Luscious list: Epicureans, socialites, hosts, philanthropists, and entertainers

A list of some of the most fascinating, famous and infamous people that have affected the social scene in recent history…

A young Princess Caroline of Monaco.jpgAlexandra von Furstenberg and her former mother-in-law, Diana von Furstenberg.jpgAmanda Burden and  Cornelia Guest.jpgAmanda Hearst2.jpgAnne Bass in New York.pngBarbara Hutton and Porfirio Rubirosa.jpgbaron-philippe-de-rothschild-in-a-wine-cellar-at-chateau-mouton-rothschild.jpgBrenda Diana Duff Frazier.jpgBrooke Russell Kuser Marshall Astor.jpgCarolyne Roehm with then-husband Henry Kravis and Barbara Walters.jpgChristina Onassis.jpgCole Porter2.pngConsuelo Vanderbilt Spencer-Churchill Balsan, former Duchess of Marlborough2.jpgCornelia Guest.jpgCZ Guest.jpgDaisy Fellowes.jpgDaphne Guinness 2.jpgDeborah  Mitford Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire3.jpgDiana, Pamela and Deborah Mitford in later life.jpgDoris Duke.jpgEdith aka Edie Sedgwick.jpgEdwina Ashley Mountbatten, Countess Mountbatten of Burma.jpgF. Scott and Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald.jpgFleur Cowles.jpgNPG Ax39664; Georgia Sitwell (nÈe Doble) by Francis GoodmanGloria Guinness2.jpgGloria Morgan Vanderbilt.jpgGloria Vanderbilt DiCicco Stokowski Lumet Cooper with Marlene Dietrich at the Circus Madison New York 1953.jpgGrace Hinds Duggan Curzon, Marchioness Curzon of Kedleston.jpgHelen Hay Whitney.jpgHenry Ford II and Jock Whitney with Their Wives.jpgIris Tree Moffat von Ledebur-Wicheln.jpgJamie Oliver2.jpgJennie Jerome Churchill with her sons.jpgJessica aka Decca Mitford.jpgJock Whitney.jpgJulia Child.jpgLady Diana Manners Cooper, Viscountess Norwich.jpgLady Diana Mosley and former Fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley.pngLee Kennedy Canfield Radziwill Ross in background, Jackie Kennedy in front.jpgLee Kennedy Canfield Radziwill Ross.jpgLiliane Schueller Bettencourt2.jpgLord Randolph Churchill.jpgLydia Hearst-Shaw on the cover of Vogue magazine.jpgLynn Forester Platt Stein de Rothschild.jpgMarella Agnelli.jpgMarie-Antoinette.jpgMarie-Chantal Miller, Crown Princess of Greece, Princess of Denmark.jpgMartha Kostyra Stewart.jpgMrs Evangeline Bell Bruce wearing Balenciaga in 1957.jpgNancy Langhorne Astor, Viscountess Astor.jpgNancy Mitford.jpgNigella Lawson.jpgPamela Digby Churchill Hayward Harriman.jpgPaul Bocuse.jpgPauline Potter Leser de Rothschild.jpgPhilippe de Rothschild.jpgPorfirio Rubirosa with Doris Duke.jpgPrincess Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto Agnelli.jpgRosario, wife of Prince Kyril of Bulgaria.jpgSid Bass and Mercedes Tavacoli Kellogg Bass on their wedding day.jpgSlim Keith with Diana Vreeland and her husband Reed.jpgSlim Keith.jpgSocialites Gloria Guinness and Bill and Babe Paley.jpgThe Cushing sisters.jpgTHE Mrs Caroline Astor in 1875.jpgTrish Deseine2.jpgTruman Capote.jpgUnity Mitford.jpgViolet Bonham Carter Asquith.jpgWallis and Edward of Windsor.jpgYves Saint Laurent and Nan Kempner.jpgAline, Countess of Romanones.jpgambassador-alfred-duff-cooper-and-lady-diana-leaving-the-russian-embassy-after-the-party.jpgAnne Randolph Hearst and Jay McInerney.jpgAnthony Bourdain.gifBarbara Woolworth Hutton2.jpgBetsy Newling Bloomingdale.jpgSocialite Brenda Frazier in Hattie Carnegie GownBrooke Astor in her library.jpgBunny Mellon (2).jpgCarolyne Roehm Kravis.jpgCecil Beaton.jpgConsuelo Vanderbilt Spencer-Churchill Balsan, former Duchess of Marlborough.jpgCZ Guest & Doc Holden.jpgDaphne Guinness 1.jpgDeborah  Mitford Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire2.jpgDiana and Nancy Mitford, two of the infamous Mitford sisters.jpgDoris Duke in limousine.jpgNPG x11431; (Alfred) Duff Cooper, 1st Viscount Norwich by Howard CosterEdie Sedgwick2.jpgNPG P503,Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII),by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)Eleanor Lambert.jpgElsie de Wolfe, Lady Mendl.jpgEvangeline Bruce2.jpgEvelyn Waugh2.jpgFlorence Fleur Freidman Klapper Pettingell Cowles.jpegGianni Agnelli2.jpgGloria Morgan Vanderbilt with her daughter.jpgGloria Vanderbilt2.jpgHarold Nicolson.jpgHelen Hay Whitney on her wedding day.jpgIris Tree.jpgJacqueline Kennedy and her friend Rachel aka Bunny Mellon.jpgJackie Kennedy Standing With Janet AuchinclossJennie Jerome Spencer-Churchill.jpgNew York Mets owner Joan PaysonJulia McWilliams Child.jpgLady Diana Manners by John Singer Sargent.jpgNPG x144301; Lady Ottoline Morrell; William Arthur Cavendish-Bentinck, 6th Duke of Portland by Unknown photographerLee Kennedy Canfield Radziwill Ross1.pngLily Auchincloss.jpgMarco Pierre White.jpgMarie-Antoinette, archduchess of Austria, Queen of France.jpgMarie-Chantal Miller, Crown Princess of Greece, on her wedding day.jpgMarion Davies.jpgMartha Kostyra.jpgMary Victoria Leiter.jpgMinnie Cushing Astor.jpgNan Kempner.jpgNancy Langhorne Astor.jpgNancy Mitford2.jpgNigella Lawson Diamond Saatchi.jpgPamela Digby Churchill Hayward Harriman.gifBaroness Philippe de Rothschild in Drawing Room with DogPia Christina Miller Getty.jpgPorfirio Rubirosa with Odile.jpgPrincess Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto Agnelli on her wedding day.jpgSlim Keith and Jimmy Stewart.jpgThe Miller sisters2.jpgThe Mitford girls - Jessica, Nancy, Diana, Unity and Pamela.jpgThe royal wedding of Princess Caroline of Monaco and Philippe Junot.jpgTrish Deseine1.jpgViolet Bonham Carter, Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury.jpgWallis Warfield Spencer.jpegZelda Sayre Fitzgerald.jpgAlain Ducasse.jpgAline, Countess of Romanones2.jpgAmanda Hearst.jpgAnne Bass and her boyfriend, artist Julian Lethbridge.jpgAnnette de la Renta and Brooke Astor on their way to the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue in 1990.jpgBabe Paley 1946.jpgBarbara Woolworth Hutton.jpgBaron Philippe de Rothschild and Wife Baroness Pauline.jpgBetsy Mortimer Roosevelt Whitney and sister.jpgBianca Jagger.jpgBrenda Diana Duff Frazier2.jpgBrooke Astor and pup.jpgBunny Mellon.jpgCaroline Schermerhorn Astor.jpgCarroll Petrie.jpgCecil Beaton shoots Daisy Fellowes in 1930.jpgCole Porter.jpgConsuelo Vanderbilt with newphew Winston Churchill.jpgCornelia Guest (2).jpgCynthia Curzon Mosley.jpgDaphne Guinness - fashion editorial.jpgDeborah  Mitford Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire.jpgDeborah and Jessica Mitford.jpgEdie Sedgwick.jpgEdward, Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson Windsor.jpgEleanor Lambert 1963.jpgElizabeth David.jpgElizabeth Wharton Drexel.jpgElsie de Wolfe in 1880.jpgEvangeline Bruce.jpgEvelyn Waugh.jpgFleur Cowles.pngNPG Ax39596; Georgia Sitwell (nÈe Doble) by Francis GoodmanGianni Agnelli.jpgGloria Morgan Vanderbilt (left) with her identical twin, Thelma, Viscountess Furness, in 1955.JPGGloria Vanderbilt.jpgHarold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West on the steps.jpgHelen Hay Whitney by Frances Benjamin Johnston.jpgJackie Kennedy in 1946 with her mother Janet Norton Lee Bouvier.jpgJamie Oliver.jpgJanet Norton Lee Bouvier Auchincloss Morris and family.jpgJennie Jerome.JPGJoe Bolker and his then-wife Christina Onassis in the early 1970s.jpgJulia Child2.jpgLady Alexandra Curzon aka Baba and her new husband Fruity Metcalfe.jpgLady Diana Cooper.jpgLady Diana Mitford Guinness Mosley.jpgLady Ottoline Cavendish-Bentinck Morrell.jpgLiliane Schueller Bettencourt.jpgLORD_AND_LADY_MOUNTBATTEN.jpgLydia Hearst-Shaw in pink lingerie.jpgLynn Forester Platt Stein de Rothschild, Lady de Rothschild.gifNPG x24266; Margaret Emma Alice ('Margot') Asquith (nÈe Tennant), Countess of Oxford and Asquith by Howard CosterMarie-Chantal Miller engagment photo.jpgmartha-stewart-yearbook-high-school-young-1959-photo.jpgMary Victoria Leiter Curzon, Baroness Curzon of Kedleston.pngMercedes Tavacoli Kellogg Bass.jpgMick Jagger and Bianca Perez-Mora Macias - Gallery.jpgNan Kempner, Yves Saint Laurent and Carrie Donovan.jpgNancy Cunard 1.jpgNancy Viscountess Astor by John Singer Sargent.jpegPamela Digby.jpgBaroness Pauline de RothschildPia Miller.jpgPorfirio Rubirosa with Zsa Zsa Gabor.jpgPrincess Rosario and Prince Kyril of Bulgaria for Vanity Fair.pngSir Oswald Mosley and Lady Cynthia Curzon Mosley.jpgSlim Heyward.jpgThe Miller sisters.jpgThe Mitford family, Lord Resedale.jpgThe wedding of Brian Guinness and the Hon Diana Mitford in 1929.jpgTrish Deseine.jpgGloria Vanderbilt and Truman CapoteNPG x86412; (Helen) Violet Bonham Carter (nÈe Asquith), Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury by Elliott & FryVita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson.jpg

If you’re looking for an interesting read, the people on this list are a combination of luscious and not-so-luscious, but enthralling in their own ways.

My personal favourite is “the socialite”. A great example of this is the British-born Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward Harriman who could be considered a modern-day courtesan, learning how to “get ahead” in life by seducing and marrying many prominent men, ultimately becoming a political activist for the United States Democratic Party and a diplomat.

She died, as United States Ambassador to France, whilst swimming in the pool at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, in 1997. Whether you like her approach to life, or not, it is certainly fascinating.

Here’s my list of epicureans, socialites, hosts, philanthropists, and entertainers…

Alain Ducasse

Alexandra “Baba” Curzon Metcalfe

Alexandra Miller von Fürstenberg

Aline, Countess of Romanones

Amanda Randolph Hearst

Anne Hendricks Bass

Anne Randolph Hearst

Annette Mannheimer de la Renta

Anthony Bourdain

Barbara “Babe” Cushing Mortimer Paley

Barbara Woolworth Hutton Mdivani von Haugwitz-Hardenberg-Reventlow Grant Troubetzkoy Rubirosa von Cramm Doan

Betsy Newling Bloomingdale

Betsy Mortimer Roosevelt Whitney

Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias Jagger

Brenda Diana Duff Frazier

Brooke Russell Kuser Marshall Astor

Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Lloyd Mellon

C. Z. Guest (aka Lucille Douglas Cochrane)

Caroline, Princess of Hanover, Hereditary Princess of Monaco

Caroline Webster Schermerhorn Astor (aka “the” Mrs Astor)

Caroline “Lee” Kennedy Canfield Radziwill Ross

Carolyne Smith Roehm Kravis

Carroll McDaniel de Portago Petrie

Cecil Beaton

Christina Onassis Bolker Andreadis Kauzov Roussel

Cole Porter

Consuelo Vanderbilt Spencer-Churchill Balsan, former Duchess of Marlborough

Cornelia Cochrane Churchill Guest

Cynthia Curzon Mosley, Lady Mosley

Marguerite “Daisy” de Glücksberg de Broglie Fellowes

Daphne Guinness Niarchos

Deborah “Debo” Mitford Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire

Lady Diana Manners Cooper, Viscountess Norwich

Lady Diana Mitford Guinness Mosley

Dolores von Fürstenberg-Herdringen Guinness

Doris Duke Cromwell Rubirosa

Duff Cooper, 1st Viscount Norwich

Edith “Edie” Sedgwick

Edward, Duke of Windsor, former King Edward VIII

Edwina Ashley Mountbatten, Countess Mountbatten of Burma

Eleanor Berkson Conner Lambert

Elsie de Wolfe, Lady Mendl

Elizabeth Gwynne David

Elizabeth Wharton Drexel Dahlgren Lehr Beresford

Evangeline Bell Bruce

Evelyn Waugh

Ferran Adrià

Florence “Fleur” Freidman Klapper Pettingell Cowles

Georgia Doble Sitwell

Gianni Agnelli

Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt

Gloria Rubio y Alatorre Scholtens von Fürstenberg-Herdringen Fakhry Bey Guinness

Gloria Vanderbilt DiCicco Stokowski Lumet Cooper

Grace Hinds Duggan Curzon, Marchioness Curzon of Kedleston

Harold Nicolson

Helen Hay Whitney

Iris Tree Moffat von Ledebur-Wicheln

Janet Norton Lee Bouvier Auchincloss Morris

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

Jamie Oliver

Jeanette “Jennie” Jerome Spencer-Churchill Cornwallis-West Porch, Lady Randolph Churchill

Jessica Mitford Romilly Treuhaft

Joan Whitney Payson

John “Jock” Hay Whitney

Julia McWilliams Child

Liliane Schueller Bettencourt

Lily van Ameringen Auchincloss

Lydia Hearst-Shaw

Lynn Forester Platt Stein de Rothschild, Lady de Rothschild

Marco Pierre White

Princess Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto Agnelli

Emma “Margot” Tennant Asquith, Countess of Oxford and Asquith

Marie-Antoinette, archduchess of Austria, Queen of France

Marie-Chantal Miller, Crown Princess of Greece, Princess of Denmark

Marie-Hélène van Zuylen van Nyevelt de Nicolay de Rothschild

Marion Davies Brown

Martha “Sunny” Sharp Crawford von Bülow

Martha Kostyra Stewart

Mary “Minnie” Cushing Mortimer Astor Fosburg

Mary Victoria Leiter Curzon, Baroness Curzon of Kedleston

Mercedes Tavacoli Kellogg Bass

Mona Travis Strader Schlesinger Bush Williams von Bismarck-Schönhausen de Martini

Nan Schlesinger Kempner

Nancy Cunard Fairbairn

Nancy “Slim” Gross Hawks Hayward Keith

Nancy Mitford Rodd

Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, Viscountess Astor

Nigella Lawson Diamond Saatchi

Noël Coward

Lady Ottoline Cavendish-Bentinck Morrell

Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward Harriman

Pamela Mitford Jackson

Patricia “Patty” Campbell Hearst Shaw

Paul Bocuse

Pauline Potter Leser de Rothschild

Philippe de Rothschild

Pia Christina Miller Getty

Porfirio Rubirosa

Lord Randolph Spencer-Churchill

María del Rosario Nadal y Fuster de Puigdórfila, “Rosario” Princess Kyril of Bulgaria

Thelma Morgan Vail Converse Furness, Viscountess Furness

Trish Deseine

Truman Capote

Unity Mitford

Vincent Astor

Violet Bonham Carter, Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury

Wallis Warfield Spencer Simpson, Duchess of Windsor

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald

Who did we miss? Leave a comment below.


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