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    A Fascinating Look into the Personal Life of Cole Porter

    Cole Porter (American Composer, 1861-1964). Personal Address Book. [N.p., n.d., ca. 1950's]. Quarto. Three-ring binder notebook with Porter's name lettered in gilt on the front cover, and with alphabetical tabs. [370] pages. Neatly typed entries. With two blue pen and one pencil note in Porter's hand. Pencil notes (in other hands) throughout. Minor wear (and a few minor repairs) to notebook, a few leaves with some wear, however, pages generally quite clean. Fine. From the collection of Donald Carter.

    A fascinating item, organized by last name and subject (for example the "B" entry has people with last names starting with "B," such as Mr. and Mrs. Jack Benny and Cecil Beaton; the "B" entry also has entries for Banks, Barbers, Books, etc.) Whenever someone in this book had passed away, their entry is neatly crossed out in pencil and marked "deceased." Other notes are added to aid Porter's (or his secretary's) memory. Entries include some of the most famous people of the time, including Fred Astaire, Gracie Allen, Mrs. Humphrey Bogart "((Betty Bacall) (now Mrs. Jason Robards))," Truman Capote, Bennett Cerf, Rosemary Clooney "((Mrs. José Ferrer))," Claudette Colbert, Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis "((wife: Janet Leigh [her name is neatly crossed out]))," Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Mr. and Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, Gene Kelly, William S. Paley, David Selznick, James ("Jimmie") Stewart, Billy Wilder, and many more. Perhaps most telling are the entries for orthopedic services and appliances, a "Prosthetist" and several pages of doctors all across the United States: during a riding accident in 1937, Porter's horse fell on his leg and crushed it. From the entries, you can see that this painful injury (and the thirty-four operations he had) took a lot of his attention (the leg was eventually amputated in 1958 - the entry for "Prosthetist" appears to be a newer entry).

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