Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Astrological Society Analysis: Bunny Mellon
Soon-to-be centenarian Rachel "Bunny" Lambert Mellon (b. August 9, 1910; a Leo) gives her first official interview since 1969 in Vanity Fair this month to James Reginato. The Listerine/steel heiress still loves to garden, employing some 100 folks to maintain her Virginia compound, Oak Spring Farms, where Rothkos hang next to Shaker benches and trompe l'oeil murals depict her work clothes and cigarettes. Bunny doesn't do pretense. She does, however, apparently love a Gemini dude. To wit:
1. Paul Mellon (b. June 11, 1907; pictured above), heir to the Mellon Bank fortune and second husband.
2. Robert Isabell (b. June 2, 1952), event designer par excellence and companion of 25+ years.
3. John Edwards (b. June 10, 1953), sleazebag politician and object of Bun-Bun's significant largesse (allegedly siphoned through her decorator!), intended to "save the world" from Dubya.
I'm grasping to figure out her attraction to the Twins man ... is it because she herself inhabited two (or more) worlds? I do love that she and Paul tired of the grand, neo-Georgian house designed by William Adams Delano and built a farmhouse/pseudo-hamlet on the same property. Talk about duality! Or perhaps she found a kindred spirit in the Gemini: according to Starsky and Cox he's "the zodiac's premier urbane figure, the proverbial man on the pavement with his ear perpetually to the ground and his finger on the pulse of cultural trends." After all, we're talking about a woman who was on a first-name basis with Diego Giacommetti, Joseph Pilates, and Carl Jung and who entertained presidents and queens.
In any case, Bunny's Leo-like loyalty (she relied on Balenciaga to create every stitch of her clothing until his retirement, then switched to Givenchy) should be admired. Consistency is chic. Brava, Bunny -- I hope you live to 125!