George Abbott; Frances Beatty Adler; Prince Amyn Aga Khan; Judith Agisim; Irene Aitken; Rufus Albemarle; Sally Albemarle; Herb Allen; Joe Allen.

Frances Beatty Adler and Allan Adler
Prince Amyn Aga Khan
Irene Aitken
George Abbott. One of the greatest showmen in the history of Broadway. Playwright, actor, director and producer known as “Mr. Abbott” whose career paralled the development of modern theater. His first play was performed in 1911. He was involved in more than 120 productions. Born in 1887 in Forestville, New York, he first appeared on Broadway in 1913. His most notable directorial efforts were Jumbo, On Your Toes, The Boys From Syracuse, Pal Joey, Twentieth Century, On The Town, Where’s Charley? Call Me Madam, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Three Men on a Horse, Best Foot Forward, Out of This World, Me and Juliet, Wonderful Town, Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, Fiorello, A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, Flora the Red Menace, Take Her She’s Mine, How Now, Dow Jones? Mr. Abbott’s career spanned eighty years. He won five Tonys, a Pulitzer, was nominated for an Oscar (for All Quiet on the Western Front), was honored with a Kennedy Center Award in 1982 (when he was 95), and died in 1995 at 107. His most famous protégé of our time is the distinguished Broadway producer and director Harold Prince.

Frances Beatty Adler. New Yorker, art dealer (executive with Richard Feigen Gallery), active in cultural and philanthropic endeavors; chairwoman of the Drawing Center.

Prince Amyn Aga Khan. Brother of Karim, the Aga Khan, son of Aly Khan, and uncle of Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, daughter of Rita Hayworth.

Judith Agisim. New York public relations woman specializing in fashion.

Irene Aitken. Widow of Russell Aitken, stepfather of the tragic Sunny von Bulow; previously married to the late John Roosevelt, son of Franklin and Eleanor; frequent supporter of New York charities, major collector of 18th-century French furniture and art. Former resident of Newport; currently resides in New York.

Rufus Albemarle. One New York’s finer, he was born Rufus Arnold Alexis Keppel, grandson of the then 9th Earl of Albemarle on his father’s side and Count Serge Orloff-Davidoff on his mother’s side. When he was three years old, his father, whose official English title was Viscount Bury, died at age 77, with Rufus succeeding to the title. When his grandfather died in 1979 (at 97!) Rufus, at age 14, became the 10th Earl of Albemarle and eventually the youngest member of the House of Lords.

This family of Albemarles (the title died out and was revived more than once since the 11th Century) has had a prominence since the first Keppel – Arnold Joost van Keppel accompanied William, Prince of Orange to the throne of England in 1688, leading a rebellion against James II, father of his wife Mary. James II was exiled to France and William and Mary succeeded to the throne.

Arnold van Keppel, being a “favorite” of William, was given the then defunct title of Earl of Albemarle and quite a bit of land in Ireland – which was later denied him by Parliament. Arnold’s son, the 2nd Earl was the governor of the Virginia Colony in the early 18th Century, hence the prominence of the Albemarle name in the state (Charlottesville is in Albemarle County).

Rufus and Sally Albemarle
The 3rd Earl and two of his brothers conquered Havana in the 1760s making it briefly another colony of the crown of George III. The second son of the 8th Earl, George Keppel had a wife, Alice, who became famous as the mistress of King Edward VII. The Keppels’ great-granddaughter is well-known in the world as the mistress of Edward VII’s great-great-grandson, Charles, the Prince of WalesCamilla Parker-Bowles.

That said, the young Earl known as Rufus, who grew up with his Russian-born mother, mainly in Italy, came to New York in the late 1990s, as an industrial designer to seek his fortune (the Albemarles, as Rufus has described his family, are “land-rich and cash poor”). In 2000 at a wedding in Mexico, Rufus met a young sculptress named Sally Tadayon (pictured left). From the sound of it, it was love at first sight. They were married in a big international wedding in Havana, the Albemarle’s (very) old stomping ground in May 2001.

They live comfortably (if modestly for the image of an English noble) in a loft in the Chelsea/Clinton section of Manhattan, eschewing, as Rufus intended, the sleeker Upper East Side where many of their friends do live. Last year, an heir, Augustus, was born to the couple.

The Albemarles are a very popular couple in Manhattan and with the international set. On weekends, if not invited to stay with friends out of town, they, especially Sally, like to haunt the flea markets. She of the current Best Dressed List, and he, tall and handsome as laid-back a movie star (without the accompanying vanity or ego), mix well in any company and are invited everywhere. I’ve never heard of him referred to by his title here which, although it may be impressive to a certain set in New York, means nothing to the American ear anyway. Rufus seems to like it just like that and whatever long term prominence may come to him, it will likely come through his professional life.

Countess Sally Albemarle.
  Married to Rufus, Earl of Albemarle; the couple reside in Manhattan where they are popular in society and are great weekend aficionados of flea markets.

Herb Allen. New York investment banker (Allen & Company); founder of the highly publicized annual Sun Valley retreat highlighted every year by Vanity Fair, principal in the Global Education Network, a private, for-profit company established to distribute online versions of college courses over the Internet. Peripatetic, a natural-born organizer, Mr. Allen was once married to Broadway dancer and director Ann Reinking.

Joe Allen. Businessman; longer partnership in pulp business with Peter Brant, married to writer Annette Tapert.

Albemarle, Rufus

Aston, Muffie Potter

Basso, Dennis

Benedict, Daniel

Capehart, Jonathan

Cominotto, Michael

Curry, Boykin

Dahl, Tessa

DeWoody, Beth Rudin

Duchin, Peter and Brooke

Duff, Patricia

Eaton, Phoebe

Fales-HIll, Susan

Fekkai, Frederic


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