MANNERS & MORALS: Wise Beyond Years

MANNERS & MORALS

"The debutante industry," twinkled the New York Star, "was trying to recover its aplomb." But it was still reeling, said the Star, from the news that tall, lissome Joanne Connelley was going to forgo her debut and get married instead. The man of her choice was Robert Sweeny, 37, an ex-amateur golf champion, ex-combat pilot, and onetime heavy beau of Babs Hutton and Lady Stanley.

The hotels, caterers, dance orchestras, and social secretaries who conduct New York's $3,000,000-a-year debutante trade knew that debuts were not what they used to be. Parents no longer built special ballrooms on their country...

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