We had seen My Fair Lady
and particularly liked
the black and white ascot scene in the movie
that Cecil Beaton had done.

And we decided for our 10th wedding anniversary
that we would give a Black & White Ball.
It got more and more elaborate
as the kids were sent to hotels
with the nannies
and we had the whole house
done over into this …
it was magic!

And Truman [Capote] called.
He was coming.
He was a wonderful guest.
He also was a fantastic dancer.
Fred Astaire time!
And he had a great time
and he wrote us a lovely note.
And then three years later
he gave a Black & White Ball
and he didn’t invite us. (Laughs)
It was just …
the perfect description of him you know.
Because he was funny.
He was brilliantly talented.
He was brave.
And he was duplicitous.


~Dominick Dunne
After the Party




~ by eaesthete on 07/25/09.

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