The Palm Beach Story

19 Dec

Visiting with the Vietors


Last year I published a post entitled “A Stay at Palm Beach with the Jell-O Queen” about Errol & Lili’s visit/vacation at Southwood, the prominent mansion of Eleanore Emily Woodward Vietor.*

A Stay at Palm Beach, with the Jell-O Queen

In response to that post, I received correspondence from a descendent of the Vietors, who has very generously sent some clarifying and enhancing information, including in part the following news articles, the first of which reports (with a corrected date) on the party given for Errol & Lili in 1938. Look at that guest list! The Crockers (parents of Zaca owner Templeton Crocker), the Pillsburys (with all their dough), Howie Hughes, and E.F. Hutton (…), among many other deep pockets and Cafe Society-Era socialites.


Southwood also had a fascinating JFK connection:


See, also, for an account of the Robin Hood Parody film starring Errol, Lili, Paulette Goddard, et al.:



* Southwood was only a very short walk from Mar-a-Lago, the new Winter White House, designed by the very same architect, Marion Sims Wyeth. … Not that anyone who was anyone on Palm Beach in those days would deign to undertake such a horrendously plebeian trek without chauffeur and vetements formels.

— Tim


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  1. shangheinz

    December 21, 2016 at 11:19 am


    Make sure to pack your Rembrandt when on vacation. Charles Wrightman was tough as ponytailz, especially towards the boyfriends of his daughters Helmut Dantine, Freddie McEvoy and Kirk Douglas.…

    • Gentleman Tim

      December 21, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      Wise advice, philanthroheinz. One thing for certain, this is the only article I’ve ever read about a Palm Beach socialite that managed to work in references to deaf, dumb and blind, people. Let’s see if I can recall correctly: “A blind man never saw a deaf and dumb man in jail.” Truer words were never spoke, at least not on Palm Beach and the Upper East Side.

      “A Worm in the Woodwork”?…

      Irene Wrightsman McEvoy & Kirk Douglas