A Lady, First: My Life in the Kennedy White House and the American Embassies of Paris and Rome

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"As young women studying at Vassar, Letitia's schoolmates were concerned with finding husbands. Letitia wanted to go to Paris. When she was told only men could get overseas diplomatic jobs, she became even more determined and landed a coveted position in the American Embassy of Paris. There she quickly learned the dos and don'ts of diplomacy while partaking in the city's lively postwar social scene - along with Jackie Bouvier, Marlene Dietrich, and Elizabeth Taylor. These experiences led to the exciting job of working for Clare Boothe Luce at the American Embassy in Rome in the early 1950s." "Back in the United States, as the first woman executive for Tiffany & Co., Letitia Baldrige was a trailblazer in the new field of public relations, appealing to the whims and tastes of the rich and famous, and those that aspired to be. Yet it was her role as the first lady's social secretary in the Kennedy White House that proved to be her most notable - and challenging. She has been privileged to lead a glamorous, high-spirited life, and has witnessed some of the pivotal events of her time: the hilarity of a young Jackie Kennedy's antics on her foreign diplomatic visits, the terror of the Cuban missile crisis, the heartbreak of President Kennedy's funeral." "Stylish, chic, and always polite, Letitia Baldrige manages to be a feminist and a lady at the same time. As the founder of Letitia Baldrige Enterprises, one of the first companies in the world to be run by a female CEO, and the author of countless books and articles about etiquette and protocol, she continues to be a role model and an inspiration to women across the country and around the world."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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A LADY, FIRST: My Life in the Kennedy White House and the American Embassies of Paris and Rome

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A vivacious memoir by etiquette and style maven Baldrige that recounts, with humor and personal insight, her experiences in the diplomatic corps, the White House, and as a Tiffany senior executive ... Read full review

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Many know that Baldrige was Jackie Kennedy's White House social secretary and that she is the author of numerous etiquette and style books (e.g., Letitia Baldrige's Complete Guide to the New Manners ... Read full review

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She has served as adviser to five First Ladies & continues to lecture & write for numerous magazines. She lives in Washington, D. C..

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