Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball, which occurred in 1966, was so big and incredible that it is still talked about today, over 40 years later!
Here are the facts:
Guests Invited: 540 of the most important, fashionable and famous people around. Invitations to this event were so sought after, one woman threatened suicide if she couldn’t come!
Where: Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel, New York City, New York
Why: In honor of Washington Post publisher Katherine Graham and to promote his new book “In Cold Blood.”
When: November 28, 1966
The cost: $16,000 (which was a lot of money back in 1966, still is today…too!) In today's dollars, the cost would be $114,949.63!
The decorations: White and Black of course, with red table linens
Attire: Men – black tie, women – black and/or white
The Guest List included (a partial list):
Sammy Davis Jr.
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Henry Ford II
William Randolph Hearst, Jr.
Lynda Bird Johnson
Senator and Mrs. Edward M Kennedy
Mrs. John F Kennedy
Mrs. Joseph P Kennedy
Senator and Mrs. Robert F Kennedy
Oscar de la Renta
Nelson A. Rockefeller