1973 #2: Desmond Guinness. Diana Mitford. 1969 Flashback. Santa Barbara. Suzy Says.

LAT Oct 10 1973. Paige is the date of Desmond Guinness from Ireland.
October 10, 1973 LAT

I e-mailed with Beverley Jackson who is pictured to the left of Mrs. Louis-Dreyfuss above. Jackson was the new society writer for the Santa Barbara paper at that time. She remembered Desmond but not Paige.

She wrote that Desmond was “always very discreet in these matters.”

What you see in the third column, is the only mention of Paige Young in this article, besides her photo.

The rest of the article by Jody Jacobs, society writer for the LAT, (below) discusses the Santa Barbara society and VIPs who attended this party for Desmond Guinness.

The elderly Mrs. Louis-Dreyfuss is probably Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ grandmother. Julia is famously from a wealthy Santa Barbara family.

Below is the remainder of the article.

Page 3 coverage of the Desmond Guinness parties in Santa Barbara.

6 months after this article appeared, Paige Young would be dead by suicide.

Who is this Desmond Guinness, usually written as “the Hon. Desmond Guinness.”

Let’s start with his family of origin:

Desmond is an heir to the Guinness brewery fortune. His father was Bryan Guinness, titled the 2nd Baron Moyne; he was also a poet and playwright.

His mother was the controversial Diana Mitford, from the equally controversial English society family with 6 eccentric and beautiful sisters, parents and grandparents. There are several books published about the Mitford family, the sisters in particular.

Desmond and his brother didn’t grow up with their mother Diana Mitford; she left her sons and their father when the boys were toddlers. Her reason for this was to marry British politician turned extremist Oswald Mosley, in 1936.

Mosley founded the British Union of Fascists (BUF), after visiting both Mussolini and Hitler. Hitler attended the wedding of Mitford and Mosley and the reception took place at the home of Joseph Goebbels.

You can see why Diana Mitford is considered controversial, and she wasn’t the only Mitford sister acquainted with Hitler.

During WW 2, Mitford and Mosley were considered a threat and placed under British house arrest. 3 years in Holloway Prison.

I read that Desmond did visit his mother in prison, at least once.

Diana went on to have more children: two sons with Mosley.

The couple lived out their years in France after the war; they were highly disliked in England.

Desmond Guinness grows up and in 1954, married the beautiful Hermione Maria-Gabrielle Von Urach, who had German royalty and titles on her father’s side. Her English mother was institutionalized when “Gabrielle” was only 6 years old. At age 18, Gabrielle became known as “Mariga.

This young and socially connected couple shared a love of architecture and history. They had no need to work for a living.

Desmond and Mariga purchased the decaying Leixlip castle of Ireland, restored it and made it their primary residence.

The couple founded the Irish Georgian Society in 1957/58, dedicated to preservation of Irish Georgian castles and Irish castles in general.

Mariga and Desmond restored several more castles in Ireland and wrote books about their experiences.

The couple were known for giving fabulous high society parties in Leixlip Castle and had two beautiful children: Marina and Patrick.

Slim Aarons has taken an iconic photo of Desmond Guinness with Marina and Patrick; all three share the same icy-blue gaze.

I found in my research that Desmond toured the US extensively to fundraise for the IGS from about the mid 1960s through the 1980s. I read dozens of articles about his visits in the newspaper archives.

Desmond was warmly welcomed at numerous US high society and historical gatherings; he would present lectures, slideshows and promote his books about Irish architecture, history and design. His visits were covered by local newspaper society columnists, who would write about the VIPs who attended the lecture/party/luncheon/cocktail party/dinner, in honor of the Hon. Desmond Guinness.

Some great examples below from the year 1969.

I’m picking 1969 out of the many years Desmond travelled the US because it’s the same year Paige Young was touring the US for Playboy promotion.

March 25, 1969

Desmond was visiting Richmond, Virginia just days before:

From the Palladium Item Richmond, Indiana March 16, 1969
the Miami-Herald April, 24, 1969

Miami in April.

This is from the Suzy Gossip column in the NY Daily News Nov. 1969.

“Suzy” aka Suzy Knickerbocker, was a syndicated “society” columnist for over 50 years and worked for many different newspapers.

She clearly had a “specialty” for featuring European society types with titles. Suzy K. wrote adoringly about Desmond (mainly) and Mariga several times.

Here is an article about Suzy from March 15, 1969. Probably at the height of her influence (and salary) for writing about high society’s comings and goings.

More on Desmond Guinness in 1969

November 11, Philadelphia Inquirer

Ithaca, New York Feb. 21, 1969

Desmond visited towns one may not have expected, like Des Moines, Shreveport, Louisiana and the Corning Glass Center in Ithaca, New York.

Back to 1973 Santa Barbara

Paige was the date of Desmond at a high society party in Santa Barbara. It was described as a season of cloudy, grey and rainy weather.

This article was published in the LAT on October 10th; the party probably happened a night or two previous.

This Suzy column below appears just 2 days later on October 12.

San Fran Examiner Oct. 12, 1973
OCT 12. 1973. Philadelphia Inquirer

I do not know if there is a connection, but it is interesting timing that Desmond is seen out with a date (Paige) and his divorce is “announced” in these Suzy articles only two days later.

1973 cont. Desmond was busy travelling the USA fundraising and promoting his latest book as we see from these two Suzy columns.

March 21, 1973 Suzy column NY Daily News. Mariga is mentioned. Before separation announcement
From the Suzy column April 13, 1973 NY Daily News

Below is a Jody Jacobs LAT piece.

This places Desmond in LA a couple weeks before the Santa Barbara party where Paige was his date.

September 23, 1973.

LAT Sept. 23, 1973

To be continued……

1972 Gowland Book and Calendar. 1973# 1. John Huston. Celeste Shane. Ireland. St. Clerans. Jack Smith Sees Huston and Hefner at Trendy Backgammon Club.

Paige appears in some Electrochemical Company photographs, credited to Peter Gowland, probably taken 72/73.

There is an association between Electrochemical Company and the Ridgid Tool Company, Gowland’s long time clients.

This was one of a few photos from the same series for sale on e-bay a few years back.

Paige had appeared in the 69/70 edition of the Ridgid Tool Company’s famous calendar.

Paige was one model of a few featured in the series which looks like it was a gift for special clients. Ann Cushing and Brook Mills, two Gowland favorites, are the others. Plus one I don’t recognize. Due to the discreet yet not hidden pubic hair in some of the photos, Gowland knew which models would or wouldn’t be interested in this job.

The models all go uncredited including Paige, her “Playmate” status is not indicated.

From a series of photos for Electrochemicals clients.

1972/73) cont...

Paige complains to neighbor Melanie about her relationship with famed film director John Huston.

From the Daily Mail Dec. 2014

“She (Paige) said she had an affair with John Huston, and that he had done things to her, abused her.  I remember one incident in which John hid her shoes to make her think she had gone crazy. It was a small thing, but she was really bothered by it.”

“I know she dated Huston for a while and had just gotten back from a trip to Ireland with him.”

Some essential context:

John Huston owned and lived in an Irish estate named St. Clerans, located in Galway, Ireland, from 1953 to 1973.  His daughter, the actress and director Anjelica Huston, spent many years there as a child, which she discusses in detail in her memoirs.

Given what Melanie said about Paige having “just returned from Ireland” to visit Huston, Paige would necessarily have been one of Huston’s last guests, as the St. Clerans estate was sold sometime in 1973.

These are the years of John Huston’s marriage to Celeste Shane Green, 1972-1975. Huston’s 5th marriage and CiCi’s 2nd.

“Cici” spent time living (visiting really) St. Clerans during her marriage to Huston.

Celeste was (and is) involved with horses and boarded at least one at Sepulveda Stables in the early 60s. It’s another factor which places Celeste in the same world as Paige.

 Cici grew up in a wealthy Beverly Hills family with three brothers.  Her father owned a successful car leasing company and rented out his yacht to celebrities like Frank Sinatra. (See chapter: The Shanes of Beverly Hills)

Cici’s first husband is screenwriter Wally Green.  They have a son named Collin.

Cici visited Huston’s St. Clerans Ireland estate as a newlywed, it was August/September of 1972. She brought along her son Collin and his caregiver Maricella, who also acted as Cici’s “maid.” Wally Green also visited his son at the estate.

John Huston later said “Cici was as out of place at St. Clerans as anyone could possibly be.” 

Cici said “I wasn’t prepared for the eleven servants, the mistresses, Betty O’Kelly, Gladys.”

Celeste took an instant dislike to John Huston’s assistants, Betty O’Kelly and Gladys.   One of the women co-wrote scripts with Huston.

Cici felt the women, and several employees of the large staff, were taking advantage of Huston by overcharging him and using his money for their own personal shopping. Huston was frequently absent due to directing films all over the globe plus he was not a good manager of money.

This created a lot of tension at St. Clerans.

 Cici wanted most of the staff fired but Huston refused.

About St. Clerans’ horse caretaker Cici said “I caught him with quadruple charges for horseshoeing. I know about horses. He couldn’t screw me around.”

Cici was especially outraged by the visit of her husband’s  young mistress, Zoe Sallis, who of course brought along her out-of-wedlock son by John Huston: Danny Huston.  Cici resented the monthly allowance (and breakfast in bed) afforded to Zoe.

Horsemanship was one thing Celeste, Huston and Paige all had in common. John Huston and Paige were both painters, these factors may have played a role in their connection.

I have read several biographies on John Huston that indicate he was a womanizer and had many marriages, flings, short-lived and long-term romances with numerous women over the decades and apparently of all ages.

I read that he wasn’t one to indulge in “one-night-stands.”

Also, from what I’ve read, Huston had a meanstreak in his personality that he would sometimes unleash on the ones most likely to be hurt by it. (See Melanie’s recounting what Paige told her about John Huston hiding her shoes.)

Huston was also displayed great generosity.

Information and quotes from Lawrence Grobel’s book: “The Hustons” published by Scribner’s. Check this book out for a much more in-depth look at John Huston. I also found information from Huston biography Courage and Art by Jeffrey Meyers.

Given what Melanie said in the Daily Mail and the sale of St. Clerans, Paige’s visit likely was in 72-73. If so, she may have witnessed or even been involved in the drama between Cici, Betty, Gladys, and Zoe Sallis.

I had an email exchange with Celeste Shane Huston and she confirmed knowing Paige and Huston knowing her as well. She denies that Huston and Paige had affair. She wrote that 2 prominent lawyers purchased Paige’s ticket to Ireland.

NEW. From the great LA writer Jack Smith, He sees Huston and Hefner with others including an “unidentified sex object,” at a backgammon tournament, sometime in 1972. The observation by Smith happened around the time Cici and Huston were married.

More about John Huston ahead.

1972 Paige appears in the ’72 edition of “Gowland’s Guide to Glamour Photography.”

It’s her only appearance in any of the Gowland instructional books that I have seen, which is nearly all of them.

(The image on left looks like it’s from 68 the Ridgid calendar photograph)