Bill Blass, Bare Blass
"Of course, you can’t say to a woman stepping out of a fitting room, her face beaming with hope, ‘Oh, my God, that makes you look fat.’ But you can say, ‘Kid, that’s not you. Let’s try something else.’”
Bill Blass, Bare Blass
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“Everyone remembers exactly where he or she was when President Kennedy was shot. But I, typical gossip columnist that I am, remember exactly where I was when I first heard the word Trump.”
Liz Smith, Natural Blonde, A Memoir
Liz Smith lived to see the Trump presidency, but that is not what inspired the above quip. The quote is taken from her memoir, published eighteen-years ago. In the book, she covers the erstwhile real estate developer's divorce from his first wife, Ivana, which was one of the biggest scoops of Smith's career. Broadway starlet Marla Maples also landed the best part of her career, as the other woman in the Trump divorce. With the glitzy Ivana battling it out with the beautiful Marla and with a fortune at stake, the saga dominated the tabloids. Smith called it, "the biggest story I've ever seen that isn't important," topped only by the romance of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
Smith's inside position as confidante of Ivana Trump gave her scoop after scoop. Her daily readership soared to new heights and led to a pay raise. But what of the other players involved, specifically the future president? This was the early nineties when scandalous behavior was considered bad public relations for a businessman. As such, he reacted badly, writing negatively about Liz Smith in his second book. He eventually forgave her, and Smith was not only invited but given a prime spot at Trump's marriage to the other woman, Marla Maples. Was he being magnanimous, or had he begun to understand that he possessed a skill that rivaled that of the legendary King Midas? He had the ability to spin negative publicity into public relations gold.
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“Women are the really strong ones, but never let the men know.”
--Coco Chanel, via The Fashionable Savages
“There was a party at the Statue of Liberty, but I’d already read the publicity of me going to it so I felt it was done already.”
Andy Warhol, The Andy Warhol Diaries
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“Life does things to people’s faces. You know, people finally show up on their own faces.”
Isak Dinesen, via Carol Matthau, Among the Porcupines
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“This picture of the Duchess of Windsor looks like a Titian to me. I happen to know she loathed this picture. She couldn’t stand the past. But in this picture, she looks to me like someone who has seen the future.”
Diana Vreeland, Allure
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“Environmentalists can be a pain in the ass. But they make great ancestors.”
Mardy Murie, via John Perry Barlow, Mother American Night: My Life in Crazy Times
Read more about Mardy Murie, the "Grandmother of the Conservation Movement," here.
“Addiction to truth can make one many enemies.”
John Richardson, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
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“If a dog barked at me in the street, I would be foolish to get down on all fours and bark back.”
William Randolph Hearst, The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst
“I believe every woman over fifty should stay in bed until noon.”
First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies
The person who would have made sleeping-in possible for Mrs. Eisenhower was her loyal and hard-working social secretary, Mary Jane McCaffree. McCaffree died last month at the impressive age of 106. She and Mrs. Eisenhower comprised a formidable team. Commented the former first lady’s granddaughter Susan Eisenhower, “My grandmother loved efficiency, and Mary Jane epitomized it.”
Building upon her work with Mrs. Eisenhower, McCaffree returned to government service in the 1970s, as Chief of Protocol for the State Department. In 1977, McCaffree put her years of on-the-job training to good use, writing a detailed book, The Official Handbook of Diplomatic, Official, and Social Usage, which is now back in print. Per her obituary in the New York Times, which of the following was not one of McCaffree’s dictates?
The answer is after the JUMP.