Monday, November 23, 2020

#16 - Debbie Bancroft

Debbie BancroftDebbie Bancroft spends her days amongst the upper echelons of New York and Southampton yet considers the word “socialite” to be “meaningless”. She takes the view that “anyone with enough cash can hire a second rate PR agent – who will get them into enough pictures” but has herself “managed to become a fixture at fashion shows, movie premieres and fundraisers without being mega-wealthy” (according to The Wall Street Journal). A resident of “a sprawling Park Avenue pad that once belonged to the Gershwins [and Valentino]”, Finch College educated Bancroft told Page Six that “wife bonuses don’t exist” and that she “doesn’t know anyone who carries [a Birkin bag] under 80” in June 2015. She hates “snobbery, intolerance, selfishness, liver and Dick Cheney” and considers dining at home to be “like a lovefest”.

 

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The Roll Call - SOCIAL BUTTERFLIES

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Socialite who got away with murder Elvira Mullens Barney (1904 – 1936) – Elvira Mullens Barney’s lover Michael Stephen was shot dead in her Knightsbridge house in 1932. She was cleared but died of a drug overdose.

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Elvira Mullens Barney (1904 – 1936)

Kyra Kennedy – Wildchild and scion of the Kennedy dynasty – A bit of a wildchild, Kyra Kennedy is the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. She has been accused of cyberbullying and claims to be “somewhere between psychotic and iconic.”

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Kyra Kennedy

Theresa Doyle (AKA ‘The Grim Eater’ and ‘The Phantom Mourner’) – Funeral crasher from Slough, Berkshire

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Theresa Doyle (AKA ‘The Grim Eater’ and ‘The Phantom Mourner’)

Socialite and fashion designer Andrew Warren – Known primarily as the best friend of Donald Trump’s daughter, Tiffany, and for his Just Drew brand.

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Andrew Warren

Gianna Lahainer (AKA ‘The Merry Widow’, also known as Gina Lombardi)

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Gianna Lahainer

Jeffrey Slonim –Entertainment reporter and walking ad for Ralph Lauren

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Jeffrey Slonim (1960 – 2016)

Oliver Rothschild (AKA “The Fake Rothschild”)

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Oliver Rothschild (AKA “The Fake Rothschild”)

The Ranting Crasher

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The Ranting Crasher

The Inspector Clouseau lookalike

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The Inspector Clouseau lookalike

Sabine Getty (née Ghanem, AKA ‘Sabine G’)

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Sabine Getty (née Ghanem, AKA ‘Sabine G’)

Maya Henry (AKA “The It Girl with a Heart of Gold”)

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Maya Henry (AKA “The It Girl with a Heart of Gold”)

Judy Taubman (previously Judith Mazor Rounick, née Jehudit Mazor)

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Judy Taubman (previously Judith Mazor Rounick, née Jehudit Mazor)

Danielle Rollins (née Danielle Deaton)

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Danielle Rollins

The Iain Duncan Smith lookalike

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The Iain Duncan Smith lookalike

Lara Asprey (AKA “Lady Lara”)

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Lara Asprey (AKA “Lady Lara”)

Debbie Bancroft

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Debbie Bancroft

Alexandra Tolstoy FRGS

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Alexandra Tolstoy FRGS

Lady Elizabeth Anson (AKA “Lady E”)

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Lady Elizabeth Anson

Charlene Marshall (AKA “Miss Piggy”, née Charlene Detwyler Tyler and previously Charlene Gilbert)

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Charlene Marshall (AKA “Miss Piggy”, née Charlene Detwyler Tyler and previously Charlene Gilbert)

Thomas Gilbert Jr. (AKA “Tommy Gilbert Jr.”)

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Thomas Gilbert Jr.

Texan socialite Lynn Wyatt - A Black Belt First Degree in TaeKwonDo and generous “old school socialite” philanthropist, Lynn Wyatt describes her personal style as: “Class with a bit of dash and never trash”

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Lynn Wyatt (née Lynn Sakowitz)

Peter Cary Peterson (AKA “PC”)

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Peter Cary Peterson (AKA “PC”)

Sara Vestin Rahmani

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Sara Vestin Rahmani

Hermé de Wyman Miro

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Hermé de Wyman Miro

Kathy Prounis

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Kathy Prounis

Elyse Newhouse

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Elyse Newhouse (née Elyse Applebaum)

Manthe Penton Harrap

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Manthe Penton Harrap

Denis Doble

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Denis Doble

Justin Fichelson

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Justin Fichelson

Lady Annabel Goldsmith

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Lady Annabel Goldsmith

Bienvenida Buck

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Bienvenida Buck (AKA “The Spanish Firecracker”, born Bienvenida Perez-Blanco)

Randy Harris

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Randy Harris

Marcus Prinz von Anhalt

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Marcus Prinz von Anhalt (born Marcus Edward Eberhardt)

Solomon Akhtar

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Solomon Akhtar

David West

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David West (also known as “Dave West” and “Lord David West of the Manor of Hollesley”, 1944 – 2014)

Brian Crawford

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Brian Crawford ( – October 2014)

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James Gartshore-Boulter

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Alessandro Carnicella

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Cole Rumbough

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Ivan Pun

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Fernande Grudet (AKA 'Madame Claude')

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Christie Brinkley

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Scott Harvey-Nicholls

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Sally Farmiloe-Neville (1954 – 2014)

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Nicky Rothschild (née Nicky Hilton)

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Mr Frizzy

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The art loving duo

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Lady Joan Oliphant Fraser

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Ruth Madoff (née Ruth Alpern)

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Grant Harrold

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Denise Eisenberg Rich

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Tamsin Lonsdale

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“Lady” Sandra Bates

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Alice de Janzé (nee Alice Silverthorne and also known as Alice de Trafford and Comtesse de Janzé, 1899 – 1941)

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Miriam “Muffie” Potter Aston

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Candy Spelling

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The Bouquet of Christie's

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Donna Air

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The Julian Assange lookalike

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David Patrick Columbia

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Baroness Gabriella Langer von Langendorff

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Baroness Stefania von Kories zu Goetzen (1939 – 2013)

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The Autograph Hunter

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Fernando Peire

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Alexandra “Lexi” Abrams

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David Pun

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Georgia Davies

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Ricardo Garcia

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Nell Diamond

70

John B. Goodman

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Holly Candy (born Holly Rachel Vukadinović)

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Euan Rellie

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Orlando Hamilton

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Jacqueline Branston

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Paris Hilton


6 COMMENTS

  1. She is a an affable, amusing, woman, who likes socializing and charity work, but her remark about socialites is a throw-away line that comes from a long American tradition of people desperately climbing the social ladder without appearing to be desperate. She echos a tired refrain that money is all that is needed to be acknowledged as a socialite. The same was said of the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, and Astors.

    Let’s get real. The spending of money is, and always will be, the essential ingredient for entry into American, so-called, “High Society,” and more significantly, maintaining one’s place within it. That is, except for those who work at its fringes: male Interior decorators, party designers, columnists, floral designers. magazine editors, dress designers, models, the Hollywood crowd, “celebrity” chefs and gardeners, These people imagine that working FOR Socialites, magically transforms into BEING Socialites, each vying for the photographer’s lense. . Mrs. Mancroft is exceptionally gifted in this regard; she is one of the most photographed women in New York.

    Somehow, she always manages to be in the exact place where the cameras are flicking: fashion shows at which she doesn’t buy and subscription charity events. She cleverly buys her “dress to impress” clothes at outlets, closeouts, sample sales, vintage shops, and she is occasionally given clothes from the designers she reviews and writes about. The optics are that she can appear to be running with the pack, but the fact is she is not. This woman who scorns upstart socialites and the parvenue, exists in a socialite world of her own making … the sidelines of fashion shows and subscription fundraisers. Society to her and her place in relation to it is indeed meaningless.

  2. John I find your comments really interesting. You state what is NOT a socialite, but don’t define what IS a socialite in this current age. When I was 20 years of age I read Jilly Coopers “Class” and she had clear lines drawn on who belonged where in the social class pecking order. This book though was written ages ago and we have to admit things have changed because as we all know nothing can stay the same. When I think of “high society” I think of the Mitford girls (I used to read their books) and the 1920’s 30’s eras were a time of high society and easily identifiable. Not sure about today though. More and more foreign wealth like never before and some might say completely vulgar. The old money types are being swept aside to make way for these “new money” types. Further ahead we will not know the difference. For example does a socialite have pretend jobs to play at while really not at all needing to work. What of the people on Made in Chelsea? Are they socialites or just new money if they are not in Debretts or Burkes peerage or whatever. Now do you see what I mean?

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