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Susan Mary Alsop

AKA Susan Mary Jay

Born: 19-Jun-1918
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 18-Aug-2004
Location of death: Georgetown, MD
Cause of death: Pneumonia

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Socialite, Author

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Washington DC Socialite

Washington DC socialite, who purportedly had John F. Kennedy visit her home for ninety minutes on his inauguration night to dine on terrapin soup.

Her ingredients to a successful Washington party: "If you're fortunate enough to get the secretary of state and the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the night of an international crisis... It sounds ghoulish, but it's something you want to have." [The Washington Post, 1987.]

Descendant of John Jay, U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

Husband: William S. Patten (embassy staffer, d. 1960 emphysema)
Son: Bill Patten
Daughter: Anne Milliken
Boyfriend: Duff Cooper (British diplomat, extramarital affair ended with his d. 1953)
Husband: Joe Alsop (columnist, gay, m. 1961, div. 1973, d. 1989)

    High School: Foxcroft, Middleburg
    University: Barnard College

    Vogue Writer, 1939
    Architectural Digest Contributing Editor

Appears in articles:
The New York Times, 20-Aug-2004, DETAILS: Susan Mary Alsop, Washington Hostess and Author, Dies at 86, BYLINE: Douglas Martin

Author of books:
Lady Sackville: A Biography (1978, biography)
Yankees at the Court: The First Americans in Paris (1982, nonfiction)
The Congress Dances: Vienna 1814-1815 (1984, nonfiction)


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