On assignment for the New York Post's special St. Patrick's Day pull out, I had the pleasure of having tea at the Adare Manor Castle Hotel with its former owner, Lady Dunraven.
In the course of the interview, I referred to St. Patrick's Day (as we New York Post-ers are wont to do) as St. Paddy's Day.
"If there's anything you take away from this interview, I hope you'll remember it's St. Patrick's Day...not St. Paddy's Day," said Lady Dunraven, channeling her inner Duchess of Grantham.
Which was probably a good thing in that my article was tentatively titled, "Ireland's Downton Abbey." Needless to say, I'll never call today St. P--dy's Day again!
Old Hollywood glamour is not gone from Manhattan.
The Warwick New York Hotel has debuted five new specialty suites that draw on the iconic hotel's scandalous and sumptuous past as William Randolph Hearst's love nest for actress Marion Davies. The new suites were created by Interior Design International’s Stephanie Ellis-Carmody and echo the days when hotels were places to meet for cold martinis, hot gossip and molten glamour.
We love the all the suites but especially the Marion Suite (with its black and white images of Marion and its nod to Art Deco), the Follies and the Jane Suites (a paean to busty Jane Russell, pin-up girl and muse to the real Aviator, Howard Hughes).
The Randolph Suite, however, exudes the power and prestige of the publishing magnate the supposedly put the kaibash on Orson Welles after "Citizen Kane" exposed all of Hearsts' foibles (including Marion Davies) to the movie-going world.
Cary Grant made his home here for many years (you can still stay in his rooms!). The scent of his cologne seems to linger in the corridors still...
Is that his North by Northwest suit hanging in the closet?