Socialites

All that Kim Kardashian has to do to send social media into a tizzy is to splurge on a pair of fancy footwear! If Paris Hilton colors a single strand of her hair purple, it becomes an instant fashion statement! Such is the impact famous socialites have on their numerous fans the world over. Wealthy and recognized, socialites have a fashionable reputation and a high position in social society. While it may seem like the rising popularity of socialites is a recent phenomenon, it is not really so. The concept of socialites dates to the 18th and 19th century, but the early socialites did not enjoy the fame and popularity that their modern counterparts do. It was only in the late 21st that the line between being a socialite and a celebrity became blurred and many socialites were catapulted to the kind of fame once enjoyed only by pop stars and actors. Coming to the modern era, socialites have expanded their horizons and have ventured into the entertainment fields as well with their own super-hit reality TV shows like ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’, ‘Gossip Girl,’ and ‘The City.’ Intrigued to know more? Check out this section for more information about the top socialites of the world.
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 1 Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner
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Famous As: One of World's Top-earning Models
Birthdate: November 3, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Like many of her other family members, Kendall Jenner gained fame after starring in the American reality television show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which focuses on the personal and professional lives of the Kardashian-Jenner family. She is also a fashion model, co-designs a clothing line and was named the world's highest-paid model of 2018 in the Forbes top-earning models list.

 2 Kourtney Kardashian

Kourtney Kardashian
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Famous As: Model, Reality Star
Birthdate: April 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

One of the most popular social media celebrities in the US, Kourtney Kardashian is best known for her appearance in the TV series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Along with her sisters, she endorses products like prescription drugs, Coca-Cola, and waist slimming pants, for which she gets paid between $75,000 and $300,000 per post on social media.

 3 Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: February 17, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Paris Hilton comes from an affluent family and is the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels. A leaked 2001 sex tape with her then boyfriend, Rick Salomon, had created quite a scandal in 2003, which led her to act in the reality television series, The Simple Life. She’s also an actress, singer, model, author, socialite and businesswomen.

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 4 Khloé Kardashian

Khloé Kardashian
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Famous As: Talk Show Host, Socialite, Model
Birthdate: June 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Best known for playing a key role in the popular TV series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Khloé Kardashian is one of the most popular American celebrities on the internet. Having launched many clothing collections, she is also involved in the fashion industry. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, Khloé had a long-term memory loss but has recovered since.

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 5 Zsa Zsa Gabor

Zsa Zsa Gabor
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Famous As: Socialite, Actress
Birthdate: February 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: December 18, 2016
Zsa Zsa Gabor was a stage actor and also became Miss Hungary before she moved to the U.S. Fans loved her in Moulin Rouge and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3. She was known for her flamboyant lifestyle and her nine marriages, including one to hotelier Conrad Hilton. 

 6 Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton

Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton
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Famous As: Alexander Hamilton's Wife
Birthdate: August 9, 1757
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States
Died: November 9, 1854

The better half of one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton was involved in her husband’s political career during his lifetime and worked towards protecting his legacy after his death. A social worker, she lent support to multiple charitable causes including establishing New York’s first private orphanage.

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 7 Lady Colin Campbell

Lady Colin Campbell
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Andrew Parish, Jamaica

Jamaican-born British writer, socialite, and TV personality, Lady Colin Campbell, is known for publishing four books about the British royal family, including a biography of Diana, Princess of Wales. While her books about the royal family made her popular, she also faced criticism for some of her claims. She once kindled controversy for supporting sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, on TV.

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 8 Florence Foster Jenkins

Florence Foster Jenkins
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: July 19, 1868
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 26, 1944

Florence Foster Jenkins was an American socialite who was often ridiculed and mocked for her poor singing ability, which in turn made her popular. Known as the world's worst opera singer, Jenkins became a musical cult-figure in New York City due to her technical incompetence as an amateur soprano. Her life inspired several plays and films, including Florence Foster Jenkins.

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 9 Zelda Fitzgerald

Zelda Fitzgerald
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Famous As: Novelist, Socialite
Birthdate: July 24, 1900
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Died: March 10, 1948

Zelda Fitzgerald was a painter, socialite, and novelist. Along with her husband Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda became a prominent personality of the Jazz Age. Renowned for her high spirits and beauty, she was named the first American flapper by Scott. For her work as a novelist and painter, Fitzgerald was posthumously made an inductee to the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame.

 10 Eva Gabor

Eva Gabor
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Famous As: Played Lisa Douglas, the wife of Oliver Wendell Douglas, on the hit TV show Green Acres
Birthdate: February 11, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: July 4, 1995

Apart from being the sister of renowned actor Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eva Gabor was a talented actor in her own right. Known as Lisa Douglas from the sitcom Green Acres and its sequel, she was also famous for her voice roles in Disney movies. She later launched a fashion collection, too.

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 11 Angelica Schuyler Church

Angelica Schuyler Church
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Famous As: Socialite, Daughter of Continental Army General Philip Schuyler
Birthdate: February 20, 1756
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States
Died: March 6, 1814

A charming socialite, Angelica Schuyler Church was the daughter of Continental Army General, Philip Schuyler, and wife of British MP, John Barker Church. During her lifetime, she interacted with and created lasting friendship with numerous personalities, from revolutionaries to artists and politicians, like Edmund Burke, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. She has been portrayed in the acclaimed Broadway musical Hamilton.

 12 Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy

Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy
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Famous As: Publicist
Birthdate: January 7, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States
Died: July 16, 1999
Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy was a Calvin Klein publicist and the wife of John F. Kennedy Jr. Her fashion sense was often compared to that of her mother-in-law, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. A plane carrying Carolyn, her husband, and her older sister crashed off Martha's Vineyard in July 1999, killing all three.
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 13 Brody Jenner

Brody Jenner
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Famous As: Actor, Socialite, Film actor, Model
Birthdate: August 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 14 Pippa Middleton

Pippa Middleton
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Famous As: Socialite, Author
Birthdate: September 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reading, Berkshire, England
Philippa Charlotte Matthews, better known as Pippa Middleton, is the younger sister of Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. She soared to fame after appearing as the maid of honor at Kate’s wedding to Prince William. She is a columnist and editor and has also authored a book.

 15 Bijou Phillips

Bijou Phillips
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 1, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

 16 A'Lelia Walker

A'Lelia Walker
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: June 6, 1885
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States
Died: August 17, 1931
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 17 Edith Bouvier Beale

Edith Bouvier Beale
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Famous As: Former Model and socialite best known for her participation in the 1975 documentary film Grey Gardens by Albert and David Maysles
Birthdate: November 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: January 14, 2002

 18 Blanche Monnier

Blanche Monnier
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Famous As: Prisoner
Birthdate: March 1, 1849
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Poitiers, France
Died: October 13, 1913
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 19 Wallis Simpson

Wallis Simpson
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Famous As: Socialite, Wife of Former King-Emperor Edward VIII
Birthdate: June 19, 1896
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Square Cottage, Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: April 24, 1986

Wallis Simpson was an American socialite. She remains a controversial figure in the history of British politics as she played a major role in causing a constitutional crisis that eventually led to the abdication of British King Edward VIII. Edward VIII abdicated in order to marry Wallis as he could not marry Wallis, a divorcée, while remaining on the throne.

 20 Lydia Hearst

Lydia Hearst
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Famous As: Actor, Model, Socialite, Television actor
Birthdate: September 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wilton (Connecticut)
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 21 Christina Onassis

Christina Onassis
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Famous As: Businessperson, Socialite
Birthdate: December 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 19, 1988

The daughter of Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, Christina Onassis had an unhappy life. She lost both her parents shortly after her brother’s accidental death. She married and divorced 4 times and had a long struggle with eating disorders. She tragically died of a heart attack at 37.

 22 Frances Ford Seymour

Frances Ford Seymour
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: April 4, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brockville, Canada
Died: April 14, 1950
Canadian-American socialite Frances Ford Seymour, is best remembered as the second wife of actor Henry Fonda, and the mother of actors Peter and Jane Fonda. Henry was her second husband, and she was previously married to millionaire George Tuttle Brokaw. Seymour committed suicide shortly after her 42nd birthday.
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 23 Gloria Vanderbilt

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Famous As: Artist and Fashion Designer Best Remembered for her Custody Battle
Birthdate: February 20, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: June 17, 2019

Gloria Vanderbilt was an American fashion designer, actress, author, and socialite. As a child, she was subjected to a child custody trial, which the press named trial of the century due to its high-profile nature. As a designer, Vanderbilt is credited with developing and popularizing designer blue jeans. She also launched a line of household goods and perfumes.

 24 Dina Merrill

Dina Merrill
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Famous As: Actress, Socialite, Philanthropist
Birthdate: December 29, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: May 22, 2017
Socialite/actor Dina Merrill was the only child of Post Cereals owner Marjorie Merriweather Post and stockbroker and financier Edward Francis Hutton. Dina served RKO Pictures as their vice chairperson. She also appeared in movies such as The Sundowners and Butterfield 8, and was on the boards of various charitable trusts.
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 25 Isabel Preysler

Isabel Preysler
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: February 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

Isabel Preysler is a  Filipina socialite and TV host. As a teenager, she participated in beauty pageants and worked as a model. She later started working as a journalist. An elegant woman, she is considered a fashion icon. Her first husband was Julio Iglesias, a Spanish singer.  Enrique Iglesias and Julio Iglesias Jr. are her sons.

 26 Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner
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Famous As: The Most Followed Woman on Instagram
Birthdate: August 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
An elite socialite and fashion model, Kylie Jenner is the head of Kylie Cosmetics and creator of the hugely popular line of lipsticks, Kylie Lip Kit. Thrown into the limelight in her teens, courtesy the reality series Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Jenner has since gone on to become a highly successful businesswomen and social media influencer.
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 27 Madame de Pompadour

Madame de Pompadour
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Famous As: Noblewomen
Birthdate: December 29, 1721
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 15, 1764

 28 Patrizia Reggiani

Patrizia Reggiani
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: December 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vignola, Italy
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 29 Jocelyn Wildenstein

Jocelyn Wildenstein
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: August 5, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lausanne
Catwoman Jocelyn Wildenstein apparently spent $5 million on surgical procedures to please her former husband, Alec Wildenstein, who loved cats. The Swiss-born American model and socialite later secured one of the costliest divorce settlements. She has reportedly denied having gone under the knife for any cosmetic surgery.

 30 Lee Radziwill

Lee Radziwill
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Famous As: Socialite, Actress, Interior Decorator
Birthdate: March 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: February 15, 2019

Lee Radziwill was an American interior decorator and public-relations executive. The younger sister of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Radziwill was a well-known socialite and often featured in lists, such as The Guardian's 50 best-dressed people over 50. Despite an unsuccessful attempt to forge an acting career, Radziwill managed to hog the limelight due to her fashion sense.

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 31 Barbara Hutton

Barbara Hutton
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Famous As: Socialites
Birthdate: November 14, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: May 11, 1979

 32 Jack Parsons

Jack Parsons
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Famous As: Researcher
Birthdate: October 2, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: June 17, 1952

Rocketry pioneer Jack Parsons is best remembered as one of the founders of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He also co-established the Aerojet Engineering Corporation and developed the first rocket engine that used a propellant. He was also known for his multiple sexual affairs and sex cult rituals.

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 33 Kim Richards

Kim Richards
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 19, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mineola, New York, United States
Kim Richards, who is also socialite Paris Hilton’s aunt, began he career as a child actor, with significant roles in shows such as Nanny and the Professor and movies such as Escape to Witch Mountain. She later gained fame as a reality star on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

 34 Kathy Hilton

Kathy Hilton
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 35 Marjorie Merriweather Post

Marjorie Merriweather Post
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: March 15, 1887
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States
Died: September 12, 1973
Entrepreneur and socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post was the daughter of General Foods founder C.W. Post. She diversified her father’s business by introducing a frozen food line to the pre-extisting cereal company. She was also known for her fetish for Russian art and her mansion Mar-a-Lago, later purchased by Donald Trump.

 36 Conrad Hilton Jr.

Conrad Hilton Jr.
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Famous As: Socialite, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 6, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Died: March 31, 1969

Born into luxury, the eldest son of Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton, Conrad Hilton Jr. was quite a playboy. Not only was he Elizabeth Taylor’s first husband, he also had an affair with his stepmother, Zsa Zsa Gabor. Addicted to alcohol and gambling, he died of a heart attack at 42.

 37 Doris Duke

Doris Duke
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Famous As: Correspondent
Birthdate: November 22, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: October 28, 1993

 38 Liliane Bettencourt

Liliane Bettencourt
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Famous As: Shareholder of L'Oréal
Birthdate: October 21, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 20, 2017
Former L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt was the world’s richest woman at the time of her death. She had apparently gifted celebrity photographer François-Marie Banier cash and gifts worth a billion euros, leading her daughter to file a case against Banier later. Bettencourt was also involved in medical and cultural philanthropy.

 39 EJ Johnson

EJ Johnson
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: June 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Beverly Hills, California, U.S.

 40 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: December 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, UK
Died: February 8, 2017

 41 Dasha Zhukova

Dasha Zhukova
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Famous As: Businesswoman & Art Collector
Birthdate: June 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Moscow-born businesswoman Dasha Zhukova not only co-owns a fashion label but is also an art connoisseur who has established the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and founded Garage magazine. She was previously married to business tycoon and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and later married shipping heir Stavros Niarchos III. 

 42 Lady Randolph Churchill

Lady Randolph Churchill
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Famous As: Socialite, Mother of Winston Churchill
Birthdate: January 9, 1854
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cobble Hill, New York, United States
Died: June 29, 1921

 43 Tinsley Mortimer

Tinsley Mortimer
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Famous As: Reality TV Personality
Birthdate: August 11, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, USA

 44 Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll

Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: December 1, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Newton Mearns, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Died: July 25, 1993

 45 Diana Mitford

Diana Mitford
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: June 17, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Belgravia, Westminster, London, England
Died: August 11, 2003

 46 Madeleine Astor

Madeleine Astor
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: June 19, 1893
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: March 27, 1940

 47 Consuelo Vanderbilt

Consuelo Vanderbilt
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: March 2, 1877
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: December 6, 1964

 48 Tamara Ecclestone

Tamara Ecclestone
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: June 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

 49 Magda Gabor

Magda Gabor
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 11, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: June 6, 1997

The elder sister of Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor, Magda Gabor was an actor who had appeared in the film Modern Girls and on a few TV shows. She was rumored to be the mistress of the Portuguese ambassador to Hungary and had later married 6 times.

 50 Spencer Pratt

Spencer Pratt
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Famous As: Actor, Socialite
Birthdate: August 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles