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14 DES MOIXES REGISTER Fri., F.b. 10, l"5f ill Texas Lady Become w By Elizabeth Carpenter (Spfdal to Tin r.fRlslfr) WASHINGTON, D. C Is a Texas heiress going to give Washington's leading hostesses a run for their money with hers? The patrician, silver-haired silver-haired silver-haired Libbie Moody Thompson, Thompson, wife of Representative Clark V. Thompson (Dem., Tex.) of Galveston, contends she is "not trying to supplant supplant anyone." But ths hostess field is wide open here and she's got what it takes: A fresh 8'2 million dollar bank account account (a court settlement of her parents' estate), a fabulous fabulous new mansion on Washington's Washington's fashionable Massachusetts Massachusetts avenue, a dazzling jewel collection (recently acquired from the best New York houses) and a yen for surrounding herself v i t h people. She may be on her way (a la Perle Mesta, etc.). "Like People" First on schedule was a "mansion-warming" "mansion-warming" "mansion-warming" for 600 guests, divided into two parties, held Monday and Tuesday. And more entertaining entertaining is in store for the spring. "I like people and I would be lonesome if I didn't have i ?' . . 1 - i J f ' - - Jt ? i the opportunity of having friends in," she said. "The more who come the better I like it." But, she adds positively, "I'm not interested in supplanting supplanting anyone. And I couldn't even if I wanted to. Polly, Perle, Marjorie and Gwen are all wonderful hostesses." This was a reference to the so-called so-called so-called "Big Four" among Washington's news-making news-making news-making party givers: Mrs. Robert Guggenheim, Mrs. Perle Mesta, Mrs. Marjorie Post May and 'Mrs. Morris Cafritz. Washington is a wide open town, socially, for the lady who finds her own best entertainment entertainment in entertaining others. In one sense it provides the most democratic society in the world, because one's place in it is not based on the traditional measures of family, money or name, but I ft' ""J ' 1 Mrs. Thompson on government position, elective or appointive. Watches The natural gregarious-ness gregarious-ness gregarious-ness of the politician, an extrovert extrovert by profession, and the human hunger and thirst for the latest morsel of information information on what's doing in the world capital are the elements elements that day after clay draw Washingtonians by the thousands to their evening evening rounds. Mrs. Thompson, who spends more time in the house galleries listening to debate than anyone since Alice Roosevelt Longworth, 3 Return From Biloxi Mrs. Frances Thompson, 6531 Washington ave., and Mr. and Mrs. Roger C. Wolf, 1618 Thirtieth St., have returned returned from Biloxi, Miss., where they attended the wedding, Feb. 7, of Mrs. Thompson's daughter De-lores De-lores De-lores and the Wolfs' son. Stanley J. Wolf. Mr. Wolf likes to watch the wheels go round. If her mansion is to become become a political salon, it will be a luxurious one. Its deep blue carpets and drawing drawing rooms are lighted with Venetian chandeliers. As her own decorator, she selected selected white, rose and gold brocades for the furniture. There's a marble-floored marble-floored marble-floored powder room, and below, a "Texas Room" with mahogany mahogany walls and a solid mahogany mahogany bar, upon which sits the futile warning: "Political Opinions May Be Aired in the Back Yard." No Adviser From the second floor, which includes four baths, three bedrooms and her office, office, she handles her own financial investments. "Everyone tells me I would be relieved of so much responsibility if I had a financial adviser," she j slid, "but I have always en- en- : joyed taking care of my own ; investments. And this way, : if I gain or lose, I have no : one to blame but myself." Her formula for financial success is .diversification. "I have a little jewelry, a little real estate, a few stocl s and bonds, some good art-; art-; art-; and no money in the safe. ;. I'm broke most of the time," : she said. The "little jewelry" is a Thompson investment that many Washington women would like to duplicate. She ; has complete "outfits" of necklace, earrings, clips and , bracelets in: Diamonds, champagne diamonds, bno- bno- ;: lette diamonds, rubies and emeralds, and a giant star sapnhire necklace. "They are made so the ; pendants can be worn as : pins or attached to the necklaces. It's really a very economical arrangement," she said. 5. 3

Clipped from The Des Moines Register20 Feb 1959, FriPage 13

The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa)20 Feb 1959, FriPage 13
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