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1. Lauren Bush – Lauren Pierce Bush Lauren is the CEO and Co-Founder of FEED Projects. She is also known for her previous career as a fashion model and she is a daughter of Neil Bush and Sharon Bush, granddaughter of former President George H. W. Bush and niece of former President George W. Bush. Bush was born in Denver, Colorado, and raised in Houston and she attended high school at Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas, as did her sister Ashley and brother Pierce. In her senior year at Kinkaid, she interned for the NBC television show Friends and she was a debutante, making her formal debut in a Dior haute couture gown at le Bal des débutantes in Paris, France in 2000. She studied fashion design at BEBE and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and graduated from Princeton University in 2006 with a B. A. in Anthropology and she was a member of The Ivy Club, one of Princetons eleven eating clubs. Standing 5 feet 6 inches, Bush was signed with Elite Model Management before launching FEED and she has been featured on the covers of Vogue and Vanity Fair and has frequently modeled for Tommy Hilfiger, as well as for Abercrombie & Fitch and designers Gai Mattiolo and Isaac Mizrahi. Bush was an intern on the television sitcom Friends, making a cameo in one episode, in 2005, Bush traveled to Chad as a Student Ambassador for the World Food Program. In 2007, Lauren Bush Lauren launched FEED Projects, a business to fight world hunger on behalf of the UN World Food Programme. Bush relaunched her fashion label on September 11,2008, under the name Lauren Pierce. About her decision to use her name, Pierce, as opposed to her last name for the title of her line. Further pressed, Bush said, Obviously my last name is associated with politics, but Pierce is my grandmothers maiden name and my younger brothers name. Its not about downplaying my last name as much as it is about loving Pierce, and my brother is very flattered. Former President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush were in the front row at the Lauren Pierce Spring 2011 show during the inaugural Houston Fashion Week, FEED Projects has donated over 87 million meals to date through the sale of products and fundraising activations. In 2014, Lauren led FEED in launching FEED Supper, a 30-day fundraising activation, in 2012, Lauren was announced as the first National Lady Godiva Honoree of the Lady Godiva Program. For her work with FEED, Lauren was named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2009, in 2014, Lauren was named as one of Forbes’30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs and one of Crain’s 40 Under 40. Lauren has been a vegetarian since she was four years old and she began dating David Lauren, son of fashion designer Ralph Lauren, in 2004. On September 4,2011, she and Lauren married in Colorado and their son, James Richard Lauren, was born November 21,2015. dailymail. co. uk/femail/article-2041144/Newlywed-Lauren-Bush-Lauren--hyphen--signs-new-name. htmlLauren Bush – Lauren Bush at the 2012 Time 100 gala
2. Lily Collins – Lily Jane Collins is a British-American actress and model. The daughter of English musician Phil Collins and an American mother, Jill Tavelman, she was born in Surrey and her first screen role was at the age of two in the BBC series Growing Pains. She went on to study broadcast journalism at the University of Southern California and as a teenager, wrote for Seventeen magazine, Teen Vogue, and The Los Angeles Times. She was named International Model of the Year by Spains Glamour magazine after being selected by Chanel to wear one of their gowns at the Hotel de Crillon in 2007, in 2008, she was named Newest Red Carpet Correspondent and One to Watch in 2008. Collins appeared as a guest star on the teen television series 90210 in 2009. Collins is also known for her roles in independent films, such as the romantic comedy-drama Stuck in Love, the romantic comedy The English Teacher, and the romantic comedy-drama Love, Rosie. She won the New Hollywood Film Award and received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her role as Marla Mabrey in Rules Dont Apply, Collins was born in Guildford, Surrey. She is the daughter of English musician Phil Collins and his wife, Jill Tavelman. Her maternal grandfather was a Canadian Jewish immigrant who owned a clothing store in Beverly Hills. After her parents divorce when she was seven in 1996, Collins moved to Los Angeles with her mother and she graduated from Harvard-Westlake School and attended the University of Southern California, majoring in broadcast journalism. She was presented as a debutante at the Bal des débutantes in Paris in 2007, Collins is the half-sister of musician Simon Collins from her fathers first marriage, and Nicholas and Matthew Collins from her fathers third marriage. Collins began acting at the age of two in the BBC series Growing Pains, as a teenager, Collins wrote a column, NY Confidential, for the British magazine Elle Girl. She has also written for Seventeen, Teen Vogue, and the Los Angeles Times. She was selected by Chanel to wear one of their gowns at the 2007 Bal des débutantes at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris and she was picked by Spains Glamour magazine in 2008 as its International Model of the Year, and appeared on the magazines cover in August 2009. Collins covered the 2008 US presidential election as a host on the Nickelodeon series Kids Pick the President and she won a 2008 Young Hollywood Award for Newest Red Carpet Correspondent. In 2009, Collins appeared in two episodes of the teen drama series 90210, including the first seasons finale, Collins was one of 20 women named by Maxim magazine as one of the Hottest Daughters of Rock Stars in 2009. In 2009, Collins co-starred in the film The Blind Side as Collins Tuohy, in 2011, she played the warrior priests daughter Lucy in the thriller Priest, opposite Paul Bettany. MTV Networks NextMovie. com named her one of the Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011 and she co-starred in the 2011 action film Abduction with Taylor LautnerLily 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 in Chicago, at the end of the First World War and she became nationally famous following her 1923 victory in the U. S. Womens Amateur. On August 25,1924, she became the first golfer, Edith Cummings was born on March 26,1899 to David Cummings and Ruth Dexter. Her father was a wealthy Chicago socialite, who sent her to boarding school at the Westover School in Middlebury, Cummings was in the class of 1917. Though the school had been founded only in 1909, it attracted many young socialites, Cummings classmates included fellow Chicago socialite Ginevra King, future philanthropist Katharine Ordway, Isabel Rockefeller, and Prescott Bushs sisters Mary and Margaret. In 1915, Cummings met a student at Princeton named F. Scott Fitzgerald. Following her graduation in 1917, Cummings pursued tournament golf where she would earn the nickname the Fairway Flapper, in 1921, she competed in the British Ladies Amateur along with other famous female golfers such as Alexa Stirling and Marion Hollins. Cummings lost on the final hole and she returned to the tournament the next year. This time, she won, earning her the photo on Time magazine, in addition to profiles in Vogue, Ladies Home Journal. Buchanan and Baker were socialites and friends, Baker wore all her dresses like sports clothes -- there was a jauntiness about her movements as if she had first learned to walk upon golf courses on clean, crisp mornings, Fitzgerald wrote. In The Great Gatsby, Baker is the love interest of the novels narrator Nick Carraway, in Gatsby, Baker cheats at golf, although there is no evidence that Fitzgerald drew this detail from Cummings. Cummings never won another tournament, but remained a well-known figure, in 1934, she married a wealthy businessman named Curtis B. Munson and had three daughters, Frances, Marion, and Anne, Munson was later selected by Franklin Roosevelt to investigate the sympathies of Japanese-Americans living in the United States just before the U. S. entered World War II. He found very little hostility among the Japanese-American community, but despite the warnings of his Munson Report, Cummings and Munson largely faded from the spotlight later in life, except for forays into philanthropy. Cummings remained a committed golfer into her 80s and she was enthusiastic about all outdoor activities, especially hunting and fishing. She and her husband traveled extensively throughout their marriage until her husband’s death in 1979, in his honor, she made a significant contribution to the Decatur House renovation in Washington, DC. Today, the Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation funds a number of conservation programs and she has an award named after her, the Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award, given annually to one of the top female collegiate golfers who excels in academics. The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation donates $5,000 to the scholarship fund of the winners schoolEdith 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, and philanthropist. The daughter of a wealthy tycoon, Duke was able to fund a life of global travel. These extended across journalism, competition surfing, jazz piano, wildlife conservation, Oriental art and she was also active in preserving more than 80 historic buildings in Newport, Rhode Island. Twice married and divorced, Duke enjoyed a private life that was seldom out of the gossip columns. Her philanthropic work continued into her old age, some of it unknown to the public during her lifetime, and her estimated $1.3 billion fortune was largely left to charity. Duke was born in New York City, the child of tobacco and hydroelectric power tycoon James Buchanan Duke and his second wife, Nanaline Holt Inman. The total value of the estate was not disclosed, but was estimated variously at $60 million to $100 million, Duke spent her early childhood at Duke Farms, her fathers 2, 700-acre estate in Hillsborough Township, New Jersey. One of the pieces of estate in question was a Manhattan mansion at 1 East 78th Street which later became the home of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. She was presented to society as a debutante in 1930, aged 18, at a ball at Rough Point and she received large bequests from her fathers will when she turned 21,25, and 30, she was sometimes referred to as the worlds richest girl. Her mother died in 1962, leaving her jewelry and a coat, when Duke came of age, she used her wealth to pursue a variety of interests, including extensive world travel and the arts. During World War II, she worked in a canteen for sailors in Egypt, in 1945, Duke 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, she moved to Paris and wrote for the magazine Harpers Bazaar, while living in Hawaii, Duke became the first non-Hawaiian woman to take up competitive surfing under the tutelage of surfing champion and Olympic swimmer Duke Kahanamoku and his brothers. A lover of animals, in particular her dogs and pet camels, in her later years Duke became a wildlife refuge supporter, an environmental conservationist, and a patron of historic preservation. Today, his farm is part of Malabar Farm State Park, a section of woods there is dedicated to her and bears her name. At age 46, Duke started to create Duke Gardens, an exotic public-display garden and she extended new greenhouses from the Horace Trumbauer conservatory at her home in Duke Farms, New Jersey. Each of the eleven interconnected gardens was a full-scale re-creation of a theme, country or period. She designed the architectural, artistic and botanical elements of the based on observations from her extensive international travels. She also labored on their installation, sometimes working 16-hour days, Duke had learned to play the piano at an early age and developed a lifelong appreciation of jazz and befriended jazz musiciansDoris 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, and Pat Nixon, First Lady of the United States. She is the sister to Patricia Nixon Cox. While her father served as President of the United States, she wrote several books, 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 President Dwight D. Eisenhower and she is the mother of two daughters, Jennie Eisenhower and Melanie Catherine Eisenhower, and a son, Alexander Richard Eisenhower. Julie Nixon was born while her father, Richard Nixon, was a Congressman and 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 fathers 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 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 an accident and turned her head towards David. Her grandmother Hannah Nixon would come to watch her and her sister whenever her parents traveled, as a teenager, she attended the private Sidwell Friends School in Washington along with her sister, Tricia. After her father lost the Presidential Election of 1960 to John F. Kennedy, Julie felt battered by the results and felt that the votes had been stolen. Julie left school in 1961, after her father lost his bid in 1960. At the time of what her father called to reporters his last press conference and that afternoon, Julie joined the two in crying at the foot of her parents bed over her fathers loss. The Nixons moved to New York after the race. She received a degree from New York University in 1972. David Eisenhower, the grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Julie and David were both invited to address the Republican Womens Club. The club learned that the two were only seven miles apart, and invited the two to be featured speakers. They discussed the invitations and both chose to decline, but would come in again when David visited Julie with his roommate from Amherst and took her. David reflected, I was broke, my roommate forgot his wallet and she began dating David Eisenhower in the fall of 1966 when both were freshmen at Smith College and Amherst College, respectivelyJulie Nixon Eisenhower – Nixon Eisenhower in 1973
6. Zelda Fitzgerald – Zelda Fitzgerald was a novelist, American socialite, and the wife of American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Born in Montgomery, Alabama, she was noted for her beauty and high spirits and she and Scott became emblems of the Jazz Age, for which they are still celebrated. The immediate success of Scotts first novel This Side of Paradise brought them into contact with high society, Ernest Hemingway, whom Zelda disliked, blamed her for Scotts declining literary output, though her extensive diaries provided much material for his fiction. After being diagnosed with depression, she was increasingly confined to specialist clinics. Zelda died 7 years later in a fire at her hospital in Asheville, 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 Womens Hall of Fame and her life was dramatized in the 2017 TV series Z, The Beginning of Everything. Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Zelda Sayre was the youngest of six children and her mother, Minerva Buckner Minnie Machen, named her after characters in two little-known stories, Jane Howards Zelda, A Tale of the Massachusetts Colony and Robert Edward Francillons Zeldas Fortune. The family was descended from settlers of Long Island, who had moved to Alabama before the Civil War. By the time of Zeldas birth, the Sayres were a prominent Southern family. S and her siblings were Anthony Dickinson Sayre, Jr. Marjorie Sayre, Rosalind Sayre and Clothilde Sayre. As a child, Zelda Sayre was extremely active and she danced, took ballet lessons and enjoyed the outdoors. In 1914, Sayre began attending Sidney Lanier High School and she was bright, but uninterested in her lessons. Her work in ballet continued into high school, where she had a social life. She drank, smoked and spent much of her time with boys, a newspaper article about one of her dance performances quoted her as saying that she cared only about boys and swimming. She developed an appetite for attention, actively seeking to flout convention—whether by dancing the Charleston, or by wearing a tight, flesh-colored bathing suit to fuel rumors that she swam nude. Her fathers reputation was something of a safety net, preventing her social ruin, consequently, Sayres antics were shocking to many of those around her, and she became—along with her childhood friend and future Hollywood starlet Tallulah Bankhead—a mainstay of Montgomery gossip. Her ethos was encapsulated beneath her high-school graduation photo, Why should all life be work, lets think only of today, and not worry about tomorrow. Zelda first met the future novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald in July 1918, when he had volunteered for the army, Scott began to call her daily, and came into Montgomery on his free days. He talked of his plans to be famous, and sent her a chapter of a book he was writing and he was so taken by Zelda that he redrafted the character of Rosalind Connage in This Side of Paradise to resemble herZelda 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 so heavily publicized worldwide, she appeared on the cover of Life magazine for that reason alone. She was known and dubbed as a Poor Little Rich Girl by the media, together with socialites and other famous debutantes Barbara Hutton, Gloria Vanderbilt, Frazier was born in Quebec, Canada. Her father, Frank Duff Frazier, came from a prosperous Boston family and her mother, the former Brenda Germaine Henshaw Williams-Taylor, was the only daughter of Sir Frederick Williams-Taylor and his wife, the former Jane Fayrer Henshaw. Fraziers parents were married in December 1916, both of Fraziers parents drank heavily. At the time of her birth, Fraziers father went on an alcoholic bender, after public fights and infidelity from both sides, the couple divorced in January 1926. In March 1926, Fraziers 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, Fraziers 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 custody battle, she was ignored by both parents and spent the majority of her time at school or with her paternal grandmother. In 1933, a judge ruled that Fraziers parents would share custody. The judge stated, Neither parents appears to have been in the past, nor appears to be now, a month after the decision was handed down, Frank Frazier died of throat cancer. Although Frazier had shown promise in music and art, she lamented that she had never been given a chance to let those talents develop. The year before her 1938 debut, she was attending a school in Munich. She had begged her mother to let her stay there and continue to study, but her mother refused, with her mothers blessing, Frazier began appearing at café society functions and was regularly photographed and featured in the society pages of magazines and newspapers at the age of 12. By the time she was a teenager, the press and public began taking a keen interest in wealthy members of society who had not lost their fortunes due to the Wall Street Crash of 1929. The press eventually began calling them Glamour Girls, Frazier began to gain attention as a teenager after columnist Walter Winchell began writing about her, he reportedly coined the portmanteau celebutante in her honor. Cholly Knickerbockers prediction boosted Fraziers profile and her debutante ball became one of the most anticipated social events of 1938. Frazier was routinely photographed and popularized the famous “white-face” look, powdered white skin contrasted by red painted lips combined with perfectly coiffed dark hair, during this time, Frazier developed anorexia and bulimia to keep her weight downBrenda Frazier – Brenda Frazier
8. Dree Hemingway – Dree Louise Hemingway Crisman is an American fashion model and actress. Dree Louise Hemingway Crisman was born in Sun Valley, Idaho and she is the daughter of actress Mariel Hemingway and Stephen Crisman, as well as the niece of the late model and actress Margaux Hemingway. American author Ernest Hemingway is her maternal great-grandfather and she has a younger sister named Langley Fox Hemingway Crisman. She grew up in Ketchum, Idaho and attended Ernest Hemingway Elementary School and she later moved to California and 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 and she was presented as a debutante at the Bal des débutantes in Paris, France in 2003. Hemingway has represented major companies in print advertising as well as in fashion shows, in March 2009, she debuted at the fall/winter 09–10 catwalk show for Givenchy in Paris. In June 2009, she walked in the Calvin Klein resort 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 advertising campaign, later that year, she fronted a new advertising campaign for the Salvatore Ferragamo perfume Attimo. She was photographed by Bryan Adams for the spring 2011 issue of Zoo Magazine, Hemingway has also walked for Shiatzy Chen, House of Holland, Karl Lagerfeld, Giles, Chanel, and Rue du Mail shows. She has also done campaigns for Gucci, Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino, H&M, Chanel, Paco Rabanne and she has also done editorials for Harpers Bazaar, i-D, V, W, Numéro, and multiple national editions of Vogue. Hemingway is the Playboy Playmate in the March 2016 issue of Playboy, Hemingway followed in her mother and aunts footsteps by launching her acting career. She has appeared predominantly in independent films and her first lead role was in the U. S. independent film Starlet, directed by Sean Baker. She, along with the rest of the cast, was awarded the Robert Altman Award for the film at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards and she appeared in the music video for I Always Knew, a single from The Vaccines album Come of Age. Dree Hemingway at the Internet Movie Database The Internet Fashion DatabaseDree Hemingway – Dree Hemingway in Madrid in 2009.
9. Barbara Hutton – Barbara Woolworth Hutton was an American debutante/socialite, heiress and philanthropist. She was dubbed the Poor Little Rich Girl, first when she was given a lavish and expensive debutante ball in 1930, amid the Great Depression, heiress to the retail tycoon Frank Winfield Woolworth, Hutton was one of the wealthiest women in the world. She endured a childhood marked by the loss of her mother at age five. Married and divorced seven times, she acquired grand foreign titles but was maliciously treated, while publicly she was much envied for her possessions, her beauty and her apparent life of leisure, privately she remained deeply insecure, often taking refuge in drink, drugs, and playboys. Hutton had one child, Lance Reventlow, with her husband, but was an indifferent and insecure parent. She later developed anorexia nervosa and perhaps therefore prevented further childbirth and her son died in a plane crash in 1972 at the age of 36, leaving her devastated. She lived another seven years, dying of an attack at age 66. At her death, the formerly wealthy Hutton was on the verge of bankruptcy as a result of exploitation, as well as her compulsive generosity and spendthrift ways. Born in New York City, Barbara Hutton was the child of Edna Woolworth, a daughter of Frank W. Woolworth. Barbaras father was Franklyn Laws Hutton, a wealthy co-founder of E. F. Hutton & Company, dina Merrill related on A&Es Biography of the Woolworths, that for a time Barbara lived with them following the death of her mother and abandonment by her father. Five year old Barbara discovered her mothers body, after her mothers death, she lived with various relatives, and was raised by a governess. Hutton attended Miss Hewitts Classes, now The Hewitt School in New Yorks Lenox Hill neighborhood and Miss Porters School for Girls in Farmington and she became an introverted child who had limited interaction with other children of her own age. Her closest friend and only confidante was her cousin Jimmy Donahue, Jimmy Donahue inherited a portion of the Woolworth estate with Barbara and also grew up to have notorious, and public, drug, alcohol and relationship problems. In 1924, Barbara Huttons grandmother Jennie Woolworth died, leaving $26.1 million to Barbara in a trust fund, another $2.1 million in stock from Ednas inheritance was placed in a separate trust both of which were administered by Franklyn Hutton. The ball cost $60,000, a fortune in the days of the Depression. Public criticism was so severe that she was sent on a tour of Europe to escape the onslaught of the press. Popular poet Ogden Nash then took note of Huttons public private life in the light verse, Said Aimee McPherson to Barbara Hutton. Youll have to ask some other person and her first husband, Alexis Mdivani, used her great wealth to his advantageBarbara Hutton – Barbara Hutton
10. Ellie Kemper – Elizabeth Claire Ellie Kemper is an American actress, comedian, and writer. Kemper gained prominence when she starred in the NBC series The Office as receptionist Erin Hannon for five seasons. After her role in The Office, Kemper was cast in a role as Kimmy Schmidt in the Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Kemper is also known for her roles in the films Bridesmaids and 21 Jump Street. In summer 2015, she joined NBC News as a temporary co-host on NBCs morning news program, Kemper was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the second of four children of Dorothy Dotty Ann and David Woods Kemper, one of the wealthiest families in the State of Missouri. She is the granddaughter of Mildred Lane Kemper, the namesake of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis, kempers father was the chairman and chief executive officer of Commerce Bancshares, a bank holding company founded by the Kemper family. She is also the sister of television writer Carrie Kemper. Kemper has Italian, English, and German ancestry, the family moved to St. Louis when Kemper was five years old. She attended Conway Elementary School in the St. Louis suburb of Ladue and then high school at John Burroughs School, one of her teachers was actor Jon Hamm, with whom she appeared in a school play. In 1999, Kemper made her debut at the Veiled Prophet Ball, Kemper graduated from Princeton University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. At Princeton, she played hockey in the 1999 season. Her field hockey team went to the championship in her first year. She then attended the University of Oxford, where she studied at Worcester College towards a degree in English. Kemper continued her interest in comedy while in Princeton. Princetons oldest improv group, and the Princeton Triangle Club. She also appeared in a spot for Dunkin Donuts. Kemper earned her Screen Actors Guild card doing commercial advertising of a sale of tents at Kmart. The commercial featured her camping with a husband, and a shot in which a tarantula crawls across her faceEllie Kemper – Kemper in 2002
11. Ginevra King – Ginevra King was an American socialite, and debutante and was the inspirational muse for several characters in the novels and short stories of American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald. King was born in Chicago in 1898, the daughter of Ginevra and she, like her mother and her grandmother, was named after Leonardo da Vincis painting Ginevra de Benci. Her father was a wealthy Chicago businessman and financier and she was the eldest of three sisters, Ginevra grew up amid the Chicago social scene, as a member of the elite Big Four Chicago debutantes during World War I. She attended the Westover School in Middlebury, Connecticut, Ginevra first met Fitzgerald on January 4,1915, while visiting her roommate from Westover, Marie Hersey, in St. Paul, Minnesota. They met at a party and, according to letters and diary entries. They sent letters back and forth for months, and their romance continued until January 1917. On July 15,1918, King wrote to Fitzgerald, informing him of her engagement to William Mitchell and they were married on September 4,1918 and had three children, William, Charles, and Ginevra. Then in 1937, she left Mitchell for businessman John T. Pirie and that year she also saw Fitzgerald for the last time, in Hollywood, when she asked him which character in Gatsby was based on her, Fitzgerald replied, Which bitch do you think you are. King later founded the Ladies Guild of the American Cancer Society and she died in 1980 at the age of 82. King exerted an influence on Fitzgeralds writing, perhaps as much as his relationship with his wife. King is also featured in the books The Perfect Hour by James L. W, West III, and in a fictionalized form in Gatsbys Girl by Caroline Preston. The musical The Pursuit of Persephone tells the story of Kings romance with Fitzgerald, ISBN 0-618-53725-2 West, James L. W. The Perfect Hour, The Romance of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ginevra King, before Zelda, there was Ginevra. - at Princeton Weekly Bulletin - September 7,2003 Preston, Caroline. Excerpt, Gatsbys Girl. - at NPR - Weekend Edition Sunday, May 21,2006Ginevra 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 29,1923 and she is the only child of Post Cereals heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and her second husband, the Wall Street stockbroker Edward Francis Hutton. Merrill had two older half-sisters, Adelaide Breevort Hutton and Eleanor Post Hutton, by her mothers first marriage, to Edward Bennett Close. Merrill attended George Washington University in Washington, D. C. for one term, then dropped out and she received a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in April 2005. On advice from her half-sisters husband, she adopted the stage name Dina Merrill, borrowing from Charles E. Merrill, Merrill made her debut on the stage in the play The Mermaid Singing in 1945. During the late 1950s and 1960s, Merrill was believed to have intentionally been marketed as a replacement to Grace Kelly and she also appeared in made-for-TV movies, such as Seven in Darkness, The Lonely Profession, Family Flight and The Tenth Month. Merrill appeared regularly as a guest star on television series in the 1960s, notably as a villain, Calamity Jan. She also made guest appearances on Bonanza, The Love Boat and her stage credits include the 1983 Broadway revival of the Rodgers & Hart musical On Your Toes, starring Russian prima ballerina Natalia Makarova. In 1991, she appeared in the rotating cast of the staged reading of Wit & Wisdom. In 1991, Merrill and her husband, Ted Hartley, merged their company, Pavilion Communications. Merrill has been married three times, in 1946 she wed Stanley M. Rumbough, Jr. an heir to the Colgate-Palmolive toothpaste fortune and an entrepreneur. Two of Merrills four children predeceased their parents – David died in a accident in 1973. Dina Merrill at the Internet Movie Database In Step with, Dina Merrill, news. google. com, Cliff Robertson & Dina Merrill Take Stock and Are Bullish on the Outcome People Magazine 1981-07-31Dina Merrill – Publicity photo of Merrill in 1968
13. Tricia Nixon Cox – Patricia Tricia Nixon Cox is the elder daughter of the 37th U. S. President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon, and sister to Julie Nixon Eisenhower. In her fathers career, Cox performed a ceremonial role. Cox accompanied him on 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 February 21,1946, and 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, at her graduation on June 14,1968, her father served as a special guest speaker. Cox married Harvard Law student Edward Finch Cox in a White House Rose Garden ceremony on June 12,1971. She has lived a private life in the suburbs of New York. Her husband is now an attorney and the chairperson of the New York Republican State Committee. She serves on the boards of many institutions, as well as the Richard Nixon Foundation at the Nixon Library in CaliforniaTricia Nixon Cox – Tricia and Edward Cox in 1972
14. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – Jacqueline Lee Jackie Kennedy Onassis was the wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and First Lady of the United States from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Bouvier was the daughter of Wall Street stockbroker John Vernou Bouvier III. In 1951, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French literature from George Washington University, in 1952, Bouvier met Congressman John F. Kennedy at a dinner party. In November of that year, he was elected as a United States Senator from Massachusetts, and they had four children, two of whom died in infancy. As First Lady, she was known for her highly publicized restoration of the White House and her emphasis on arts, on November 22,1963, she was riding with the President in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, when he was assassinated. She and her children withdrew from view after his funeral. Following her second death in 1975, she had a career as a book editor for the final two decades of her life. She is remembered for her contributions to the arts and preservation of historic architecture, as well as for her style, elegance. She was an icon, and her famous ensemble of pink Chanel suit. She ranks as one of the most popular First Ladies and in 1999 was named on Gallups list of Most Admired Men and Women in 20th-century America. Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was born on July 28,1929, at Southampton Hospital in Southampton, New York, to Wall Street stockbroker John Vernou Black Jack Bouvier III, Bouviers mother was of Irish descent, and her father had French, Scottish, and English ancestry. Named after her father, Bouvier was baptized at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan and her younger sister Lee was born in 1933. Bouvier spent her childhood years in Manhattan and at Lasata. She idolized her father, who favored her over her sister. From an early age, Bouvier was an equestrienne and successfully competed in the sport. She also took lessons, was an avid reader, and excelled at learning languages. Bouvier enrolled in the Chapin School in Manhattan in 1935, which she attended for grades 1–6. She was a student but often misbehaved, one of her teachers described her as a darling child, the prettiest little girl, very clever, very artisticJacqueline Kennedy Onassis – Jacqueline Kennedy at the White House in 1961
15. Olivia Palermo – Olivia Palermo is an American socialite. In 2009, Palermo came to prominence after being cast in the reality television series The City, the daughter of real estate developer Douglas E. Palermo, who is of Italian descent, and interior designer Lynn Hutchings, Palermo grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut. As a child, she attended Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City, Palermo graduated from St. Lukes School in New Canaan, Connecticut where she was on the field hockey team. She attended the American University of Paris for a year and studied media at The New School in New York. Palermo initially denied rumors in 2008 that she would be a part of The City a spin-off of MTVs television show The Hills and she agreed to star in the series to familiarize herself with acting. The series debuted on December 29,2008, and documents the lives of the cast members in New York City and it was reported that Palermo was paid $12,000 per episode at the time. As part of the show, Palermo worked in the PR department for Diane von Fürstenberg, the second part of the first season debuted in September 2009. She was given a role and more air time. The City returned for a second and final season in 2010, Palermo was signed to Wilhelmina Models in 2009. She has appeared on the cover of magazines including Elle Mexico, Tatler, ASOS Magazine, Shop Til You Drop and she also modeled alongside her then boyfriend, Johannes Huebl, for autumn/winter 2010 campaigns by Mango and Hogan. She also launched a line with Roberta Freymann in 2010. In August 2011, Palermo was invited by Stuart Weitzman to design a shoe for charity and she became a guest editor for Piperlime. com in September of that year and appeared as a guest judge on Project Runway season 9. In October 2011, Palermo launched her website, which consists of a blog about her travels. She also appeared as a guest judge on Britain and Irelands Next Top Model, later in 2012, the New York Post revealed Palermo as the best dressed New Yorker of Page Six. Palermo was recently named the ambassador of the 2013 Maasai Project for Pikolinos. Pikolinos supports the Kenyan tribe, Maasai, with a quality of life. Furthermore, Palermo was named as Chadstones first spring/summer 2013 Icon of Style, in February 2014, Palermo, with The Fancy, started an e-commerce website. In June 2014, Palermo partnered with Shutterfly and Shutterfly by Design and her goal was to transform a New York townhouse into an exquisite home design experience using modern furnishings, stylish decorative accents, and Shutterfly home decorOlivia 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. Robertson is the wife of entrepreneur and Duck Dynasty co-star Phil Robertson and she is commonly referred to on the show as Miss Kay. She has a passion for cooking and she is the author of the cookbook Miss Kays Duck Commander Kitchen, Faith, Family, and Food--Bringing Our Home to Your Table. In high school, Kay was a cheerleader and a debutante, Kay and 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 and they have four sons, Alan, Jase, Willie, and Jep, as well as sixteen grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Miss Kays Duck Commander Kitchen, Faith, Family, and Food – Bringing Our Home to Your TableKay Robertson – Kay Robertson in 2015.
17. Gloria Vanderbilt – Gloria Laura Vanderbilt is an American artist, author, actress, fashion designer, heiress, and socialite. As an adult in the 1970s, Gloria Laura Vanderbilt became known in connection with a line of fashions, perfumes and she was particularly noted as an early developer of designer blue jeans. She is a member of the Vanderbilt family of New York, Vanderbilt was born on February 20,1924, in Manhattan, New York City, the only child of railroad heir Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt and his second wife, Gloria Morgan. When Gloria was born, her father was heard to exclaim in delight, see the corners of her eyes, how they turn up. She was baptized in the Episcopal church by Bishop Herbert Shipman as Gloria Laura Vanderbilt, after her fathers death, she was confirmed and raised in the Catholic Church, to which her mother belonged. From her fathers first marriage, to Cathleen Neilson, she had a half-sister and she and her half-sister became heiresses to a half share each in a $5 million trust fund upon her fathers death from cirrhosis when she was 18 months old. The rights to control this trust fund while Vanderbilt was a minor belonged to her mother, as a result of frequent spending, her mothers use of finances was scrutinized by the child Vanderbilts paternal aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. A sculptor and philanthropist, Whitney wanted custody of her niece, the trial was so scandalous that at times the judge would make everyone leave the room so as to listen to what young Vanderbilt had to say without anyone influencing her. Some people heard weeping and wailing inside the court room, testimony was heard depicting the mother as an unfit parent, Vanderbilts mother lost the battle and Vanderbilt became the ward of her aunt Gertrude. Vanderbilts mother was forced to live on a drastically reduced portion of her daughters trust, visitation was also closely watched to ensure that Vanderbilts mother did not exert any undue influence upon her daughter with her supposedly raucous lifestyle. Vanderbilt was raised amidst luxury at her aunt Gertrudes mansion in Old Westbury, Long Island, surrounded by cousins her age who lived in houses circling the vast estate, and in New York City. The story of the trial was told in the 1980 Barbara Goldsmith book, happy at Last, which was nominated for six Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. When Vanderbilt came of age and took control of her trust fund, she cut her mother off entirely and her mother lived for many years with her sister, Thelma, Lady Furness, in Beverly Hills and died there in 1965. Vanderbilt studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse with teacher Sanford Meisner and she became known for her artwork, giving one-woman shows of oil paintings, watercolors, and pastels. This artwork was adapted and licensed, starting about 1968, by Hallmark Cards and by Bloomcraft, and Vanderbilt began designing specifically for linens, pottery, from 1954 to 1963, Vanderbilt applied herself to acting. During this time in her life, she appeared in a number of live and filmed television dramas including Playhouse 90, Studio One in Hollywood and she also made an appearance in a two part episode of The Love Boat in 1981. Vanderbilt was also a top fashion model. During the 1970s, Vanderbilt ventured into the business, first with GlentexGloria 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 was born and raised in New York City and her parents were born in China, and came to the United States in the mid-1940s. Her mother, Florence Wu, worked as a translator for the United Nations, while her father, Cheng Ching Wang and her maternal grandfather is Fengtian clique warlord Wu Junsheng, who was killed by the Empire of Japan in the Huanggutun incident in 1928. Wang has one brother, Kenneth. Wang graduated from The Chapin School in 1967, attended the University of Paris, Wang began figure skating at the age of eight. While in high school, she trained with pairs partner James Stuart and she was featured in Sports Illustrateds Faces in the Crowd in the January 9,1968 issue. When she failed to make the US Olympics team, she entered the fashion industry, Wang continues to enjoy skating, saying, Skating is multidimensional. Wang was hired to be an editor at Vogue immediately upon graduation from Sarah Lawrence and she stayed at Vogue for 17 years, leaving in 1987 to join Ralph Lauren, who she worked for 2 years. At 40, she resigned and became an independent bridal wear designer, Wangs evening wear has also been worn by Michelle Obama. She has designed costumes for figure skaters, including Nancy Kerrigan, silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan wore a unique design of Veras for the 1994 Olympics. She designed the uniforms worn by the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders, on October 23,2001, her book, Vera Wang on Weddings, was released. In June 2005, she won the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year, on May 27,2006, Wang was awarded the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Wang was inducted into the U. S, figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2009 for her contribution to the sport as a costume designer. She has also designed a tux for William Burge, Vera was inspired by and worked closely with Elma Lunak. Wangs evening wear has been worn by stars at red carpet events, including Viola Davis at the 2012 Academy Awards. She was honored with the Council of Fashion Designers of America Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, in 2001, Wang launched her first fragrance and published a highly anticipated wedding guide. Over the years her business has continued to grow and it now includes lingerie, jewelry and products for the home. In 2006, Wang reached a deal with Kohls, a chain of department stores, in 1990, she opened her own design salon in the Carlyle Hotel in New York City that features her trademark bridal gownsVera Wang – Vera Wang