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Brenda Diana Duff Frazier (June 9, 1921 - May 3, 1982), was an American debutante popular during the Depression era. Her December 1938 coming-out party was so heavily publicized worldwide she eventually appeared on the cover of Life magazine for that reason alone. June 9 is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (161st in leap years), with 205 days remaining. ... 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... May 3 is the 123rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (124th in leap years). ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Poster from the 1958 Sandra Dee film, The Reluctant Debutante A debutante (or deb) (French word for female beginner) is a young lady from an aristocratic or upper class family who has reached the age of maturity, and as a new adult, is introduced to society at a formal presentation... The Great Depression was an economic downturn which started in 1929 (although its effects were not fully felt until late 1930) and lasted through most of the 1930s. ... A cover of Life Magazine from 1911 Life has been the name of two notable magazines published in the United States. ...


Brenda's father, Frank Frazier, came from a wealthy Boston family. Her mother, also named Brenda, was the daughter of Lady Jane Williams-Taylor and Sir Frederick Williams-Taylor, the president of the Bank of Montreal. Both parents drank heavily, caroused separately and eventually divorced, causing little Brenda to spend much time with her social-climbing maternal grandmother. Bank of Montreal TSX: BMO NYSE: BMO is Canadas fourth largest bank[1], and is classified as a Domestic Chartered Bank (Schedule I). ...


Fame

Young Brenda completed her education at Miss Chapin's School for Girls and finishing school at Miss Porter's. Sent to almost every social obligation she was invited to, Little Brenda made great inroads in securing her picture everywhere. She had invented the famous “white-face” look. Powdered skin made a startling contrast to her very red painted lips combined with dark, dark – almost blue-black – hair perfectly coifed. Brenda often developed a stiff neck, as she feared moving her head lest a hair fall out of place. She sported strapless gowns and made a sensation with that trend as well. During the year of her debut Brenda was at the beck and call of press agents worldwide. She was most often written about by columnist Walter Winchell. Occasionally, she did stop to think about where all this was coming from. In "The Story of Brenda Frazier" by Gioia Diliberto, Frazier's daughter Victoria remembered her saying, “I’m not a celebrity,” she said, “I don’t deserve all this. I haven’t done anything at all. I’m just a debutante.” [citation needed] Walter Winchell (April 7, 1897 – February 20, 1972), an American newspaper and radio commentator, invented the gossip column at the New York Evening Graphic. ... A celebrity is a widely-recognized or famous person who commands a high degree of public and media attention. ...


The press, both awestruck and vindictive, constantly wrote of “Poor Little Rich Girls” – such as Brenda, Gloria Vanderbilt, Doris Duke and Barbara Hutton. As so many in Society lost their fortunes during the Depression, lineage was no longer the sole common denominator. “Publi-ciety” – a combination of money, social standing and news coverage also entered the Winchell lexicon. And then there were the “Glamour Girls.” In 1938 Brenda Frazier was dubbed Glamour Girl #1. Gloria Vanderbilt, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1958. ... Doris Duke, (November 22, 1912 – October 28, 1993) was an American heiress and philanthropist. ... Barbara Hutton, born November 14, 1912 in New York City, United States – died May 11, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, was a wealthy American socialite dubbed by the media as the Poor Little Rich Girl because of her troubled life. ... Look up lexicon in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Leading the pack, she had become a cottage industry. She posed in ads for Woodbury soap and Studebaker cars (even though she couldn’t drive) among others. In November she achieved the opus of fame – her face on the cover of Life magazine. The article inside gave hardly a mention of Brenda but from it she secured international wattage. Studebakers Lazy S logo, designed by Raymond Loewy, was used from the 1950s until 1966 The worlds largest living sign was planted at the Studebaker Proving Grounds, west of South Bend, Indiana. ... For other uses, see Life (disambiguation), Lives (disambiguation) or Living (disambiguation), Living Things (disambiguation) Look up life, living in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The morning of her debut her face was puffy with fever and was suffering from painful edema in her legs. All in all, however, the debut was a success carried on the front page of newspapers around the world. An analogue medical thermometer showing the temperature of 38. ... Edema (American English) or oedema (British English), formerly known as dropsy or hydropsy, is swelling of any organ or tissue due to accumulation of excess lymph fluid, without an increase of the number of cells in the affected tissue. ...


Brenda married athlete John "Shipwreck" Kelly in New York in 1941. She gave birth to a daughter, Victoria, in 1945 and attempted a typical suburban marriage, however, the excessive nightlife caught up with her. She experienced several nervous breakdowns, suffered from anorexia and bulimia and during the 1950s she and Kelly divorced. This article is about the year. ... 1945 (MCMVL) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... For the symphonic black metal band, see Anorexia Nervosa (band) Anorexia nervosa is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes an eating disorder characterized by low body weight and body image distortion. ... Bulimia nervosa, more commonly known as bulimia, is a psychological condition in which the subject engages in recurrent binge eating followed by intentionally doing one or more of the following in order to compensate for the intake of the food and prevent weight gain: vomiting inappropriate use of laxatives, enemas...


After several tempestuous relationships, Brenda and daughter moved to a small town near Cape Cod where she married once more, to distant relation Robert Chatfield-Taylor. This marriage also ended in divorce. Cape Cod and Cape Cod Bay from space. ...


In 1966, photographer Diane Arbus took a now-famous picture for Esquire magazine. Propped up in bed, a cigarette nearby, her face was haggard and worn. Arbus nakedly revealed the real Brenda Frazier - exhausted, the parade having passed her by. 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Identical Twins (1967), on the cover of Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph. ... Esquire (abbreviated Esq. ...


Victimized by her own consumption of too much living, Brenda retreated from the outside world and practically became a hermit. Still not forgotten however, she was mentioned in the Stephen Sondheim song, “I’m Still Here” while living in relative obscurity until her death from bone cancer in Boston, Massachusetts, aged 60. Onuphrius lived as a hermit in the desert of Upper Egypt in the late 4th century A hermit (from the Greek erÄ“mos, signifying desert, uninhabited, hence desert-dweller) is a person who lives to some greater or lesser degree in seclusion and/or isolation from society. ... Stephen Joshua Sondheim (b. ... A sarcoma is a cancer of the bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, blood vessels, or other connective or supportive tissue. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe) (The State House, according to Oliver Wendell Holmes, is the hub of the Solar System), Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino...


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