CELEBRITY -- The Arbiters Are Biting: From Gibson Girl to Glamour Girl
THE ACTUAL DATING of the passing of the Old Order, even to the most definite of Society complainants of the 1960's, is a difficult one. Some date it not long after they were born -- with the death, in 1908, of The Mrs. Astor. Surely, they point out, since that time Society has never had a leader with anything like her autocratic authority. Even in her last years, when her mind had failed and she lived in solitary splendor at her Newport cottage of "Beechwood," she was a lady to conjure with. "Still erect," said the late Lloyd Morris, "still bravely gowned and jeweled, she stood quite alone, greeting imaginary guests long dead, exchanging pleasantries with ghosts of the utmost social distinction."
Other complainants choose a later date, one of their favorites being not a death but a birth. This date is the birth of so-called