C. Z. Guest

Socialite + Author
Born Feb 19, 1920

Lucy Douglas Cochrane, known as C. Z. Guest, was an American stage actress, author, columnist, horsewoman, fashion designer, and socialite who achieved a degree of fame as a fashion icon. She was frequently seen wearing elegant designs by famous designers like Mainbocher. Her unfussy, clean-cut style was seen as typically American. She was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1959.… Read More

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1920 Birth She was born on February 19, 1920 in Boston, Massachusetts to Alexander Lynde Cochrane, an investment banker.


1944 24 Years Old Her brother called her "Sissy" and she transformed that into "C.Z." She dabbled in acting, including an appearance in the Ziegfeld Follies in 1944.
1947 27 Years Old On March 8, 1947, she married Winston Frederick Churchill Guest, the son of Frederick Guest, who was a son of Ivor Bertie Guest, 1st Baron Wimborne and Lady Cornelia Henrietta Maria Spencer-Churchill (daughter of John Spencer-Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough) through his mother he was a first cousin of Sir Winston Churchill, also he was a national polo champion, member of the Guest family. … Read More


1962 42 Years Old The couple had two children, Alexander Guest and Cornelia Guest. C. Z Guest was pictured on the cover of the July 20, 1962 issue of TIME magazine as part of an article on American society.


1976 56 Years Old After a horse riding accident in 1976, Guest was asked by the New York Post to write a column on gardening. … Read More


1985 65 Years Old In 1985 she designed a small fashion collection consisting mainly of cashmere sweaters that was introduced at a show of the designer Adolfo DomĂ­nguez.
1986 66 Years Old In 1986, she expanded her design work to include a limited line of sportswear sold under license, and in 1990 she came out with a fragrant insect repellent and other garden merchandise. … Read More
2003 84 Years Old Guest died on November 8, 2003 in Brookville, New York at age 83. … Read More
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