Before Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton,there was C.Z. Guest. This socialite was born today in 1920. Now WE know em

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Lucy Douglas Cochrane was born February 19, 1920 in Boston. Her brother always called her “Sissy” and she transformed that into “C.Z.”

Her natural beauty allowed her to dabble in acting, including an appearance in the Ziegfeld Follies in 1944.

She married Winston Frederick Churchill Guest on March 8, 1947, at Ernest Hemingway’s home in Havana, Cuba. C.Z.’s husband was a first cousin of Sir Winston Churchill.

She would have two children, one boy and one girl.

C.Z. was often photographed for wearing elegant designs by famous designers.

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C.Z. was even named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1959.

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On July 20, 1962, C.Z. Guest was pictured on the cover of TIME magazine as part of an article on American society.

Then, after a horse riding accident in 1976, C.Z. was asked by the New York Post to write a column on gardening.

That column led to her first book, First Garden.

As a popular socialite, her friends included Truman Capote, Barbara Hutton, Diana Vreeland, Cecil Beaton, Babe Paley, William S. Paley, Gloria Guinness and Thomas “Loel” Guinness as well as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor who were the godparents of her children.

In 1985 she designed a small fashion collection consisting mainly of cashmere sweaters that were introduced at a show of the designer Adolfo Domínguez.

In 1986, C.Z. expanded her designs to include a limited line of sportswear sold under license, and in 1990 she came out with a fragrant insect repellent and other garden merchandise.

C.Z. became the subject of paintings by Diego Rivera, Salvador Dalí, Kenneth Paul Block and Andy Warhol.

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C.Z.Guest died on November 8, 2003 in Brookville, New York at the age 83.

A friend was driving her to the hospital after experiencing breathing difficulties at home.

 Now WE know em

 

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