Plaza Hotel – Part 2

On November 28, 1966, in honor of Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, Truman Capote hosted his acclaimed “Black & White Ball” in the Grand Ballroom. He chose the Plaza “because it has the only beautiful ballroom left in New York”. A brilliant setting, a select guest list, a strict dress code, and the novelty of wearing masks (he even had to approve who was brought as an invitees guest). Capote rented Suite 437 that evening. He invited 540 persons, there were 200 press in the lobby and 300 onlookers in the street. Capote had no flowers declaring “the people are the flowers”. The party cost $16,000. New York Times printed the guest list, CBS aired live coverage. Diana Trilling summed it up neatly, “a very complicated moment in this country’s social history.”

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