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Babe Paley
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    (July 15, 1915-July 6, 1978)
    Born in Boston, Massachusetts
    Born Barbara Cushing
    Married to Stanford Oil heir Stanley Mortimer and CBS Chairman Bill Paley
    One of Truman Capote's 'swans': society women who became close friends of the author
    She was a smoker.
    Aside from marrying well, hosting lavish parties, and dressing fashionably, she didn't do much with her life.
    Her mother encouraged her and her sisters to marry only wealthy, powerful men.
    Her first marriage, to Stanley Mortimer, ended in divorce.
    She was an absent parent; in fact one daughter says their relationship was 'nonexistent.'
    She was always on the Best-Dressed List.
    Her marriage to Bill Paley was a genuine love match.
    By marrying Paley--a Jew--she was bucking society tradition.
    Before marrying, she worked for Vogue magazine.
    She was actually very shy and insecure.
    Truman Capote wrote a thinly disguised account of her in his book 'Unanswered Prayers.' She was so hurt that she broke off all contact with him.
    Today, she is still considered to be a style icon.

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