Slim Keith
American model
Slim Keith
Nancy "Slim" Keith, Lady Keith was a New York socialite and fashion icon during the 1950s and 1960s, exemplifying the American jet set. She and her friend Babe Paley were the thinly veiled inspiration for characters in Truman Capote's novel Answered Prayers.
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Fashion Icon: Lady Gaga - RetailWire (registration)
Google News - over 5 years
"Slim Keith who described herself as a 'fabulous arm-piece, the ultimate decoration' and Grace Kelly are from that women-as-untouchable-deities era," wrote Mr. Carreon for Forbes.com. "Twiggy was the poster child for the youth quake
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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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Truman Capote Was Adorable Yet Evil - Village Voice (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
10 2011 at 10:30 AM Socialite Slim Keith was one of author Truman Capote's favorite "swans" -- ie, uptown beauties -- in the '50s and '60s, but as such, she definitely suffered some animal abuse from the famed author of Breakfast at Tiffany's and In
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Does Lady Gaga Deserve The CFDA Fashion Icon Award? - Forbes (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Slim Keith who described herself as a “fabulous arm-piece, the ultimate decoration” and Grace Kelly are from that women-as-untouchable-deities era. Twiggy was the poster child for the youth quake. Raquel Welch of the excess of the '80s
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Darrell Hammond Is Certainly 'TRU' To The Complicated Truman Capote - Hamptons.com
Google News - over 5 years
In particular, Capote's relationship with benefactors and friends CBS network head William Paley, and his wife 'Babe', as well as 'Slim' Keith, among others - who believed that their privates lives where the fodder for Capote's book - resulted in an
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The Newly Uptight
NYTimes - about 9 years
STEPHANIE LaCAVA has glimpsed fashion's future, and she likes what she sees. ''I've really been into this kind of sculptured feminine silhouette,'' said Ms. LaCava, 24, a features associate at Vogue. To judge by the outfit she wore at the Winter Antiques Show in Manhattan last week -- a sedate cream-colored sheath that Letitia Baldrige would have
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Bill Blass Onstage: Does the Suit Fit?
NYTimes - over 10 years
PAUL RUDNICK has a new play, ''Regrets Only,'' which raises a fashionable question: Can a gay designer, a social climber of the first rank, overcome years of political indifference to lead a one-day strike of New York City's party makers and hairdressers in defense of gay marriage? What cozening act, what miracle of Seventh Avenue, would make this
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ADVERTISING; A Second Capote Film, Pitched as the Same but Different
NYTimes - over 10 years
The tiny marketing staff at Warner Independent Pictures had a Herculean task ahead of it: persuading people to see a movie they think they have already seen. ''Infamous,'' the new Truman Capote biopic, chronicles the writer's life as he wrote his definitive 1965 crime book, ''In Cold Blood.'' If that seems familiar, it was the basic plot of
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The Lighter Side of Capote, and the Ladies He Lunched With
NYTimes - over 10 years
There is a moment deep into ''Infamous,'' the new movie about Truman Capote, when Capote is walking in a park in Brooklyn with his friend Harper Lee. Capote (here played by Toby Jones) opens a letter from Perry Smith, one of the two murderers he has been interviewing for what will become ''In Cold Blood,'' and begins to read it aloud. Smith writes
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FILM REVIEW; Truman Capote's Journey On 'In Cold Blood,' Again
NYTimes - over 10 years
Truman Capote is surely a large enough figure -- or perhaps I mean small enough -- to fill out two motion pictures. Since multiple literary lives are the norm in book publishing, why not in the movies? Capote, a fascinating, sometimes appalling literary celebrity in his lifetime, has been posthumously served by two highly readable biographies,
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The Talk; New Bold Faces
NYTimes - over 11 years
These arrivals on the social circuit have yet to be overexposed. But the season is young. Jessica Joffe (left, with Jamie Johnson). Day job: reporter at The New York Observer. Habitat: West Village. Designers: Proenza Schouler, Adrian, Costello Tagliapietra. Currently reading: ''The nutritional information on my box of Lucky Charms.'' Julia Restoin
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BOOKS OF STYLE; Blessed as the Best
NYTimes - almost 13 years
ULTIMATE STYLE The Best of the Best-Dressed List By Bettina Zilkha Assouline, 183 pp., $55. BEGUN as a publicity stunt in the 1940's by Eleanor Lambert, who was otherwise known as the fairy godmother of American fashion, the best-dressed list quickly transcended its own boosterism and grew into, first, a visual record of the socialites of the time,
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BOOKS OF STYLE; Well-Worn Legends
NYTimes - about 13 years
THE CLASSIC TEN The True Story of the Little Black Dress and Nine Other Fashion Favorites By Nancy MacDonell Smith Penguin, 224 pp., $14. WITH a bit of history and a bit of journalism, ''The Classic Ten'' wends its way through the stories of the white shirt, pearls, sneakers, the suit, high heels, lipstick, bluejeans and the trench coat. And, of
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C. Z. Guest, American Classic
NYTimes - over 13 years
Pity the poor socialite today. She will never know what it's like to be painted in the nude by Diego Rivera or photographed in couture by Cecil Beaton, Horst and Louise Dahl-Wolfe, though she can claim one or two paparazzi snaps. Her company will never be sought by Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote or the Maharaja of Jaipur. And she most definitely
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O Madonna Had a Farm
NYTimes - about 15 years
Here's a bit o' news that's quite a shocker, Proving Mother Nature still has charm, Quoting Mister Cholly Knickerbocker, 'Get in the swimand buy a farm.' Acres of alfalfa, fields of clover Suddenly enchant our top 'Who's Who,' So the moment all this row is over, What say if we go hayseed too? For farming, that's the fashion, Farming, that's the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Slim Keith
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1990
    Age 72
    Died on April 16, 1990.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1972
    Age 54
    Her next and last husband was British banker Kenneth Keith, whom she left in 1972, after a 10-year marriage.
    More Details Hide Details Keith banished Capote from her life when he used her as the unflattering model for the fictional Lady Coolbirth of his infamous and unfinished Answered Prayers. She never spoke to him again. The last years of her life were spent pursuing travel and quiet social activities in New York. An inveterate smoker, she died of lung cancer. Slim Keith was portrayed in the film Infamous (2006) by Hope Davis.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1938
    Age 20
    In 1938 she met Howard Hawks, the noted film director, who was immediately smitten with her, and did everything he could to persuade her to marry him, despite his long-standing marriage.
    More Details Hide Details Three years later (1941) they were married; however, Hawks was unable to remain faithful, and shortly after the birth of their daughter, Kitty Hawks, she moved to Havana to stay with Ernest Hemingway, where she met her second husband, Leland Hayward. Slim and Hayward divorced their respective spouses in order to marry, and they stayed together for 12 years. Although she was pursued by the likes of Clark Gable and Ernest Hemingway, she wrote that the one love of her life remained Hayward, who in turn left her for another socialite, Pamela Churchill.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1917
    Born
    Born on July 15, 1917.
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