|Being photographed for Vogue in 1946|
|On the cover of American Vogue, 1946. Photo by Horst P. Horst|
|(L-R) Gloria Guinness, Bill and Babe Paley at Truman Capote's Black & White Ball in 1966.|
|the Paley Apartment - St Regis|
Barbara "Babe" Cushing Mortimer Paley was a New York socialite, known for her impeccable dress sense and manners. She was working as a fashion editor for Vogue Magazine in New York City when she met and married her first husband, Standard Oil heir Stanley Mortimer, Jr. in 1940. The couple had two children but divorced a few years later. In 1947, Babe remarried to CBS founder William "Bill" S. Paley. The couple led a lavish life - Babe spent fortunes on her outfits, regularly buying haute couture ensembles from the major international fashion houses, and earned her place on the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1958. Before their famous falling out, long time friend Truman Capote once quoted "Babe Paley had only one fault. She was perfect. Otherwise, she was perfect."