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 US $124,712.96!
The decorations: White and Black, with red table linens
Attire: Men – black tie, women – black and/or white
More Fun Facts:
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
Truman Capote was an American novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, playwright, and actor. One of the things he is most known for is writing Breakfast at Tiffany's, which is so popular you'll find a Breakfast at Tiffany's party planned on this website. He is also well-known for the book, In Cold Blood, which this party was thrown to promote.
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