A Lady, First by Letitia Baldrige
My Life in the Kennedy White House and the American Embassies of Paris and Rome

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Letitia Baldrige is well known for her bestselling books on etiquette and is a much sought-after commentator on American style. Now, she writes of her life as a tenacious and successful woman who worked behind the scenes in some of the most exciting places after World War II and at the height of America's international glory.

The romance of Baldrige's first job in Paris with American Ambassador David Bruce's wife, Evangeline, is only the beginning of her lively tale. From working with Clare Booth Luce in Rome in the early 1950s to becoming the first woman executive for Tiffany & Co. to being the social secretary in the Kennedy White House, Baldrige has led a glamorous, high-spirited life, and A Lady, First shares a wonderful vicarious experience of her adventures.

Letitia Baldrige is a joy to read—she is stylish, chic, and always polite, and she manages to be a feminist and a lady at the same time. Like Katharine Graham and Liz Smith, she has lived her life among celebrities and history makers and has the stories to prove it. She continues to be an inspiration as the founder of Letitia Baldrige Enterprises, one of the first companies in the world to be founded and run by a female CEO.

About Letitia Baldrige

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She has served as adviser to five First Ladies & continues to lecture & write for numerous magazines. She lives in Washington, D. C..
Published October 15, 2001 by Viking Adult. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, History. Non-fiction

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Vibrant and delightful, if a touch self-indulgent—but a humanizing look at the rich and famous of the past six decades above all.

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A vivacious memoir by etiquette and style maven Baldrige that recounts, with humor and personal insight, her experiences in the diplomatic corps, the White House, and as a Tiffany senior executive, among others.

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In her effervescent memoir, Baldrige, ambassador of etiquette, writes, "I disliked unfulfilled passions."

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A friend of Jackie's from their days at the Connecticut private school Miss Porter's, Baldrige was the First Lady's social secretary, a position that included directing replies to fan mail.

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