Cecil Beaton, Lady Ottoline Morrell, 1927. From the Times: ''Little snob!'' he wrote in his diary. ''Even in my dreams I long to make Mummie a society lady and not a housewife.'' Being a daredevil as well as a dreamer, he did exactly that. While in his teens, he began planting items about his mother and his two sisters in The Times of London and The Daily Telegraph. It was easy. The occasional box of cigars to the society editor did the trick. The magazines were a harder ticket. They required pictures. So Beaton called up the leading London society photographer of the 1920's, Hugh Cecil, and said he was from Vogue and was looking for a portrait of Mrs. E. W. H. Beaton. The photographer invited Mrs. Beaton over for a sitting, and in no time she was in all the magazines - since they were impressed with anyone who was in the Hugh Cecil gallery of socialites. To the day she died, Mrs. E. W. H. Beaton the London Hostess (as the magazine Bystander captioned her picture) never quite understood what had happened. It was as if a fairy godmother had tapped her and swept her up into the Bystander and the Tatler and their slick-paper galaxy of titles and balls.
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