Society: Mumsy the Magnificent

Not long ago, Actress Dina Merrill, 41, discovered that her delicate skin was creasing into fine wrinkles at a rate disconcerting to any professional beauty. For advice on what to do, she turned to someone who has been the envy of fashionable women for nearly 60 years: her mother, Marjorie Merriweather Post. Mamma gave her the name of a doctor whom she consults on similar matters. She may also have reminded Dina of her own prescription: a lifelong devotion to simple food, lots of exercise and plenty of rest.

At 79, Marjorie Merriweather...

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