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Top 75 Int'l High Society Personalities and Resources

"A fortune of only a million is respectable poverty." - Ward McAllister.

In Western culture. HIGH SOCIETY, also called in some contexts simply "the Society", is a category of people deemed to have greater wealth, social status or prestige than the rest of the population. It includes their related affiliations, social events and practices. Various social clubs were open to members based on assessments of their ranking and role within high society, and in American high society, the Social Register is a key resource for identifying qualified members.

Members of high society receive media attention in various ways, such as listing in the Social Register, coverage in the society pages of newspapers, or through distinctive public identifiers, such as the "upper tens" in mid-19th century New York City, or "the 400", Ward McAllister's late 19th-century term for the number of people Mrs William Backhouse Astor, Jr's ballroom could supposedly accommodate, although the actual number was 273.

Debutantes are young female members of high society being officially presented for the first time, at debutante balls or cotillions.

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  • 3-DIGIT SCORE COULD DICTATE YOUR PLACE IN SOCIETY - Wired.
  • 10 Tips for Table Talk at Your Next Dinner Party - The New York Times.
  • 12 Original Playboys of the Jetset Sixties - Kempt.
  • 28 WORDS THAT ONLY POSH PEOPLE USE - Tatler.
  • absurd diets of the rich & famous - The Guardian.
  • Al Smith Dinner | Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner - since 1945. "For more than seventy years, luminous guest speakers have stepped from the world stage to honor and entertain Annual Dinner audiences with their light humor and political savvy." Annual white tie fundraiser for Catholic charities supporting needy children held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York on the third Thursday of October. It is generally the last event at which the two U.S. presidential candidates share a stage before the election.
  • American socialites - Wikipedia.
  • 'Are you married or do you live in Kenya' - the aficionadoes of scandalous gossip about British colonial high society still like to recall a classic case of murder in Happy Valley. That was the enclave in the White Highlands of Kenya, where the sexual escapades of British aristocrats in exile inspired the question 'Are you married or do you live in Kenya?'
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  • Beau Monde - the fashionable world; high society.
  • Black Tie Dress Code explained - British GQ.
  • Bon Ton - term commonly used to refer to Britain's high society during the late Regency and the reign of George IV, and later. It is a French word meaning (in this sense) "manners" or "style" and is pronounced as in French. The full phrase is le bon ton meaning "good manners" or "good form" – characteristics held as ideal by the British beau monde.
  • Bright young things - nickname given by the tabloid press to a group of bohemian young aristocrats and socialites in 1920s London. They threw elaborate fancy dress parties, went on elaborate treasure hunts through nighttime London, drank heavily and used drugs.
  • Brownie points - in modern usage are a hypothetical social currency, which can be acquired by doing good deeds or earning favor in the eyes of another, often one's superior.
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  • CafÉ society - collective description for the so-called "Beautiful People" and "Bright Young Things" who gathered in fashionable cafes and restaurants in New York, Paris, and London beginning in the late 19th century.
  • Cafe Society: Socialites, Patrons, and Artists 1920-1960 - Amazon.com.
  • Cave Dweller - a term, indigenous to Washington, that defines a member of those families who have resided here for generations and whose bloodlines are woven into the warp and woof of the nation's capital.
  • Celebrity Register (1973). Editor-in-Chief: Earl Blackwell (1913-1995).
  • Celebrity Register - "An Irreverent Compendium of American Quotable Notables." 1963. Editors: Earl Blackwell & Cleveland Amory.
  • CELEBRITY Service International - "The premier information resource on people in the public eye since 1939, providing accurate and up-to-date contact information on celebrities."
  • Cholly Knickerbocker - house pseudonym, owned by the Hearst newspaper chain, of a gossip columnist for the New York Journal-American, which was published from 1937 to 1966.
  • CITYFILE NEW YORK - guide to the most notable and influential New Yorkers.
  • Climbing the Socialite Ladder, One Gala at a Time - The New York Times.
  • Cliveden Set.
  • Cliveden set - were a 1930s, upper class group of prominent individuals politically influential in pre-World War II Britain, who were in the circle of Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor.
  • Coming out (party) - traditional term for debutante's ball.
  • Cotillion figures demonstrated in the Festsaal, Hofburg, Vienna, in 2008.
  • Cotillion - social dance, popular in 18th-century Europe and America. Originally for four couples in square formation, it was a courtly version of an English country dance, the forerunner of the quadrille and, in the United States, the square dance. Cotillions are also used as classes to teach social etiquette, respect and common morals for the younger ages with the possibility of leading up to a débutante ball.
  • Debutantes dancing.
  • Cotillion ball - in American usage, a cotillion is a formal ball and social gathering, often the venue for presenting débutantes during the débutante season – usually May through December.
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  • Daisy Fellowes - "The most wicked woman in High Society."
  • DÉBUTANTE - (from the French débutante, "female beginner") is a girl or young woman of an aristocratic or upper-class family who has reached maturity and, as a new adult, comes out into society at a formal "debut". Originally, the term meant the woman was old enough to be married, and part of the purpose of her coming out was to display her to eligible bachelors and their families with a view to marriage within a select circle.
  • DÉclassÉ - degraded from one's social class.
  • Dede Wilsey Is the Defiant Socialite - The New York Times.
  • Kate Coleman and the Diamond Horseshoe.
  • Diamond Horseshoe - was the ring of seats for the rich patrons of the original Metropolitan Opera House, 1411 Broadway (between 39th and 40th Streets), New York City, U.S.A. The opera house was built in the 1880s and was destroyed in 1966, when the Metropolitan re-opened in Lincoln Center.
  • Dollar Princess - the fabulously rich daughters of the new American billionaires of the 19th century who came to England looking for the one thing they couldn't buy at home: a title.
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  • Elsa Maxwell (1883-1963).
  • ELSA MAXWELL - (1883-1963). American gossip columnist and author, songwriter, and professional hostess renowned for her parties for royalty and high society figures of her day. Maxwell is credited with the introduction of the scavenger hunt and treasure hunt for use as party games in the modern era.
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  • Fairytale of the jetset swans - Nick Foulkes looks back in rapture at the effortless glamour of the 1960s globetrotting elite.
  • Famous for being famous - Wikipedia.
  • Forbes sells directory that catalogs Old Money families - New York Post.
  • FOUR HUNDRED - the social elite of New York City in the late 19th century. To be a member of "The Four Hundred," a family must be able to trace its wealth and lineage at least three generations without being tainted by any work.
  • Four-Pack - "City Hopping Among the Wealthiest."
  • Four Social Seasons (U.S.) - The Four Social Seasons in the U.S.A. started with spring, or the "petit saison", for horse racing; summer for the Hamptons or other cooler country climes; fall for riding to hounds; winter for the debutante balls, and deep winter for Palm Beach or sport fishing in the Keys.
  • French socialites - Wikipedia.
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  • Gilded Age - Wikipedia.
  • grande dame - woman who is socially prominent, respected, and experienced, especially one who is haughty and advanced in age.
  • Guide to the 2016 Hamptons Party Social Circuit - The New York Times.
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  • Happy Valley set - group of hedonistic British and Anglo-Irish aristocrats and adventurers who settled in the "Happy Valley" region of the Wanjohi Valley, near the Aberdare mountain range, in colonial Kenya and Uganda between the 1920s and the 1940s. From the 1930s the group became infamous for its decadent lifestyles and exploits following reports of drug use and sexual promiscuity.
  • haut monde - Fashionable society.
  • Hedda Hopper (1885-1966).
  • Hedda Hopper - (1885-1966). One of America's best-known gossip columnists, notorious for feuding with her arch-rival Louella Parsons.
  • Henry Symes 'Harry' Lehr (1869-1929).
  • Henry Symes "Harry" Lehr - (1869-1929). Socialite and the husband of Elizabeth "Bessie" Wharton Drexel. Using his wife's fortune and his reputation as "The Fun-maker" of New York and Newport society, Lehr attempted to establish himself as successor to Ward McAllister.
  • High society - Wikipedia.
  • hostess with the mostess - a most dedicated hostess willing to please everyone.
  • How climbing the social ladder could hold the key to a long & healthy life - The Telegraph.
  • How the upper classes 'bonk' - The Telegraph.
  • How to spot a socialite - The Rich Life. Blog written by David Desmond, a columnist for The Palm Beach Daily News.
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  • Igor Cassini (1915-2002).
  • Igor Cassini - (1915-2002). "King of society gossip." American syndicated gossip columnist for the Hearst newspaper chain. He was the second journalist to write the Cholly Knickerbocker column. He also coined the term "JET SET". The term, which replaced café society, came from the lifestyle of traveling from one stylish or exotic place to another via jet plane.
  • International Celebrity Register - 1959. Editors: Earl Blackwell, Cleveland Amory & Sydney Wolfe Cohen.
  • 58th International Debutante Ball 2012 New York City.
  • International Debutante Ball - since 1954. Invitation-only formal debutante ball to present young ladies from upper-class families to high society. Founded in 1954, it occurs every two years at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Young women from around the globe and all over the United States are brought together at the ball and the surrounding parties, including daughters of Presidents of the United States, diplomats, nobility, senators, ambassadors and governors. The International Debutante Ball is considered the most prestigious and the most exclusive debutante ball in the world.
  • Irving Paul Lazar (1907-1993) and Diana Ross.
  • Irving Paul Lazar - (1907-1993). American talent agent, dealmaker and social arbiter. Through the wit of his occasional client Humphrey Bogart, became known as “Swifty.” He was a tremendous snob who prided himself on his ability to get huge commissions for his literary (or acting) clients without having seen or read their work. Every Oscar night he gave a big party (for stars only – his definition of course) at Spago when it was located on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. On Lazar's list, success has replaced Ward McAllister's criterion of pedigree. "Are you going to Swifty's?," people in Hollywood asked weeks in advance of the upcoming Academy Awards event.
  • It’s Called the Met Gala, but It’s Definitely Anna Wintour’s Party - The New York Times.
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  • Jackie Kennedy: The First Instagram First Lady - The New York Times.
  • Jacques de Bascher (1951–1989).
  • Jacques de Bascher - (1951–1989). "The man who fuelled the rivalry between former friends Karl Lagerfeld & Yves Saint Laurent by having a love affair with both of them and the reason Karl Lagerfeld suffered from a broken heart for years."
  • Jerry Zipkin - (1915-1995), a celebrated fixture on the international social scene for almost half a century, often referred to as "a man about everywhere."
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  • Knickerbocker - was a term for Manhattan's aristocracy "in the early days" and became a general term, now obsolete, for a New Yorker.
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  • Lee Radziwill Interview - YouTube 12:11.
  • Lee Radziwill, Jackie Kennedy's elegant younger sister - The Telegraph.
  • List of American heiresses - list of some American socialites, from the Gilded Age to the end of the 20th century, who married into the European nobility, peerage and royalty.
  • Lobster Palace Society - from the late 1890s through the 1910s, there emerged a spectacular, dazzling nightlife along Broadway. The classic way to spend a night on Broadway began with cocktails, then to a show, then to one of the gaudy, extravagant “lobster palaces.”
  • Locust Valley lockjaw accent - colloquial term for a brand of speech, widely recognized as the stereotypical upper class American accent and usually associated with the traditional elite of the New York metropolitan area, particularly those on the North Shore of Long Island.
  • Louella Parsons (1881-1972).
  • Louella Parsons - (1881-1972). The first American movie columnist. She was retained by William Randolph Hearst, possibly because she had praised Hearst's mistress Marion Davies, and her columns were read by 20 million people in 400 newspapers worldwide.
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  • Maury Henry Biddle 'Cholly Knickerbocker' Paul (1890-1942).
  • Maury Paul - (1890-1942). Journalist who became famous as a society columnist for the New York American. Writing under the pseudonym "Cholly Knickerbocker", he coined the term "CafÉ Society". In addition to coining the phrase "Café Society" to describe the people who frequented tony night clubs and expensive restaurants, he also invested the expression "The Old Guard" (the "Four Hundred") for the venerable New York families. Paul focused on the very well-born and extremely rich. In addition to his daily column, each week he wrote three features for the Sunday edition of the American. The column and features were carried by the over 60 newspapers of the Hearst syndicate. On 17 July 1942, Paul died of a heart condition at his New York home. He was 52 years old. He was succeeded as Cholly Knickerbocker by Igor Cassini.
  • Max Jacobson (1900-1979) - The Strange Saga of JFK and the Original ‘Dr. Feelgood’.
  • Max Jacobson - (1900-1979). German-born New York physician, nicknamed "Miracle Max" and "Dr. Feelgood", who administered amphetamines and other medications to several high-profile clients, including President John F. Kennedy.
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  • NEW YORK JEWELRY DIARY - by Clive Kandel.
  • New York Social Diary.
  • NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY - since 2000. "Your Link To Society." Website that publishes photographs of various socialites and also provides a calendar of events that they might attend.
  • Nouvelle Society - a term coined by a Women's Wear Daily (WWD) editor to denote a glittering Vanity Fair of new money and conspicuous consumption that flourished in New York in the 1980s.
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  • Old Guard vs CafÉ Society - "Old Guard types (the Mrs. Astor Set who liked sitting in their clubs and drawing rooms) eschewed all notoriety beyond weddings, funerals, and debuts. Café Society liked, really liked, getting their names in the papers." (The People, the Planes, the Glamour, and the Romance in Aviation's Glory Years Jet Set by William Stadiem.
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  • Park Avenue Princesses
  • Petit Saison - of the four social seasons in the U.S.A., Spring was called "Petit Saison".
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  • Ready, steady, pout ... how selfies can help you climb the social ladder - "A new paper suggests that ‘sexy selfies’ can help women out-compete one another. But is this about gendered oppression - or academics selecting eye-catching areas of research?"
  • Royal Ascot, Epsom, Wimbledon & Goodwood - "The definitive guide to what you can and cannot wear."
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  • Season (society) - historically referred to the annual period when it is customary for members of a social elite of society to hold debutante balls, dinner parties and large charity events.
  • Sheilah Graham (1904-1988).
  • Sheilah Graham - (1904-1988). British born, nationally syndicated American gossip columnist during Hollywood's "Golden Age". Along with Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper, Graham came to wield sufficient power to make or break Hollywood careers — prompting her to describe herself as "the last of the unholy trio."
  • Social Elite - Wikipedia.
  • The Palm Beach Florida and Bahama's Social Index Directory Volume LXX (1991).
  • Social Index-Directory - since 1921. The Social Index-Directory (aka 'The Black Book') each season publishes an index of residents and seasonal visitors to Palm Beach, Miami, the Bahamas and other Florida Resorts. Those listed in the Social Index-Directory have recognized social standing in their communities, both in Florida and their other residences. 265 Sunrise Avenue #204, Palm Beach, FL 33480.
  • SOCIAL JET LAG - the fatigue you experience after trying to cram in too many social activities into one's schedule.
  • Social Register - directory of names and addresses of prominent American families who form the social elite. The original New York Social Register first was published in 1886 by Louis Keller, a German-American of wide social acquaintance, who combined the "visiting lists" of a number of fashionable ladies to compile the families included.
  • SOCIAL REGISTER Association - directory of names and addresses of prominent American families who form the social elite (socialites) in the United States (approx. 25,000 entries).
  • SOCIAL SECRETARY - "...not to be confused with a personal assistant."
  • SOCIALITE - Wikipedia.
  • SOCIALITE: A HISTORY - New York Social Diary.
  • Socialites by nationality - Wikipedia.
  • Society of Patriarchs - (1872-1897). Was a committee of 25 “representative men of worth, respectability, and responsibility.” created by Ward McAllister in 1872. Each member of the Society was responsible for distributing a certain number of invitations, with the goal to unite the old and newly rich in conducting each season’s 'most brilliant balls.'"
  • Sociolect - variety of language (a register) associated with a social group such as a socioeconomic class, an ethnic group (precisely termed ethnolect), an age group, etc.
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  • TATLER - primary focus is on social trends of the upper class. Parties and society events are also portrayed. It also reports on luxury fashions and high-jewellery.
  • Tatler's guide to snobbery - The Guardian.
  • The Big Dame Hunters Are A Dying Breed - Chicago Tribune.
  • The Complicated Sisterhood of Jackie Kennedy & Lee Radziwill - Vanity Fair.
  • The Man Who Made ‘Everyone Look So Famous’ - "That was how Andy Warhol described Richard Bernstein, who gave Interview magazine covers their signature look. Everyone wanted it - until they didn’t."
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  • The Titled Americans: Three American Sisters & the British Aristocratic World into Which They Married - Amazon.com.
  • The Triumverate - Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish, Mrs. O. H. P. Belmont & Mrs. Hermann Oelrichs.
  • Tilden's Extract - "It cost six cents for half an ounce and could be purchased at any drug store in New York. It was recommended for 'over-wrought hostesses,' who were advised to take a small dose before receiving guests or going out to dinner, to prepare them for the 'rigors' of the evening ahead. Tilden's was pure extract of hashish." (Life at the Dakota: New York's Most Unusual Address - Amazon.com.)
  • Titled Americans, 1890: The Real Heiresses' Guide to Marrying An Aristocrat - Amazon.com.
  • Top 10 International Society Events of the Year
  • Top 20 Socialites of All Time - New York Magazine.
  • Tout-Paris - ("everyone in Paris") is a French expression referring to the fashionable and affluent elite of the city, who frequent fashionable events and places, and establish trends in upper-class culture. It is equivalent to the "jet set" elsewhere.
  • Town Topics - (1879-1937). Notorious weekly published in New York City reporting high-society peccadilloes and often identifying perpetrators by name.
  • Truman Capote at his Masked Black and White Ball at NYC's Plaza Hotel in 1966.
  • Truman Capote's Swans - the legendary beauties of a long gone New York who constituted his friends and muses, whom Truman Capote nicknamed his "swans", they included among others: Babe Paley (“Swan numero uno”), Gloria Guinness, C.Z. Guest (“the cool vanilla lady with champagne hair”), Marella Agnelli (“the European swan numero uno”), Lee Radziwill (“a special friendship”) and Slim Keith.
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  • vanderbuilding - definition & explanation.
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  • Waldorf's Sert Room Restaurant (1931-1939).
  • Waldorf's Sert Room Restaurant - located opposite the Empire Room on the north side of the Park Avenue Foyer, the Sert Room received its name from a series of 15 sepia-tone murals by Spanish artist José Maria Sert along its walls. The Sert Room was primarily used to house private social gatherings and charity events during the '30s.
  • Nan Kempner, Jerry Zipkin, and Blaine Trump, 1991.
  • Walker - a woman's escort at a social event. It is believed that the term "walker," first used by Women's Wear Daily, was coined to describe Jerry Zipkin (1915-1995), a celebrated fixture on the international social scene for almost half a century, often referred to as "a man about everywhere."
  • Want to Live in Grey Gardens? - former home of Edith Bouvier.
  • Ward McAllister (1827-1895).
  • Ward McAllister - (1827-1895). Self-appointed arbiter of New York society from the 1860s to the early 1890s, and Mrs. Astor's "Social Minister". Coined the phrase "the Four Hundred". According to him, this was the number of people in New York who really mattered; the people who felt at ease in the ballrooms of high society.
  • What a Swell Party it Was.
  • What a Swell Party it Was - New York Social Diary.
  • What Happened to Paris Hilton? Paris Hilton Now in 2016 - Los Angeles Times.
  • What Is the Met Gala? - "Deconstructing the party of the year, including how much it costs, who hosts & what you have to wear."
  • What Is the Met Gala, and Who Gets to Go? - The New York Times.
  • What Tatler missed in their guide to snobbery - ready meals, public transport & swearing.
  • What the cleaner saw: dirty secrets of the upper crust
  • Why You Should Write More Thank You Notes - "A new study says sending gratitude letters and thank-you notes may have unexpected benefits for recipients and senders alike."
  • William d'Alton Mann (1839-1920): 'The rudest man of the twentieth century was a master of every social grace'.
  • William d'Alton Mann - (1839-1920). American Civil War soldier, businessman, and newspaper and magazine publisher. As editor of Town Topics raised it to a hitherto unmatched mastery in the art of scandal. The gossip was personal, vicious, salacious. But the sophistication with which Mann served it up was a world above that of latter-day tabloids like the National Enquirer or the Globe.
  • Working rich - defined having a net worth of between US$1 million and US$10 million and still working for a living (2008).
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