Thursday, November 22, 2012

At The Met, Part 3

News Photo: The audience applauding the Moiseyev dancers


1949

The opening of the Metropolitan Opera House in 1949 would be the last opening Grace Vanderbilt would attend, arriving in a wheelchair. Although she didn't die in 1949, she was no longer physically able to leave her bedroom. That night, she would give her last ball, still in a wheelchair.

News Photo: Rudolf Bing attending opening of the 65th season…
Rudolf Bing And Others Arriving For The Opening Of The Met, Weighed Dow By Heavy Fur Coats And Jewels
News Photo: Two women in fur coats attending opening night…
Two Ladies In White Fur Coats Attending The Opening Of The Opera 

News Photo: Mrs Cornelius Vanderbilt is pushed in a wheelchair…
Grace Vanderbilt Arriving For The Opening, Pushed Around By Two Men In A Wheelchair, That Would Be Grace's Last Night At The Opera

News Photo: Mrs Cornelius V Whitney wearing a black velvet…
Mrs Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Arriving For The Opening, Her Husband Did Not Attend Because Of An Illness 
News Photo: American opera singer Dorothy Kirsten and Russell Dill…
American Opera Singer Dorothy Kirsten And Russell Dill Pose Together At The Opening Of The Met 

News Photo: Press photographers covering the opening of the Metropolitan…
The Press, As Usual, Arrived To Cover The Night 

1959

6 years after Grace Vanderbilt's death, socialites and debutantes were at the opening of The Met again. By this time, The Met had been surrounded by skyscrapers and it was becoming increasingly expensive to run the place. Because of tight funds, The Met had become, a bit stained. Nevertheless, it was still the opening of the social season. 

News Photo: At the Met Opera House waiting for the…
Attendees In Their Boxes, Waiting For The Opening Act To Start 

News Photo: Metropolitan Opera company manager Rudolf Bing English Actor…
Rudolf Bing (seated) And Actress Marlene Dietrich, Followed By Another Man, In The Bar, Waiting For The Opening To Start
News Photo: During the Metropolitan Opera
The First Act 

News Photo: The Metropolitan Opera NatL Council Pres Mrs Frederick…
Mrs Frederick Weyerhaeuser Giving A Wonderful Speech

News Photo: Impresario Sol Hurok holding champagne glass in lobby…
Impresario Sol Hurok Enjoying A Drink In The Lobby

News Photo: Movie actress Marlene Dietrich w playwright actor Noel…
Marlene And Actor Noel Coward Enjoying A Laugh


TO BE CONTINUED

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