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Babe Paley was an American socialite and fashion icon.

Full Name Barbara "Babe" Cushing Mortimer Paley
Who socialite
Birth Date July 5, 1915
Death Date July 6, 1978
Country United States
Born Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died New York, New York, USA
Cause of Death lung cancer
Education n/a
Father Henry Cushing
Mother Katharine Stone Crowell Cushing

Stanley Grafton Mortimer Jr.

William S. Paley


William Harvey Cushing

Mary Benedict Cushing

Betsy Cushing Roosevelt Whitney

Henry Kirke Cushing


Stanley Grafton Mortimer III

Amanda Burden

Kate Paley

William Cushing Paley


Paley was the youngest daughter of renowned surgeon Harvey Cushing. 

Through her sister's marriage, Paley was the sister-in-law of Vincent Astor.

Paley's glamorous circle included many high-profile individuals and celebrities. Among her acquaintances and friends were Gloria Guinness, Marella Agnelli, Bill Blass, and C.Z. Guest.

Truman Capote was a close friend of Paley's, and he considered her a muse. However, after she appeared as a weakly disguised characters in Truman's book Answered Prayers, which she felt revealed too much gossip about high society's inner circle, Paley broke off with Capote. The end of their friendship was heavily covered in the news. Truman famously said of her, "Babe had only one fault. She was perfect. Otherwise, she was perfect."

Paley was a close friend of Slim Keith. She and Keith were inspirations for Capote's book Answered Prayers

Paley's met William S. Paley in 1946, shortly after the end of her first marriage. The two fit together well - William S. Paley wanted to gain entrance to the prestigious Manhattan high-society crowd, and his wealth and worldliness appealed to Babe. They married in 1947, and went on to have two children together. However, their relationship was not perfect, and Paley was often lonely and depressed as her husband carried out numerous affairs with other women. 

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How Added - She was mentioned on Steven Meisel's Wikipedia page.