People, Oct. 9, 1972

Who is Amanda? More importantly, what is she? A mild case of Amanda-monium swept Washington gossipers and Manhattan society as friends of just-divorced Gotham Socialite Amanda ("Ba") Burden offered theories as to why she and New York City Councilman Carter Burden—the quintessential Beautiful People of a few years back —had split. As usual in matters concerning the B.P., Women's Wear Daily was there first with the most gossip. "I wouldn't exactly call Amanda a walking example of Women's Liberation," Author Truman Capote told their reporters, "but I think she wanted to establish some...

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