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Deeda Blair

Iconic Social Swan or B-lister?

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by Anonymousreply 19November 19, 2023 1:59 AM

She's known for her style, particularly dining, tabletop and entertaining. Her aesthetic is just slightly too cold for my taste.

by Anonymousreply 1November 18, 2023 4:55 PM

Her daughter, Selma, is not doing so well.

by Anonymousreply 2November 18, 2023 4:57 PM

Here's their house on Foxhall Road in DC.

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by Anonymousreply 3November 18, 2023 5:06 PM

I don’t know anything about her, but it’s nice to see a glimpse into another age. Where a woman who collected haute couture garments wonders than no one gets dressed any more.

by Anonymousreply 4November 18, 2023 5:13 PM

More press from 2022

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by Anonymousreply 5November 18, 2023 5:15 PM

I love the hair and outfit in OPs pic. Gorgeous.

by Anonymousreply 6November 18, 2023 5:19 PM

Why is she perched on an end table?

by Anonymousreply 7November 18, 2023 5:34 PM

Louis XVI chair, you plebeian.

by Anonymousreply 8November 18, 2023 6:52 PM

Love her.

by Anonymousreply 9November 18, 2023 6:54 PM

She's a bitch.

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by Anonymousreply 10November 18, 2023 7:06 PM

Would it kill her to smile for the photo?


by Anonymousreply 11November 18, 2023 7:16 PM

She made out like a bandit for a little gal who never got past junior college.

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by Anonymousreply 12November 18, 2023 7:40 PM

Husband's dad was a banker. Husband grew up here.

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by Anonymousreply 13November 18, 2023 7:51 PM

Was also a McCormick descendent AKA International Harvester Co.

Huge estate in Lake Forrest.

by Anonymousreply 14November 18, 2023 8:02 PM

Holy cow that WWD take down is dishy:

A family scrapbook of the Blairs’ charmed life includes a printout of an e-mail from a British admirer reporting on an uncharacteristically gushy letter purportedly published in a collection of letters written by the celebrated British intellectual and wit Nancy Mitford. Charlotte Mosley, the official editor of Mitford’s letters, contacted about the reference to Mitford marveling over the elegance of a certain American woman traveling on Charles Wrightsman’s yacht, reports there is no such letter in the collection. Instead, she received permission from the Duchess of Devonshire, Mitford’s sister “Debo,” and the executor of her letters, to share the contents of the unpublished letter, which paints a very different picture.

Mitford — not exactly a fan of Americans, as her letters to Evelyn Waugh demonstrate — writes about “a particularly ghastly Mrs. Blair,” whom she met in July 1967 when she was staying in Venice with Anna Maria Cicogna, along with fellow houseguest J. Carter Brown, the late director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

Blair tells her about a recent visit to Chatsworth, the home of the Duchess of Devonshire. “I said, Pity Debo wasn’t there,” Mitford writes. “She said, in strong American dialect I can’t write so will translate, it was a mercy because we didn’t have to be polite, we could concentrate on the art. I furiously told Carter (staying here) this piece of effrontery & he said My dear, Americans don’t spend their time reading Debrett; she can’t have known you were sisters. Still, I said ‘Debo’ so she must have known I was a great friend. Quelle insolente.’’

Mitford’s comments aside, others also aren’t fans of the Blair touch. “Deeda’s charm is the charm of a dinner party,” says one Lasker Foundation insider. “She’s good at putting people together, but she gives the illusion of being conspiratorial.”

by Anonymousreply 15November 18, 2023 8:09 PM

She’s a bit of a throwback (and last of) International socialites. She’s smart, wealthy and, has taste and discipline. She’s from a time before stylists and professional party planners- of private dinners managed by a hostess with ample staff (cook, etc).

by Anonymousreply 16November 19, 2023 1:24 AM

Love her Paulie Walnuts stripes.

by Anonymousreply 17November 19, 2023 1:52 AM

That photo looks like an elegant advertisement describing the heartbreak of hemorrhoids.

by Anonymousreply 18November 19, 2023 1:55 AM

I was going to type “I don’t know why I like her but I do,” but then charlie posted r16 and he said it all.

by Anonymousreply 19November 19, 2023 1:59 AM
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