Who is Babe Paley, Halston’s “perfect” socialite and fashionista?
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Episode 1 of the new Netflix five-part miniseries “Halston” introduces viewers to American socialite and 1975’s “superdresser of our time” Babe Paley. So, who is Babe Paley and who plays her in Halston?
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Born in 1915, Barbara “Babe” Cushing Mortimer Paley is a socialite and fashionista.
Her parents are Harvey Cushing and Kathryn Stone, professors of surgery at Johns Hopkins, Harvard and Yale.
Paley grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, and along with her sisters was known as the “the fabulous cushing sisters“.
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Paley and fashion
Bebe has been Vogue’s fashion editor since 1938 in New York City. By 1941, Time magazine had selected her as its world fashion editor. second best dressed woman.
Meanwhile, Truman Capote Say Babe Paley “has only one flaw” and that is she’s perfect.
“Otherwise,” he said, “she’s perfect.”
She was inducted into the International Best Dressed Hall of Fame in 1958, and 17 years later earned the title of the super-dresser of our time (see below).
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Babe Paley and Halston: Exploring their relationship
Babe Paley was quickly approached by fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick, who is the subject of a new Netflix miniseries Halston.
The series also explores Halston’s relationship with Andy Warhol and Estelle Marsh.
The relationship between Babe Paley and Halston is only explored in one episode of the miniseries.
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Who played Babe Paley in Halston?
American actress Regina Schneider plays Babe Paley in the 2021 series.
Schneider’s previous work includes Frasier, The Agency, Rescue Me, The Blacklist, and 2020’s God Friended Me.
Currently, she only has one feature film credit, and that is the move highlands (2005), starring Glenn Close and Elizabeth Banks.
But she’s not the only one playing Babe Paley.
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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He has lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK in 2020 to pursue a degree (and because of the pandemic). His articles appear in Groundviews, Forge Press, and The Friday Poem, most of which are available at Medium or onurbicycle.com.
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