9. Jeanne Beker
Claim to fame: Canadian fashion icon.
Fondest/funniest holiday memory: I took a trip to the West Coast of Ireland with my daughters about 10 years ago. I was at a charity auction and I “bought” a week’s stay at a gorgeous country house on Lough Corrib, near a little village called Oughterrard. It wasn’t too long after my marriage had broken up and the girls and I felt like a tiny team: us against the world! The house we stayed in was quite large and so exquisite, filled with antiques and folk art, and the grounds were beautiful. We invited a few close friends to join us for part of the stay so we could share the setting. The designer Louise Kennedy drove out from Dublin, my friend Bonnie Brooks came from London and another couple of dear friends and their young son came from New York. It was heaven, just hanging out in the Irish countryside.
Best/worst/weirdest gift: This sounds a little risqué but since you asked, when we were in the early “hot and heavy” stages of our relationship, my ex gave me an omelette pan with a racy pair of panties inside. All these years later I still put the pan to good use. Can’t say the same for the panties…
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