Hol­ly­wood Con­nec­tion

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The movie ac­tress Glenn Close is the niece of Eleanor Post Close, who she de­scribes as a ‘mag­i­cal per­son… ef­fort­lessly el­e­gant and beau­ti­ful’. In a re­cent in­ter­view for Sotheby’s to ac­com­pany the sale of Une Dy­nas­tie Améri­caine en Europe – Col­lec­tions Eleanor Post

Close & An­tal Post de Bekessy, she re­calls of her aunt: ‘She had porce­lain skin and long blonde hair, ar­ranged in a ca­sual chignon that al­ways had a cer­tain ten­sion to it, as if it might fall to her shoul­ders at any minute.’

The ac­tress re­mem­bers vis­it­ing her aunt at Pav­il­lon d’Ar­tois. ‘To this day, I can con­jure up the feel and fra­grance of the guest room I stayed in, when I was lit­tle. The fab­rics on the bed, its cov­er­let and cur­tains and the hang­ings on the win­dows were blue, wo­ven silks and satins. I re­mem­ber hav­ing a sum­mer lunch around the ta­ble in her oval din­ing room. The French doors were open onto the park and the stat­ues, in their re­spec­tive niches, seemed to come alive on that per­fect sum­mer day. We had mus­sels, fresh corn from the gar­den and de­li­cious bread, cheeses and dessert. It was a per­fect meal, in a per­fect set­ting and is im­printed in my mind’s eye for­ever. She was beau­ti­ful, witty, strong, frag­ile and eter­nally fas­ci­nat­ing. I loved her – was in awe of her – and miss her.’

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