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The Inn Crowd: Hotels from Somewhere to "Satori"
Posted November 05, 2010 to photo album "The Inn Crowd: Hotels from Somewhere to "Satori""
In setting Somewhere at L.A.’s famed Chateau Marmont, Sofia Coppola tapped into that hotel’s mythic past. We look at other hotels whose histories define them.
Slide 11: Truman at The Plaza
Truman Capote invited 500 of his nearest, dearest, and most famous friends to the Party of the Century.
On November 28, 1966, Truman Capote, flush with cash from his novel In Cold Blood, put on his famous “Black & White Ball” to honor Washington Post publisher Katherine Graham in the Plaza’s Grand Ballroom. Cecil Beaton, royal photographer and former member of the Bright Young Things of London’s inter-war years, wrote is his diary: “What is Truman trying to prove? The foolishness of spending so much time organizing the party is something for a younger man or a worthless woman to indulge in, if they have social ambitions.” Invitees were to wear masks, though many took them off. Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt II (1912-1999) arrived in a cat mask, and taking it off, explained, “It itches and I can't see.” The party, which included the crème de la crème of Manhattan society, would be later remembered with the title of “party of the century.”