Pages in category "American debutantes"
The following 23 pages are in this category, out of 23 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 23 pages are in this category, out of 23 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Lauren Bush – Lauren Pierce Bush Lauren is the CEO and Co-Founder of FEED Projects. She is also known as a fashion model and designer. She is the daughter of Neil Bush and Sharon Bush, niece of former President George W. Bush. Bush was raised in Houston, Texas. She attended high school at Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas, as did her sister Ashley and Pierce. In her senior year at Kinkaid, she interned for the NBC television show Friends. She was a debutante, making her formal debut in Paris, France in 2000. She was a member of The Ivy Club, one of Princeton's eleven eating clubs. Standing 6 inches, Bush was signed with Elite Model Management before launching FEED. Bush was an intern on the sitcom Friends, making a cameo in one episode, interned alongside Ashley Olsen with designer Zac Posen. In 2005, Bush traveled as a Student Ambassador for the World Food Program. In 2007, Lauren Bush Lauren launched a social business to fight world hunger on behalf of the UN World Food Programme. Bush relaunched her fashion label under the name "Lauren Pierce". Further pressed, Bush said, "Obviously my last name is associated with politics. But Pierce is my younger brother's name.Lauren Bush – Lauren Bush at the 2012 Time 100 gala
2. Lily Collins – Lily Jane Collins is a British-American actress and model. An American mother, Jill Tavelman, Collins was born in Surrey and moved to Los Angeles as a child. Her first role was at the age of two in the BBC series Growing Pains. In 2008, Collins was named One to Watch in 2008. Collins received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her role as Marla Mabrey in Rules Don't Apply. She was born in Guildford, Surrey. Her maternal grandfather was a Jewish immigrant who owned a men's clothing store in Beverly Hills, California for many years. After her parents' divorce when she was seven in 1996, she moved with her mother. Collins attended the University of Southern California, majoring in broadcast journalism. Collins was presented in Paris in 2007. She is the half-sister of musician Simon Collins from Nicholas and Matthew Collins from her father's third marriage. She began acting at the age of two in the BBC series Growing Pains. As a teenager, she wrote a column, "NY Confidential", for the British magazine Elle Girl. Collins has also written for Seventeen, the Los Angeles Times. Collins appeared on the magazine's cover in August 2009.Lily Collins – Collins at 2013 WonderCon promoting The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
3. Edith Cummings – Edith Cummings was an American socialite and one of the premier amateur golfers of her generation. She was one of the Big Four debutantes at the end of the First World War. She became nationally famous following her 1923 victory in the U.S. Women's Amateur. On August 1924, she became the first golfer and first female athlete to appear on the cover of Time magazine. Her father was a wealthy Chicago socialite, who sent her to boarding school at the Westover School in Middlebury, Connecticut. Cummings was in the class of 1917. Though the school had been founded only in 1909, it attracted young socialites. Cummings' classmates included fellow Chicago socialite Ginevra King, future philanthropist Katharine Ordway, Prescott Bush's sisters Mary and Margaret. Following her graduation in 1917, Cummings pursued golf where she would earn the nickname "the Fairway Flapper". In 1921, she competed along with other famous female golfers such as Alexa Stirling and Marion Hollins. The next year Cummings entered the U.S. Cummings lost on the final hole. She returned to the tournament the next year. She won, earning her the cover photo on Time magazine, in addition to profiles in Vogue, Ladies' Home Journal, many newspapers.Edith Cummings – Edith Cummings was the first woman athlete to appear on the cover of Time magazine, a major step in women's athletic history.
4. Doris Duke – Doris Duke was an American heiress, socialite, horticulturalist, art collector, philanthropist. The daughter of Duke was able to fund a life of global travel and wide-ranging interests. These extended across journalism, competition surfing, jazz piano, wildlife conservation, Hare Krishna. Duke was also active in preserving more than 80 historic buildings in Newport, Rhode Island. Twice divorced, she enjoyed a colorful private life, seldom out of the gossip columns. The total value of the estate was estimated variously at $60 million to $100 million. She spent her early childhood in Hillsborough Township, New Jersey. Duke was presented to society aged 18, at a ball at Rough Point, the family residence in Newport, Rhode Island. Duke received large bequests from her father's will when she turned 21, 30; she was sometimes referred to as the "world's richest girl." Her mother died in 1962, leaving a coat. When Duke came of age, Duke used her wealth to pursue a variety including extensive world travel and the arts. During World War II, Duke worked in Egypt taking a salary of one dollar a year. Duke spoke French fluently. In 1945, she began a short-lived career as a foreign correspondent for the International News Service, reporting from different cities across the war-ravaged Europe. After the war, Duke wrote for the magazine Harper's Bazaar.Doris Duke – Duke created the Italian Garden to showcase sculpture that her father had collected, such as this replica of Canova's Three Graces
5. Julie Nixon Eisenhower – Julie Nixon Eisenhower is the daughter of Richard M. Nixon, 37th President of the United States, Pat Nixon, former First Lady of the United States. She is the younger sister to Patricia Nixon Cox. While her father served as President of the United States, she wrote several books and worked as Assistant Managing Editor of The Saturday Evening Post. Since her father left the White House in 1974, she has written additional books and works to support her parents' legacy. In 1968, she married David Eisenhower, grandson of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower. She is a son, Alexander Richard Eisenhower. Julie Nixon was born while Richard Nixon, was a Congressman; but much of her childhood coincided as Dwight Eisenhower's Vice-President. She recalled her father as being romantic, while her mother was "practical and down to earth". Her mother tried to "seal" her and her sister from much of her father's political career. After expressing these feelings to Mamie Eisenhower, the First Lady invited the two Nixon daughters to play with her grandchildren. Also at the second inauguration, President Eisenhower suggested to her as their photograph was being taken to hide a black eye by turning her head. Julie had acquired it in a sledding accident and turned her head towards David, which made it appear that he had been staring directly at her. Her grandmother Hannah Nixon would come to watch her and her sister whenever her parents traveled. At the time of what her father called to reporters his "last conference", she was waiting in a hallway with her sister. That afternoon, Julie joined the two in crying at the foot of her parent's bed over her father's loss.Julie Nixon Eisenhower – Nixon Eisenhower in 1973
6. Zelda Fitzgerald – Zelda Fitzgerald was an American socialite and novelist, the wife of American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose work she strongly influenced. Born in Montgomery, Alabama, she was dubbed by her husband as "the first American Flapper". She and Scott became emblems of the Age, for which they are still celebrated. Ernest Hemingway, whom Zelda disliked, blamed her for Scott's declining literary output, though her extensive diaries provided much material for his fiction. After being diagnosed with schizophrenia, the couple were living apart when Scott died suddenly in 1940. Zelda died later in Asheville, North Carolina. A 1970 biography by Nancy Milford was on the short list of contenders for the Pulitzer Prize. In 1992, Zelda was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame. Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Zelda Sayre was the youngest of six children. The family was descended from early settlers of Long Island, who had moved before the Civil War. By the time of Zelda's birth, the Sayres were a Southern family. Her siblings were Anthony Dickinson Sayre, Jr. Marjorie Sayre, Rosalind Sayre and Clothilde Sayre. As a child, Zelda Sayre was extremely active. She danced, enjoyed the outdoors. In 1914, Sayre began attending Sidney Lanier High School.Zelda Fitzgerald – Zelda Sayre at age 17
7. Brenda Frazier – Brenda Diana Duff Frazier was an American socialite popular during the Depression era. Her December 1938 debutante ball was heavily publicized worldwide, Frazier eventually appeared for that reason alone. Frazier's father, Frank Duff Frazier, came from a prosperous Boston family. The former Brenda Germaine Henshaw Williams-Taylor, was his wife, the former Jane Fayrer Henshaw. Frazier's parents were married in December 1916. Both of Frazier's parents drank heavily. At the time of her birth, Frazier's father went on an alcoholic bender and did not return home for months. After public fights and infidelity from both sides, the couple divorced in January 1926. In March 1926, Frazier's mother married Frederick N. Watriss with whom she had been having an affair. After Watriss' death, she married Henry Pierrepont Perry. Over the next eight years, Frazier's parents fought over custody of Brenda. Both attempted to gain sole custody by accusing the other of immoral behavior, alcoholism and being an unfit parent. During the battle, Frazier was largely spent the majority of her time at school or with her paternal grandmother. In 1933, a judge finally ruled that Frazier's parents would share custody. The judge appears to be any paragon of virtue in parenthood."Brenda Frazier – Brenda Frazier
8. Dree Hemingway – Dree Louise Hemingway Crisman is an American fashion model and actress. Dree Louise Hemingway Crisman was born in Idaho. She is the daughter of actress Mariel Hemingway and Stephen Crisman, well as the niece of the late model and actress Margaux Hemingway. American author Ernest Hemingway is her maternal great-grandfather. She has a younger sister named Langley Fox Hemingway Crisman. She attended Ernest Hemingway Elementary School. She later lived in the Westlake Village. She attended Oaks Christian High School for two and a half years and then dropped out to pursue her modelling career. She was presented in Paris, France in 2003. Hemingway has represented major companies in advertising as well as in fashion shows. In March 2009, she debuted in Paris. In June 2009, she walked in the Calvin Klein show in New York. In September 2009, she opened the Topshop spring/summer 2010 show in London. In January 2010, she became the new face of the Gianfranco Ferré campaign. She fronted a new advertising campaign for the Salvatore Ferragamo perfume Attimo.Dree Hemingway – Dree Hemingway in Madrid in 2009.
9. Barbara Hutton – Barbara Woolworth Hutton was an American debutante/socialite, heiress and philanthropist. Heiress to the retail tycoon Frank Winfield Woolworth, Hutton was one of the wealthiest women in the world. Married and divorced seven times, she was maliciously treated and often exploited by several of her husbands. She later perhaps therefore prevented further childbirth. Her son died at the age of 36 leaving her devastated. She lived dying of a heart attack at age 66. Barbara's father was Franklyn Laws Hutton, a wealthy co-founder of E. F. Hutton & Company, stock brokerage firm. Five year old Barbara discovered her mother's body. After her mother's death, she was raised by a governess. Hutton attended now The Hewitt School in New York's Lenox Hill neighborhood and Miss Porter's School for Girls in Farmington, Connecticut. She became an introverted child who had limited interaction with other children of her own age. Only confidante was her cousin Jimmy Donahue, the son of her mother's sister. Jimmy Donahue inherited a portion of the Woolworth estate with Barbara and also grew up to have public, drug, alcohol and relationship problems. In 1924, Barbara Hutton's grandmother Jennie Woolworth died, leaving $26.1 million in a trust fund. Another $ million in stock from Edna's inheritance was placed in a separate trust both of which were administered by Franklyn Hutton.Barbara Hutton – Barbara Hutton
10. Ellie Kemper – Elizabeth Claire "Ellie" Kemper is an American actress, comedian, writer. Kemper is best known as Kimmy Schmidt in the Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, for which she has received critical acclaim. In summer 2015, Kemper joined NBC News as a temporary co-host on The Today Show. Kemper's father was the chief executive officer of Commerce Bancshares, a bank holding company founded by the Kemper family. Kemper is also the older sister of writer Carrie Kemper. She has Italian, German ancestry. The family moved to St. Louis when Kemper was five years old. One of her teachers was actor Jon Hamm, with whom she appeared in a play. In 1999, she made her debut at the Veiled Prophet Ball, where she was named the Veiled Queen of Love and Beauty. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English. At Princeton, Kemper said she sat on the bench "roughly 97 percent" of the time. She quit the team in later years to focus on theater. Kemper then attended the University of Oxford, where she studied in English. She continued her interest in Princeton. She participated in Quipfire!, Princeton's oldest improv comedy group, the Princeton Triangle Club, a touring musical comedy theater troupe.Ellie Kemper – Kemper in 2002
11. Ginevra King – King was born in 1898, the daughter of Ginevra and Charles Garfield King. She, like her grandmother, was named after Leonardo da Vinci's painting Ginevra de' Benci. Her father was financier. She attended the Westover School in Middlebury, Connecticut. Ginevra first met Fitzgerald on January 1915, while visiting her roommate from Westover, Marie Hersey, in St. Paul, Minnesota. According to letters and diary entries, they both immediately became infatuated. Their passionate romance continued until January 1917. On July 1918, King wrote to Fitzgerald, informing him of her engagement to William Mitchell, the son of her father's business associate. They had three children. Then in 1937, she left Mitchell for businessman John T. Pirie. King later founded the Ladies Guild of the American Cancer Society. She died at the age of 82. King exerted a great influence on Fitzgerald's writing, perhaps much as his relationship with his wife, Zelda. King is also featured in the books The Perfect Hour by James L.W. West III, in a fictionalized form in Gatsby's Girl by Caroline Preston.Ginevra King – Ginevra King
12. Dina Merrill – Dina Merrill is an American actress, socialite, businesswoman and philanthropist. Merrill was born in New York City on December 1923, although for many years her year of birth was given as 1925. She is her second husband, the Wall Street stockbroker Edward Francis Hutton. Merrill had two older half-sisters, Adelaide Breevort Hutton and Eleanor Post Hutton, to Edward Bennett Close. In April 2005, she received a lifetime award from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. On advice from her half-sister's husband, she adopted the name Dina Merrill, borrowing from Charles E. Merrill, a famous stockbroker like her father. Merrill made her debut The Mermaid Singing in 1945. She also appeared in Darkness, The Lonely Profession, Family Flight and The Tenth Month. She also made guest appearances on The Love Boat. Her stage credits include the 1983 Broadway revival of the Rodgers & Hart musical On Your Toes, starring prima ballerina Natalia Makarova. In 1991, she appeared in the rotating cast of the staged reading of Wit & Wisdom. In 1991, Ted Hartley, merged their company, Pavilion Communications, with RKO to form RKO Pictures. Merrill has been married three times. In 1946, she wed Jr. an heir to the Colgate-Palmolive toothpaste fortune and an entrepreneur. Two of Merrill's four children predeceased their parents -- David died in 1973; Heather died of cancer in 2007.Dina Merrill – Publicity photo of Merrill in 1968
13. Tricia Nixon Cox – In her father's public career, Cox performed a ceremonial role, to Julie Nixon Eisenhower's more political involvement. Cox accompanied him on many campaign stops and, after his inauguration, on state trips around the world. She is married to Edward Finch Cox and is the mother of Christopher Nixon Cox. Cox was born on 21 February 1946, grew up in New York City, attending the Chapin School in Manhattan. She attended Finch College, then Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating in 1968, major in English and receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree. At her graduation on June 1968, her father served as a special speaker. Cox married Harvard Law student Edward Finch Cox in a White House Rose Garden ceremony on June 12, 1971. Her husband is now a corporate attorney and the chairperson of the New York Republican State Committee. She serves on the boards of many medical-research institutions, as well as the Richard Nixon Foundation at the Nixon Library in California. Chris Nixon CoxTricia Nixon Cox – Tricia and Edward Cox in 1972
14. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – Bouvier was the elder daughter of Wall Street stockbroker John Vernou Bouvier III and socialite Janet Lee Bouvier. In 1952, Bouvier met Congressman John F. Kennedy at a dinner party. Shortly after, he was elected to the United States Senate and the couple married the following year. They had four children, two of whom died in infancy. As First Lady, she aided her husband's administration with her presence in social events and with her highly-publicized restoration of the White House. On November 22, 1963, she was riding with him in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, when he was assassinated. She and her children withdrew from public view after his funeral, she married Aristotle Onassis in 1968. Following her second husband's death in 1975, she had a career as a book editor for the final two decades of her life. She is remembered to the arts and preservation of historic architecture, well as for her style, grace. Her father had English ancestry. Named after her father, Bouvier was baptized at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan; she was raised in the Catholic faith. Her younger sister Lee was born in 1933. Bouvier spent her early childhood years in Manhattan and at Lasata, the Bouviers' country estate in East Hampton on Long Island. She idolized her father, who likewise favored her over her sister, calling his eldest child "the most beautiful daughter a man ever had". From an early age, Bouvier was an enthusiastic equestrienne and successfully competed in the sport; horse-riding would remain a lifelong passion.Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – Jacqueline Kennedy at the White House in 1961
15. Olivia Palermo – Olivia Palermo is an American socialite. The daughter of interior designer Lynn Hutchings, Palermo grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut. As a child, Palermo attended Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City. She graduated from St. Luke's School in Connecticut where she was on the field hockey team. Palermo studied media at The New School in New York. Palermo agreed to star in the series to familiarize herself with acting. The series documents the lives of the cast members in New York City. It was reported that Palermo was paid $12,000 per episode at the time. As part of the show, she worked in the PR department at Elle. The second part of the first season debuted in September 2009. Palermo was given more air time. The City returned in 2010, in which Palermo was given reporting duties for Elle.com. She was signed to Wilhelmina Models in 2009. Palermo has appeared on the cover of magazines including Elle Mexico, Tatler, ASOS Magazine, Marie Claire UK. Palermo also modeled alongside her then boyfriend, Johannes Huebl, by Mango and Hogan.Olivia Palermo – Palermo at the Lincoln Center in 2010
16. Kay Robertson – Marsha Kay Carroway Robertson, also known as Miss Kay, is an American television personality, best known for her appearances on the A&E reality series Duck Dynasty. Mother of Duck Dynasty personality and current Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson. She is commonly referred to on the show as "Miss Kay". She has a passion for cooking. She is the author of the cookbook Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen: Faith, Family, Food--Bringing Our Home to Your Table. In high school, Kay was a debutante. Phil Robertson began dating in 1964 and married two years later. Some sources claim she was 16 at the time of her marriage, others indicate she was 17 when she gave birth to her first child, Alan. They have four sons: Jep, as well as sixteen grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen: Faith, Family, Food – Bringing Our Home to Your Table. Simon & Schuster. ; ISBN 9781476763200Kay Robertson – Kay Robertson in 2015.
17. Gloria Vanderbilt – Gloria Laura Vanderbilt is an American artist, author, actress, fashion designer, heiress, socialite. As an adult in the 1970s, Gloria Laura Vanderbilt became known with a line of fashions, perfumes and household goods bearing her name. Vanderbilt was particularly noted as an early developer of designer blue jeans. Vanderbilt is a member of the mother of CNN television anchor Anderson Cooper. When Gloria was born, her father was heard to exclaim in delight, "It is fantastic how Vanderbilt she looks! See the corners of her eyes, how they turn up?" Vanderbilt was baptized by Bishop Herbert Shipman as Gloria Laura Vanderbilt. After her father's death, Vanderbilt was raised in the Catholic Church, to which her mother belonged. To Cathleen Neilson, Vanderbilt had a half-sister, Cathleen Vanderbilt. As a result of frequent spending, her mother's use of finances was scrutinized by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Whitney wanted custody of her niece, which resulted in a famous custody trial. Some people heard wailing inside the court room. Testimony was heard depicting the mother as an unfit parent; Vanderbilt's mother lost Vanderbilt became the ward of her aunt Gertrude. Litigation continued, however. Visitation was also closely watched to ensure that Vanderbilt's mother did not exert any undue influence upon her daughter with her supposedly "raucous" lifestyle.Gloria Vanderbilt – Gloria Vanderbilt in 1958 (age 34). Photo by Carl Van Vechten.
18. Vera Wang – Vera Ellen Wang is an American fashion designer based in New York City. Vera Ellen Wang is of Chinese descent. Her parents came to the United States in the mid-1940s. Florence Wu, worked as a translator for the United Nations, while her father, Cheng Ching Wang, owned a medicine company. Her maternal grandfather is Fengtian warlord Wu Junsheng, killed by the Empire of Japan in the Huanggutun incident in 1928. She has Kenneth. She graduated from The Chapin School in 1967, earned a degree in art history from Sarah Lawrence College. She began skating at the age of eight. While in high school, she trained with pairs partner James Stuart, competed at the 1968 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Wang was featured in the Crowd in the January 9, 1968 issue. When she failed to make the US Olympics team, Wang entered the industry. She continues to enjoy skating, saying, "Skating is multidimensional". She was hired to be an editor at Vogue immediately from Sarah Lawrence making her the youngest editor at that magazine. Wang stayed for 17 years leaving in 1987 to join Ralph Lauren, who she worked for 2 years.Vera Wang – Vera Wang