I was saddened to hear of the recent passing of the etiquette maven Letitia Baldrige. Her obituary in the New York Times pays tribute to her life as an etiquette advisor, author, and as the Social Secretary to Jacqueline Kennedy.
Ms. Baldrige surely lived a very interesting life...In this photo she is seen emerging from the limo to accompany Ms. Kennedy at the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C. on November 3, 1961.
As Ms. Kennedy's Social Secretary, Ms. Baldrige was responsible for orchestrating many social and state events at the White House in the 60's.
Letitia Baldrige published 20 books in her lifetime and these are some of her books I recommend to those of you who wish to learn about proper etiquette or to brush up on your social and dining etiquette skills!
"New Manners for New Times," my go-to etiquette manual!
"More Than Manners," is a great book to use when teaching children manners at-home.
"Taste: Acquiring What Money Can't Buy!" This was the last book Ms. Baldrige published in 2007.
Ten years ago, I was honored to meet and have a sit-down with Ms. Baldrige at a Southern Lady Event...it was so very gracious of her to give of her time, even though I don't think she felt well that evening.
1926 ~ 2012