People, Apr. 12, 1976

Dracula has many guises: bat, wolf and now, Truman Capote. Or so it would seem from the vibes caused by his short story in Esquire last November. Titled La Côte Basque, 1965 and taken from his unpublished novel Answered Prayers, the piece focused on a posh Manhattan restaurant and its haul monde clientele. For his cast, Capote chose some old acquaintances, including Jacqueline Onassis and Sister Lee Rodziwill, former Vogue Editor Diana Vreeland, Heiress-Artist Gloria Vanderbilt, as well as several other real people thinly cloaked in fictitious names. The author likened his gossipy...

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