Woke early – first at 5 – then at 7:30. Ordered coffee + made alot of calls. Called Mary Parker – slightly strained conversation. Called Mary Jean. Sorry not to see her again Called the Haases. Mary had a baby boy, Matthew + was coming home at 12 noon – too late for me to call. I called Aunt Hope who’s in the hospital. Learned Ema had had a hysterectomy last year. How awful. Called Colby + again assured her about Alaria. Then called Daddy + we had a really nice talk. He’s definitely decided against the A.O.A. meeting in Hot Springs for which I’m sorry but it’s up to him. I then spoke for a while with Julia Mullen + think we understand each other about my acct. I wrote last minute postcards to Jack + Joyce + George + Irene, Frank’s bar, the Valley Bar + Bettye + Bill Gardner. Got packed in a frantic swirl of activity. Only $13 owing on the bill which left me lots of cash. Scotty picked me up in a cab at 11:45 + we got to the Café St. Denis at the dot of 12 to meet Druscilla who came in at 15 after. Funny Funny lunch. Two drinks + then wine alternating with coffee and No-doz. Told Scotty that Dick said “I thought I was a flop in New York” to which Scotty said “Oh no he was a smashed hit.” He wrote Dick 2 matchbooks to that effect. We all split up a little drunk around 2:30 or so. I took a cab to the Chelsea + picked up my bags + then my driver, Sebastiano Rufino, waited for me on Wall St. I executed my will. gave $200 to Louis for John Lindsey, hugged him + told him Druscilla was scared of him + left. It took a good hour to get to Kennedy + I had just time to call Mrs. Davis. Then boarded the plane. Funny seat partner “Call me John Kelly or Adam Cain or Herbie Finch” We had several drinks + then after dinner we played cards so the time passed very quickly. Arrived and Dick came to meet me very drunk. As I’d been keeping myself going since lunch + making a real effort under more than ordinary temptation to stay sober I was both angry + hurt. After all it was only 8:15 his time. We got back to the house + had some wine. Scotty called to give me the name of Dotti’e scholarship fund. Then Dick + I had a very upsetting evening dwelling mostly on my money. Which seemed pretty damned unfair. Then I found out he’d been drunk last night + called Leon to discuss my money with him. It was too much + I went to bed in tears.
Up about 10:30 – Scotty called Came down around 11:30 – brought coffee. I learned that Dick got locked out last night. Drue had fallen asleep + Dick was pounding on her door + Scotty phoning her before she woke up. Scotty got us a ham + cheese sandwich which we halved. He’d gotten his passport this a.m. + visa + leaves for Scotland + England on May 5th. For about 2 weeks. I really think that’s marvelous. I gave him a ride over to “the smallpox booth” + then went down to Wall St. to see Louis Auchincloss. Cashed a check first at the downtown branch of the Bank of N.Y. My signature not on file so they had to call Jim Fleming. Nice time as always with Louis Auchincloss who signed my copy of World of Profit. Showed him wedding pictures + talked too much. Have to go back tomorrow to execute it. Went to the Owl + Pussycat + bought 2 really great smocks. Pouring rain. Eddy + Amelia very funny about the party. I had some hot dogs + sauerkraut around the corner before going up to the opening at Staempfli. Good time there. Dick + Drue, Lucille Walker, Edna somebody, Lorna Livingston. Laura Goldman + Morton Kaish (sp.) whose painting I’d loved so at Drue’s. Luckily I remembered his name + could tell him so. The exhibit left me cold. Somebody named Steven Greene. I found the paintings very cold + agree with Drue that they were really horribly phallic. We closed the place at 10 of 8. (party 5-7) I went to Stark’s for dinner Drue had to eat with the painter + didn’t want to. Back to the Chelsea at 9 o’clock. Called Dick who wasn’t there. Then he called me. Turned out he’d been asleep. Went to get the dogs + then called me back. Scotty called + he + I + Drue are having dinner tomorrow at the Cafe St. Denis. Went to sleep about 1 am.
Slept rather late. Ordered coffee. Called Alice Maynards about yarn. They can order it but I have to come in. Called Drue at the gallery + finally when I didn’t hear called Dr. Richman. Given appt. at 4 o’clock. Called Eddy + Amelia + little by little The party began to emerge. Very funny. Drue told me that after Scotty dragged Polly into the closet she + Mary “ran giggling down the hall.” Eddy said, “you mean screaming.” Also while Dick was fortunately still sleeping Scotty was making announcements like “Let’s all suck Pussy!” I went up to Alice Maynard’s + ordered the yarn. Also bought a couple of pretty sock patterns + a lovely knitting bag. Then over to Dr. Richman’s for a periodontal treatment and cleaning. Don’t have to come back until the fall. All the old strange memories under the anesthetic that I can never place when I’m out of it. Asked Mrs. Gordon + she said she always saw a long hall with a door closing at one end + opening at another + saw her grandmother who was saying “one door closes + another opens.” Interesting. Had a hamburger plate at the drugstore on the corner of 56th + then went back to the hotel. Put all the fresca which had frozen + expanded the cans into bullet shapes, the two bottles of liquor, the snacks etc into a shopping bag + went over to Drue + Dick’s. Also taking an umbrella we all felt sure was Scotty’s. Learned that Scotty had run down the street + next knew where he was at 6 AM Saturday when he found himself in an East Indian restaurant eating a meat tart + surrounded by hippies who were telling him he was a flower child + who put him in a cab. Had very funny time with Drue + Dick. Called Dick at 8 o’clock. He was on his way over to Jack + Joyce’s. Hadn’t picked up the dogs yet. Both Drue + Dick talked to him. I told him I’d probably be back Weds. After I had more to drink + suddenly to my great surprise!! I was pretty drunk. Dick took me back to the Chelsea. We had a drink at the El Quixote + then he saw me to my room. God bless Dick Jennings. Dick read me letter from Putnam who’d turned down the book.
We got up around noon. Sun shining. Too late for breakfast at the motel so we had “lunch at Linton’s” – then motored leisurely back to N.Y. Only the last 25 miles or so difficult. Traffic across the Goethals Bridge thick but almost stationary on the Verrazano + the Belt Parkway was just creeping along. We turned in the car + went over to United. I bought Dick the “Time Capsules – 1940″ to read on the plane + a couple of detective stories for myself also a copy of Louis’ book so he can autograph it. We had quite a good dinner at The Horizon Room + then it was time for Dick to go. Just hated to see him leave. We’d been having so much fun. Took a cab back to the Chelsea – shared it with 2 other passengers + it was hairier than any flight I’d ever taken. Was back at the hotel by 7:30. Tried to get a TV set to watch the Tony awards but they were all taken. Went upstairs, undressed + read a rather stupid story until Dick called from the airport at 11:30. Went to bed soon after. We’ve had a pretty exhausting time.
We woke around eleven. Dick called Philadelphia + said we’d be there by 6. Lester called to see if we were coming over but we felt pretty shaky. Dick went out for coffee. We kept trying to reconstruct party. I remembered I’d been angry at him + that he’d been absent a long time. Seemed funny this morning. We called Lester to say we couldn’t make it + got underway about 1:30. Stopped in New Jersey at a Howard Johnson’s. Service incredible but funny. The girl’s first day. Pleasant easy, drive down and very pretty misty day. We got to Dick’s Mother’s house at 4:15. Dick more nervous than I’d seen him actually + introduced me to his brother George (totally unlike him) + his Mother who’s an attractive woman and his sister Kassie who is really a dear. Dick then went straight out to get some beer + I sat + showed our wedding pictures. Dick back + restless as a bed bug. We left to find a motel and I mentioned the lovely picture over the mantle and he said “what picture.” His brother George who is very sober seems to bug him. (Seems??!!) We went to the Roosevelt Mohawk + got a nice room + had a half sandwich each. I just hadn’t been ready for the beer. We stopped to see Dick’s former partner George Oldeman + wife Dot. Another old friend Tom Cristy there I liked them all but think Dot + George have an odd way of treating their kids (“The three youngest are angels” – but they’re bound to grow up + they may run out of angels). We promised to come back later + went to pick up Mrs. Michels + Kassie. We went to the Mansion for a really lovely dinner and I enjoyed them immensely. We had a drink + 3 bottles of wine + we got along very nicely. I asked Dick to call George + say we’d come a little later. It then developed George + Dot had had a fight in the interim. We went back to the house + I saw some family pictures. Kassie + I do look alike in photographs. The two older boys Andy + Fred were very attractive + there was a darling picture of Dick in his class at the seminary which his Mother gave us. Dick surprised they had pictures. We left about 11:30 + went to meet George + Dot who appeared in separate cars. The bar run by Walter + Helen Somebody. Who were very nice. We had lots to drink + hardshelled crabs + Helen made Dick a sandwich. It was a long full day but alot of fun + we got back to the motel at 2:30. Best of all Dick decided to drive me back to N.Y. + leave from Kennedy. Nothing could have made me happier.
Scotty called us in the morning – asked him to our party tonight. Spoke with Drue. We’d changed time til 9:00 Made more sense Drue + Dick are giving us the tickets last night for a wedding present. We went up to Chemical Bank (NO more N.Y. Trust in the name!) + met Lester + Julia + had a quick look around. Went over to Sardis for a very gay lunch with 3 bloody Mary’s for me + 3 martinis for Dick. Everything had gone so well that I told Lester to invite Julia I’d originally said no while we were still in Vegas + Dick was up tight about meeting people. Julia is handling my acct. now. She’s a gay pleasant person + seems extraordinarily with it. Lester’s dachshund [crossed out word] is named Herman + that clinched it with him + Dick. His dog is about to be a father + we’ve been offered a puppy. At the moment we’re taking it. Next stop Bank of N.Y. at 2:45 to cash a check Went to see Jim Fleming who promptly took us over to the Algonquin + bought us 2 more drinks. Then at 4:30 back to the Chelsea where we started inviting people. Co + Russell Eddy + Amelia, Drue + Dick. Mary Parker + friend (named Polly Ferguson). Mary + Saul. (They came although Mary was going into the hospital tomorrow for induced labor with second baby!) Scotty + Harriet. Harold couldn’t come. Nor Lester + I couldn’t reach Peggy Pope. Dick was helpfully pouring bourbon the while I called! We went out at 8:15 to get the liquor + snacks + glasses – etc. for the party. No time to eat dinner. Talk about dumb! All the above mentioned appeared. Dick was absent for an hour or so. Went to get the car + planned to drive to Philadelphia + “get that over with.” Thank God he changed his mind + “went into a bar to sober up.” Thank God They wouldn’t serve him so he came weaving back midway into the party. Having missed Russell in White Nehru Jacket + beads who’d been combing the local bars with Eddy as support in search of the missing guest of honor. Drue + Dick had taken a nap + almost missed the party. Arrived when Scotty did at midnight. Harriet there in plaid trimmed dark glasses upset by her face lifting but from what I remember she looked great. Mary Parker sat on Dick’s lap + I got furious. Scotty got very drunk + chased Polly F. into the closet. Mary + Polly left soon after. Dick dozing through alot. Eddy + Amelia, Dick + Drue + Scotty the last to leave but much of this is later information
Woke around 8 to discover I’d gone to bed with my lenses. Took them out + went back to bed. Eyes sore as hell. Jessie came by to say goodbye + told us Mary Jean was coming to lunch. I took a shower hoping to be able to see a little better but couldn’t. Mary Jean looked wonderful + she + Dick got along famously. “Lunch” consisted of a couple of bloody Marys!! When I asked Colby did find some crackers. I asked Colby if she wanted Alaria + she was delighted. I put the price at $15,000.00 which I know is Way under but I’d like her to have it. After Mary Jean left, Dick + I drove in to the Chelsea Hotel. The first room was so god awful I asked for another. Not too lovely but at least Dick didn’t see the first as he was parking the car. The fuse was blown + the handy man took forever to repair it. When he finally did we made love + took a nap. Up at 7 + dressed for The Theatre. Picked up our tickets + had a bite at Howard Johnsons. Our seats were second row center!!! The play “The Great White Hope” Was absolutely Marvelous. James Earl Jones was brilliant. Lou Gilbert, Jimmy Pelham + Jane Alexander were all wonderful + nobody was bad. Gil Rogers played the exchamp + was remarkably good. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe it + Dick was completely engrossed. I wanted to stop by + tell James Jones how much I liked his performance but I got cold feet + couldn’t. We called Harold Stern + went up to see him. He has only one bird left. Things haven’t been going well for him but his sense of humor remains intact We left about two. Came back to the hotel. Called Scotty but after 5 rings decided he must be asleep so went to bed.
Dick called George tonight + Irene told him “he’s Drunk!” – Also that they hadn’t worked for 3 days because of weather.
David stopped by to say goodbye -
Sent off a package of stuff to Las Vegas that we won’t be needing plus presents. Daddy joined us for breakfast. Hilary told me yesterday that he was delighted with Dick + I was so happy. Hated to say good bye to Daddy. Dear, dear Daddy. His book incidentally is in its final stages + we saw the end papers + lay out + binding + I think it’s going to be lovely. We drove down the Vermont side. Pouring rain after we left N.H. We got to Simsbury at 1:10 + Cotton looking just darling was ready in minutes. Off to Farmington where Winnie was waiting outside Main. She looks awfully well + I’m delighted She’s so happy there. We went to The Corner House for a heavenly lunch. The girls so cute. They had shrimp cocktails + oysters (4 between them) while we had a couple of bloody Mary’s + then they had steaks + I had fish + I forget Dick’s choice. We gave them each $5 after lunch. Certainly 2 easier to please children would be hard to find. We left Winnie first as she had to be back by 3 + then took Cotton back to Ethel Walkers. The drive down to Riverdale was really hairy because of the rain. We got there about 6 o’clock (Had a couple of drinks + then Russell went out for Chinese food. Anthony wasn’t his usual sunny self + I was sorry as I wanted Dick to meet him at his best. Jessie going through all the agony of being accepted at College. Syracuse has accepted her but now she doesn’t want to go. Co + Russell as always welcoming + easy to be with. We played Poker + Dick + I lost as the evening waxed on. But it was alot gayer than when Colby was losing at the beginning. Late drunk evening.
We did alot today. Went to the Inn for lunch. Saw Grace Dean whom Daddy wanted me to introduce Dick to to “prove I was still in the ring.” We made all the rounds – Sport Shop, Bettys, Drugstore, Post office Saw [crossed out letters] Millie about Alaria. Got the Saunder’s address from Hilary, we went to Pine craft and bought a few odds + ends for Joyce + Irene + Jack + George. In the morning we went to Newport and bought liquor for Daddy. Got a scrapbook + fillers for Ethel. Plus five dollars. Everyone pleased I guess. After dinner we went to the High school to see David in his play. 3 one acts. Competition between Sunapee (“Hello out there”) Newport (This property is condemned”) and New London with an original adaptation of the prologue to the Canterbury Tales. “Hello out There” was unbearable. The boy just awful. The Newport entry was inappropriate but the girl a little bit interesting. The New London Show was last + best + really very entertaining. David terribly funny. We’d taken Lincoln with us + gave him a ride home with a funny little friend of his. We played cards when we got back + when Ethel joined us it got quite gay. I was big loser + Dick big winner. Evening ended with me owing him $1750 + Ethel owing him a cool thousand. Ethel sold him a piece of mince pie + was even + I went to bed with him for my debt.
Dick furious at me this morning because I’d “raped” Lansing Bailey. Really grim + told me he wouldn’t trust me in New York + that he was going back to Vegas after seeing Colby. All I could do was apologize + I pointed out to him that certainly Lansing was “safe.” But no good. Daddy had fallen down going to bed last night but was unhurt. He took Dick to the cleaners + the laundry + they drove around a little. Returned in slightly better spirits. We drove up to Hanover for lunch at the Inn. Such a beautiful drive + really glorious warm weather. We went into Hopkins Center + saw a Happening that I thought was quite impressive. Then several exhibits. We came back around three. Dick now in fairly good humor. We took a nap + made love – Daddy’s cry “Moderation.” Hilary over for a drink before dinner. We decided to stay in N.L. until Weds. Colby called + our decision was good as she couldn’t see us Tues. night. Nice dinner. after which Daddy went straight to bed. We played cards + then found The Academy Awards were on tonight. Watched them. Interesting new format but a little forced. Winners seemed less important than the show. Cliff Robertson won + Katherine Hepburn + Barbara Streisand shared first place. Oliver was the best film, Jack Albertson best supporting actor + Ruth Gordon best supporting actress. “Windmills of my Mind” the top song. Over about 12:30. Glad we’d taken a nap.
Up + went to church. Bob Thurston gave us his blessing from the pulpit. After we went through the new Parish house. funny bit about putting 3 pikes on the wall (low) to keep the children from falling over. Dick suggested ground glass. Sherry after. Jimmy joined us. David over on the ski doo + Dick tried it. As he went hurtling across the field tie flying, Jimmy said “It was nice to have known him.” Good Sunday dinner. Then over to Barn View. First though Daddy gave Dick “The Tour.” Followed by a small tour of Barn View. We drove over to Alaria. Left the car on the hard top + went across the beach. The house all boarded up. We went in the kitchen and of course I’d forgotten that the electricity was off. We got sort of a look with candles but I didn’t think Dick liked it much. Came home + changed for Hilary + Jim’s party. Seth + Millie, Janice + Bob Wallace, Marian Towne, Easy + Fairfax Downey, The Balins, Henry Pogue. Norman Leger + Lansing Bailay, the Thurstons, The Jensens, The Woodmans and a few others. Okay at the outset but ended up drunk with Lansing + Norman + Marian. Jimmy had left for Washington. Came home (I presume as I was there in the morning) and Dick poured himself + me + Daddy all another.
Arrived Boston 10:13. Mather met us. 3 front teeth missing so he looked a little like Ron Moody We picked up a yellow chevrolet from Hertz + drove to Mather’s new apartment. Really a great place although not yet furnished. Lots of books though. To celebrate our recent marriage Mather had bought a 6 pack of Ballantyne ale + a bottle of Peach Brandy! Dear Mather. We had an ale, then went to the top of the Prudential building. Then back for a little Peach Brandy then to the Union Oyster house for lunch. We left Boston about 2:30 + got to New London after stopping for a no-doz about 5:30. Took the “Sarah Blanding Room.” Jimmy + Hilary invited for 6 but didn’t make it til 6:45. Daddy funny about J.C.C’s idea of time. Daddy called Dick Peter + then asked me if I’d heard from him. (I had) Dick said “No, that’s the other one” + he + Daddy seemed to get along famously. Ethel back + looking remarkably well. So good to see her. We had a really very pleasant evening. Quite early as we were exhausted.
Seemed to spend alot of the day at the B’way. Bought Dick 2 shirts, a sweater and 2 ties. Got some underwear + rainboots for me. Had lunch in the mall + read a detective story. Came home + found the sweater was the wrong size so we had to go back. No more blue so got green. Picked up Dick’s slacks. Packed. Finally left the house at 10:30. We went to Jack + Joyce’s for 2 drinks + then caught the plane at midnight. I’d put the dogs in Pet Town today. They looked so forlorn when I left them. Flight to Chicago smooth. Changed in Chicago. No real chance to sleep + both of us tired.
Day began with a special delivery letter from Bill asking if the 18th St. Apt. was still mine (not since ’65) and could he stay there + wanted “constructive suggestions” What I think he really wants is more money but I’m going to stick at $350. That’s $85 a week without taxes. I wrote Sue a very long letter and I wrote Jack Underwood + sent him the legal descriptions of Leon’s Palm Springs property. I wrote Cotton + sent her $10.00 for her birthday + I wrote Jim Parker + Liza who wrote today to “Mrs Patience Cleveland Something.” Her mother + Dick were in a bad auto accident with concussions + fractured sculls etc. Liza was back there for a while + no sooner got back to L.A. than her mother had a stroke. Good God. Dick was home early + had a nap. Irene came over at 1:30 to get the key to the house and we had a very nice visit. She’s a really good woman. And I like her alot. Dick was back about 3:30 We took a nap + then I fixed the knockwurst that Leon gave me. We had 4 bottles of wine on the theory that we won’t be having any for a while?? Not too sure what sense it makes but we felt like it. We called Drue + asked her to make reservations at the Chelsea for us and for “Great White Hope.” She told us Scotty had been sick + had had a good job fall through simultaneously. There was a horrendous fight down the street with crashes + a child yelling + every dog in the neighborhood but ours adding to the din. I think it was the lady that reported the puppies to the pound. We’re leaving tomorrow night + it doesn’t seem possible. Lester called this morning to change our luncheon date.
I woke at 9:00. Mary called to say she + Les had gotten married. When I said that’s wonderful, when? She was very vague + I guess it isn’t true. I called Elizabeth later because Mary told me she was sick but she sounded fine + we had a good chat. I called Pet Town + made reservations for the puppies + I called the tax collectors in L.A. again. Had to call twice but it finally developed that they had my 2nd installment payment + all is well. I unpacked suitcases + changed sheets on our bed + the guestroom Went to the bank + deposited 400 from L.A. + a $200 check from Jim Parker. Took + picked up laundry. Gave Dick’s old pants to the Salvation army. Went to the drugstore + grocery store. Had a very dear letter from Sue which I started to answer today. And a lovely note from the Cochrans. I got off my auto insurance policy to Tony Melia + also sent him the one on my house to lookover. Paid a second Cart + Crate bill. Dick home at 3:00. We bathed + took a much interrupted nap. Went to Harris + Frank’s after dinner to get a pair of grey flannel slacks. Couldn’t interest him in a sports [crossed out word] jacket. Not that there were any too great there. We came home + had a bottle of wine + I gave Dick a miltown to sleep and he did for 4 1/2 hours before waking up.
Horrid lady down the street came to complain about the dogs + I apologized + fenced them in after Barkis darted at her. The man from the pound was here an hour later with a final warning. Both dogs jumped all over him + licked his hands. He was nice but had no choice.
I threw a hundred dollar bill away + Dick found it in the bottom of the trash can, thank God.