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Were they in the nature of dinner parties?
Well, there would be a dinner party beforehand
and then a large number of people would
come for drinks afterwards. I had an
apartment that wasn't terribly big, and
it was in the summer when my terraces
could be used that I could have a bigger
The conversation must have been brilliant?
Well, the mixture of people was extremely
interesting. People who have done
extraordinary things in the world don't
always have the best conversation, and
they have to be stimulated to talk and
when you give a big party like that it
doesn't always bring out their best and
But, at any rate, Miss Swift and I enjoyed it
It was kind of a salon.
Well, it was fun, it was gay.
At any rate, on the 27th of June I went to Europe
for a few weeks, to visit a friend of
mine, Addrey Bouverie, who had been the
second Mrs. Marshall Field. And she's
been a great friend of mine ever since
I'd been introduced to her by Bill
Donovan in '37.
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