Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on July 2, 1961 · Page 100
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 100

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, July 2, 1961
Page 100
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famela Colin, sweater girl of social set, designs knitwear, which she displays and jells in her living room showroom. Lily Lodge, daughter of an ex-diplomat, earns her keep ai a Broadway and TV actress, lives in a four-story walk-up. Good little rich girls 1 by ROSALIND MASSOW W HEN OUR FIBST LADY was still Miss Jacqueline Bouvier, one of society's most beautiful posl- debutantes, she went to work for $42.50 a week. That's what Mrs. Kennedy earned toting a camera for a Washington newspaper as an "inquiring photographer." V/ith one of the best social and financial backgrounds on the current scene, Jackie didn't need the $42.50. But she was doing what more and more rich girls are doing: going to work in plain, ordinary jobs. Today's heiresses and society debs are good little rich girls. The madcap era of the night-blooming heiress is virtually gone. Stork Club-launched debs like Brcrida I-'razier, Lenore Lemmon and Cobina Wright Jr. arc out of style. Society girls today work as secretaries and store clerks, hut some are press agents, actresses and aides to big business executives--and they usually get tbeir jobs, and keep them, on merit. What changed the late-rising, champagne-drinking rich girl of yesterday into the working girl of today? Was it economics? Taxes? Not at all. Sharman Douglas, daughter of former Ambassador to Britain Lewis Douglas, has the simplest answer: "Who wants to fcdl useless?' 1 Sliarman, who once made newspaper headlines by dancing a can can with Britain's Princess Margaret, is an heiress to millions. She could party from dusk to dawn, but to her that would be "a bore." "You can't just go to party after party," she explains. "It only makes you feel useless. And that social whirl is mostly at night, anyhow." Sharman, 32, works as a press agent for a Hollywood firm. "I wanted this k i n d of job because I like it," she says. "But 1 always intended to work. Even when we lived in England I was busy with secretarial school. All my friends did the same--we all expected to work if we didn't marry." Sharman, who counts Mrs. Kennedy as a friend, points to another chum who's a working girl--Letitia Baldrige, the First Lady's social secretary. "Tish" Baldrige went Jo work almost as soon as she finished Vassar. Her most notable job, till the White House called her, was as social secretary to Clare Boothe Luce when Mrs. Luce was Ambassador to Italy. Tish wrote a book about her experiences in Rome, then worked as press director for Tiffany's, the famed New York jewelry firm. Unlike the few who still sit around courting headlines from cafe society headquarters, most of the good little rich girls don't seek publicity. Some with famous names avoid the limelight and Jacqueline Bouvier, before she changed her name to Mrs. JFK, was a cub reporter and photographer for a newspaper. prefer to punch their 9-to-S limcclocks anonymously. Before Mary Rockefeller, daughter of New York's Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, was married this winter, She worked for the state's Civil Defense Commission. But all the Rockefellers work. So do the Vander- bilts and other less famous socialites. Pamela Colin, New York post-deb, is a case in point. The 26-year-old beauty, who lives in a two-room apartment surrounded by original paintings by Picasso, Matisse and Soutinc, pays her own way. Educated for a life of gentility and case, the brunette socialite designs fancy sweaters and now has branched out into a line of evening separates. "If I didn't work, Daddy would support me," Pamela said, "but there comes a point in your life when you stop asking Dnddy for money." Originally Pamela set up shop in the 1 3-room Park Avenue apartment of her parents, but the servants complained about the customers who trekked in and out. Pamela now has a "salesroom" in the sitting room of her two-room apartment off Fifth Avenue. Pounding a typewriter for a living isn't exactly the most glamorous job in the world, yet 21-year-old Antonina Maria Ermini finds it most exciting. Tall, attractive Toni, born with the silver spoon and cookie jars full of instant money, was educated in Italy, Switzerland and at fashionable Finch College, New York. She then bought a steno pad and went to secretarial classes. "I'm not interested in making a big dent in the social world," she says. "The kind of girls who drift from hangover to hangover don't appeal to me." A Name on a Payroll Over at the architectural firm of Harrison and Abramovitz, architects and designers of some of New York's newest skyscrapers, Kalrina Thomas is just another name on a large payroll. Draftsmen casually whistle at her, the girls in the office sometimes gather for small talk at her desk. No one seems aware that Kalrina is very blue in the Biuc Book. "It's good to work," says Katrina. "You learn the value of money and the value of yourself. People aren't impressed with the fact that you are in the Social Register. They are more impressed with what you can do." While there are hosts of socialites working in business offices, "show biz" as a career is irresistible. Thi- membership list of Actors Equity carries such Blue- Book names as Gloria Vanderbilt, Lcc Remick, Dina Merrill, Lily Lodge. High up among America's first families, actress Lily Lodge, daughter of former Ambassador to Spain John Lodge, supports herself, makes her oivn bed and carries groceries up to her four-story walk up apartment in a renovated brownstone in M a n h a t t a n . Lily never made a social debut; instead she came of age when she applied for and received her Social Security card. "It was the most thrilling day of my life," says the pretty brownette. Lily has been on the stage since she was an undergraduate at Wcllesley. Ironically enough, Lily, who is Helen Hayes' protegee, got her first speaking role on the professional stage because of her cullurcd upbringing- "I was an apprentice at llic Weslport (Conn.) Country Playhouse and they were doing French Without Tears. The director needed a French maid and I was the only one who could talk French. So ! got the job,' 1 Lily says impishly. Good little rich girls arc all over the labor market. They arc in public works, public affairs--and out of the public eye. *

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