On New Year’s Day 1970, maestro Leopold Stokowski was visiting Palm Beach. Soviet ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin was due for a vacation at The Breakers. Dina Merrill and Cliff Robertson were put up at Mar-a-Lago. Alvin and Lilly Fuller were ensconced in their new Chinese-style house with a ten-tier pagoda by the pool. During the holidays, Carola and Leon Mandelseated thirty-eight for a formal dinner at their South Ocean Boulevard estate where, according to Suzy, guests were served the very same pheasant and quail that their hostess shot and bagged.
For the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the 1970 season would be their final holiday on Palm Beach, a welcoming refuge where they had been coming since 1947 when they stayed at the Everglades Club. Ellen Ordway hosted a dinner for the nomadic nobles at Villa Bel Tramonto before seeing them off at the train station. That summer, during their jaunt abroad, Gertrude Legendreand Ellen lodged at Croxteth in Liverpool where the Earl of Sefton and the Countess Sefton, you remember Foxie, provided comfortable accommodations. Foxie was a lifelong pal of the Duchess of Windsor. Down East, Brooke Astor chartered a yacht for a daytime sail and lunch for George Garrett’s birthday.
Welcome to the 1970s.
Wally Findlay Galleries held an exhibition of Jane Pickens Langley’s paintings.
“Jim Brady flies us down to Hialeah for a day at the races.”
Seminole Golf Club
Seminole Golf Club
Duke & Duchess of Windsor Mini-Season
“Ellen Ordway’s dinner at Villa Bel Tramonto for the Duke and Duchess …”
“Gertrude and I visit with Isabel and Trafford Klotz at their castle…”
“Isabel drives us to Vanne where she does all her “big shopping.”
“Gertrude and I visit Hugh and Foxie.”
County Galloway, Ireland
“We go to Ireland to see Peter’s new investment …”
1 July 1970
Dublin > Boston > Northeast Harbor
“We picnic on Little Gott Island and Black Island …”
Aboard Sea Star with Brooke Astor
“Brooke charters a yacht for George Garrett’s birthday …”
“The Grassi family comes for dinner …”
Labor Day Weekend
News from here and there
“A very cherished friend passes away …”
Then and Now
Next: Resort Life, Chapter XIX, January-June 1971: Palm Beach + Medway Plantation + Old Westbury Garden Tour of Ireland
William “Willie” Randolph Hearst Jr. drops by for a visit.
Ellen Glendinning Ordway Photograph Collection courtesy of Gayle Abrams & Lucius Ordway Frazer.
Augustus Mayhew is the author of Lost in
Wonderland: Reflections on Palm Beach