--Josef von Sternberg, Von Sternberg
“Shadow conceals—light reveals. To know what to reveal and what to conceal, and in what degrees to do this, is all there is to art.”
--Josef von Sternberg, Von Sternberg
See also: Fun in a Chinese Laundry
Image Credit: The Luminous Years, Portraits at Mid-Century
“If you want to find out how you really feel about somebody, write your will. It concentrates the mind wonderfully.”
--Christina Onassis, Nemesis: The True Story of Aristotle Onassis, Jackie O, and the Love Triangle That Brought Down the Kennedys
“I'm an experienced woman. I've been around… Well, all right, I might not've been around, but I've been … nearby.”
--Mary Tyler Moore as Mary Richards, The Mary Tyler Moore Show
“I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent that has ever been gathered in the White House—with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”
--John F. Kennedy, via Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years
Image Credit: The Kennedy White House Parties
“It bothers me when people disparage Los Angeles. They say that they miss the culture of New York and that New York is so stimulating. Well, I say if you're not dull yourself, you'll find it just as stimulating here.”
--George Cukor, Architectural Digest
“The beauty of London lies hidden in lonely squares, in unexpected corners of the City…. But New York is seen at its best in the distance.”
Cecil Beaton, Cecil Beaton’s New York
"A spouse is not a destination but a fellow traveler."
As most of us eventually learn (sometimes unhappily), an excellent test of a friendship or romance is to travel with that person. Based upon their many journeys together, Bill and Babe Paley easily passed this test. He was an avid photographer, and their travels are well documented in photographs, most of which have never been published. They frequently took photographs of each other, and the below photo of Bill suggests Babe was as comfortable behind the camera as she was in front of it.
After they married in July 1947, the Paleys boarded the Queen Mary and sailed to Europe (Cary Grant was a fellow passenger and frequent dining companion). They visited England, France, Italy, and Switzerland on an extended honeymoon, which set the template for a lifetime of glamorous travel. In subsequent trips, they typically journeyed with friends like Leland and Slim Hayward, Loel and Gloria Guinness, or Michael and Lady Anne Tree. [Michael Tree was the stepson of Babe's friend Marietta Tree, and Lady Anne was sister-in-law to both Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire (née Mitford) and Kick Kennedy, John F. Kennedy's favorite sister.]
In 1952, Babe's sister Minnie and Minnie's then-husband Vincent Astor accompanied the Paleys on a visit to a French chateau that Babe's friend Susan Mary Patten (later Alsop) had rented. Vincent and Minnie would divorce the following year, but in the photograph below, they appear relaxed and happy.
A copy of As It Happened signed by William S. Paley is currently available via the Nick Harvill Libraries kiosk at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood. Paley was one of the 20th Century's great tech entrepreneurs, first in radio and then television. As such, his autobiography just might resonate with his 21st Century counterparts.
“Look like you’ve got a life. Looking like it is half the battle.”
--James A. Hawes, A White Merc with Fins
Image Credit: Divinely Elegant, The World of Ernst Dryden
“Style, we suspect, is a subject with endless allure precisely because it can’t be neatly defined. In its mystery lies its power.”
--Annette Tapert, The Power of Style
Image Credit: Those Fabulous Greeks: Onassis, Niarchos, and Livanos
“I remember applauding loudly and raving about the beauty of a comic film, [which] when I saw it again [sober], could only be described as nauseating slop.”
--Sir Francis Rose, Saying Life
Read more about the enigmatic Sir Francis Rose at "Lord Chaos," The Life of Sir Francis Rose.