Oh my god, if you're not wearing a caftan like Babe Paley and a turban and if you're not going to the Carlyle for smart cocktails, you're nothing." That was really the message. It was all about snob appeal
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奥斯卡影后&摩纳哥王妃 “女神”是这样炼成的(组图) - 网易
Google News - almost 6 years
她拍了四部戏,是当年收入最高的女演员,她不仅获得了奥斯卡,还荣登最佳着装的榜首,和美国社交名媛Babe Paley分享这一宝座。和那位总是身穿设计大师定制服装的名媛不同,格蕾丝的着装看似十分随意,但却让人印象深刻
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Efemérides de espectáculos del 23 de abril - SDP Noticias
Google News - almost 6 years
Viste y cuenta entre sus amistades con algunas de las mujeres más glamorosas del mundo, como Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Babe Paley, Silvana Mangano y Liza Minnelli. Muere el 26 de marzo de 1990. 1936.- Nace el cantante estadunidense Roy Orbison,
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TALK; It's Curtains
NYTimes - about 6 years
In the 1980s, when he was at the height of his fame and maybe his powers, too, Albert Hadley had the opposite of a public relations problem. Just when you thought the commissions couldn't get any grander, Parish-Hadley Associates, the decorating firm he ran with his partner Sister Parish, was tapped by the Duchess of York, who had fallen in love
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THE REMIX; Charming Billy
NYTimes - over 6 years
Adam Lewis's new book, ''Billy Baldwin: The Great American Decorator'' (Rizzoli), surveys the life and career of the man whose pared-down versions of the slipper chair and brass bookshelves became famous, and whose work continues to influence designers long after his death in 1983. Baldwin, a charming, well-born native of Baltimore who was the
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OP-ED COLUMNIST; Angels in America
NYTimes - over 6 years
TO appreciate how much and how unexpectedly our country can change, look no further than the life and times of Judith Dunnington Peabody, who died on July 25 at 80 in her apartment on Fifth Avenue in New York. The proper names in her biographical sketch suggest a stereotype from a bygone New Yorker cartoon: Miss Hewitt's Classes, the Ethel Walker
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Judith Peabody, 80, Dies; Aided Arts and the Sick
NYTimes - over 6 years
Judith D. Peabody, a doyenne of New York society known equally for her philanthropy and volunteer work, especially on behalf of people with AIDS and their families, died on Sunday in her Fifth Avenue apartment in Manhattan. She was 80. The cause was a series of strokes that had kept her bedridden for the past two years, said her husband, Samuel P.
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CROSSCURRENTS; American Beauty
NYTimes - about 7 years
The lines were clean and clear, the attitude fresh and simple, and the models so rangy and long-limbed that I felt inadequate beside them. This was the 1980s -- the first time I came in touch with pure American sportswear. I had always known from afar that Halston dressed upscale New York women in clothes so unadorned they were hypermodernist
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Kenneth Paul Block, Whose Illustrations Captured Fashion's Elegance, Dies at 84
NYTimes - almost 8 years
Kenneth Paul Block, a renowned fashion illustrator whose graceful strokes captured the elegance of gloved, gowned and form-fit-suited women of the 1950s and then the more daring, fluid look of later decades, died April 23 in Manhattan. He was 84. The cause was complications of a fall at his home in Manhattan, said Morton Ribyat, Mr. Block's
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Babe Paley
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1978
    Age 62
    Paley finally succumbed to lung cancer on July 6, 1978, the day after her 63rd birthday.
    More Details Hide Details She was interred in the Memorial Cemetery of St. John's Church, Cold Spring Harbor, New York. On his death in 1990, Bill Paley was interred next to her. Long after her death, Babe Paley remains an icon in the world of fashion and style. "Babe Paley had only one fault," commented her one-time friend Truman Capote. "She was perfect. Otherwise, she was perfect." Many fashion designers and interior decorators continue to reference Babe Paley's style in their own creations. Paley and her "swans", much like Jacqueline Kennedy during the 1960s, exemplified a young, attractive, and affluent class that many Americans aspired to join. Babe Paley was portrayed in the films Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story (1998) by Joan Severance, Capote (2005) by Michelle Harrison and in Infamous (2006) by Sigourney Weaver.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1974
    Age 58
    A heavy smoker, Paley was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1974.
    More Details Hide Details She planned her own funeral, right down to the food and wine selections that would be served at the funeral luncheon. She carefully allocated her jewelry collection and personal belongings to friends and family, wrapped them in colorful paper, and created a complete file system with directions as to how they would be distributed after her death.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1947
    Age 31
    Barbara "Babe" Cushing Mortimer and William S. Paley married in 1947 and the couple had two additional children, Kate and Bill Jr.
    More Details Hide Details By many biographers' accounts, Paley was lonely and frustrated as William Paley carried on a chain of extramarital affairs. This psychological battering took its toll on her and her family. She was constantly under the scrutiny of society and the media, who pressed her to maintain the unrealistic image of a social and fashion goddess. These external pressures, as well as a two-pack-a-day cigarette habit, finally affected her health.
    Upon her second marriage in 1947, Paley left her job at Vogue.
    More Details Hide Details Paley set about to cultivate and create a picture-perfect social world. The couple took an elegant apartment at the St. Regis and hired noted interior designer Billy Baldwin to decorate. She and Paley lived there during the week, while weekends were spent at Kiluna Farm, on in Manhasset, Long Island, where a succession of landscape architects and garden designers beautified the grounds. The more distant retreat, Kiluna North, on Squam Lake in New Hampshire, was purchased in 1957; there they entertained celebrities who welcomed the privacy; Though the antisemitic prejudices of society excluded the Paleys from a number of important social functions and exclusive clubs, the Palets nevertheless kept a circle of high-society friends that included author Truman Capote and fellow socialite/style icon Slim Keith. Capote included Paley and Keith in his group of "swans" (glamorous New York socialite women) along with Gloria Guinness, Marella Agnelli, and C.Z. Guest. Paley famously dropped Capote as a friend when excerpts of his much-touted work in progress, Answered Prayers, revealed the gossipy confidences of many of New York's elite.
  • 1946
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Paley was phenomenally wealthy, with an interest in the arts and a desire to be a part of New York's café society. With Babe's social connections, beauty, and style, Paley stood a greater chance of being granted entrée into a society which, until that time, had effectively shut him out. For Babe, Paley offered wealth, security, and worldliness.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1945
    Age 29
    She was also named to the best-dressed list in 1945 and 1946.
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  • 1941
    Age 25
    In 1941, Time magazine voted her the world's second best dressed woman after Wallis Simpson and before Aimée de Heeren.
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  • 1940
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Several retrospectives have claimed that Babe neglected her children while in pursuit of social status and depended upon the wealth of her husbands to support her lavish lifestyle. Her daughter Amanda has admitted that their relationship was "virtually nonexistent" and that the distance "was her choice, not mine".
  • 1938
    Age 22
    In 1938, Paley began working as a fashion editor for Vogue in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details Her position at Vogue gave her access to designer clothes, often given in exchange for Babe's high profile and glamorous image.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1934
    Age 18
    She graduated from Winsor School in Boston in 1934.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her debut drew great attention during the Great Depression, and marked the beginning of her social career.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1915
    Born
    Born on July 5, 1915.
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