Scene And Heard Column (March 25, 1963) By Joan Nielsen McHale

What prominent married redhead has maracas (not skeletons) in the closet again?

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The Pine Tree Drive house that Jack's Astor's jack bought -- which has been vacant a coupla years -- now is virtually filled with women and children: His daughter-in-law, Charlotte (Mrs. Bill) Astor, her two youngsters, her chum Nancy Fox and Nancy's child, plus a nurse.


His spur-of-the-moment cocktail party this weekend, organized in two days -- put John Jacob Astor back into the social life he once escaped. (I'll never forget his telling me how lucky I am to be me. "People like you because of your personality." Jack said he never could be sure anyone liked him for himself...

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Vera (Mrs. Paul Jr.) Cater was the lone casualty at the Junior Museum Guild's Tropical Park circus. While riding the "Scramble," she gripped so tightly on the swirl that her thong sandal was ripped right off her footsie.

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What started as her son Howie's birthday party took a Topsy turn and grew into a mob scene (hundreds attended) Saturday night at broker Ann Van Sciver's Miami Shores home.

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Conflict: Lovely Joan and Ben Cohen's big bid to a Spring party on March 29 at their DiLido Island home's specially-built soiree sector. Ben's the Mafia lawyer. Same night as the American Cancer Society's Derby Ball. Lillian Claughton (of the Claughton theatre chain) runs ACS like a spring chicken.
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Brunch with the bunch of Betty (Mrs. Waldo) Kelleigh's pals due at Delores (Mrs. Mike) McLaney's Pine Tree Drive casa on Wednesday before the Kelleigh's sway off to Boston.