Patricia Taylor Buckley, RIP

Patricia Taylor Buckley, longtime wife of conservative intellectual leader William F. Buckley, Jr., has died.

Pat Buckley Photo with Cavaliers Patricia Taylor Buckley, who died Sunday at age 80, was a true original and a fixture of New York society for more than four decades. Buckley died at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut of an infection following a long illness, according to a statement from her family. Details of a memorial service are still being finalized.

From her love of King Charles Spaniels and gin rummy to her friendships with designers, writers and politicians to her active support for such New York cultural institutions as the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Buckley put her unique stamp on everything. At six feet tall, slim, with her hair always a high-rise confection and dramatic eye shadow, Buckley stood out in any room. “She was one of a kind, like a glass of the most wonderful Champagne,” said Blaine Trump, who recalled that it was through Buckley’s efforts that the Costume Institute gala became a must-have ticket. “She was the kind of woman that inhaled life and when she walked into a room, you knew she was in there. She was a grande dame.”

My condolences to the Buckley family.

via Kathryn Jean Lopez via Ed Morrissey

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  1. Anderson says:

    I hope it doesn’t detract from my regrets & condolences to remark on the photograph’s uncanny resemblance to the back of a Barbara Cartland paperback.