The thing you have to know about the Mercers was that what was animating their involvement in this 2016 cycle as much as anything else, according to people that know them, was their hatred of Hillary Clinton. It goes back to this idea that Bob Mercer believes the Clintons literally were murderers. He reads pretty far-right journals and had become convinced that they were crooks and worse.
Jane Mayer,New Yorker staff writer, on the Mercer family’s influence on the Trump presidency
Jane Engelhard with masks and sculpture, Vogue, 1949. Photograph by Horst P. Horst.
Jane Engelhard was a patron of numerous causes and institutions, including the New Jersey Symphony. She served on the Boards the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Morgan Library. She also was a member of the Fine Arts Committee of the White House, organized during the Kennedy administration; the decoration of the Small State Dining Room is among her reported contributions to the restoration of the White House.
Monroe poses backstage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood with Thomas Moulton, to whom she had just presented the Academy Award for Best Sound Recording for All About Eve. For this, her only appearance on an Oscar show, Marilyn wore an evening gown of black tulle. The extremely low-cut sweetheart neckline was obscured with a layer of tulle that could be worn up over the shoulders or pulled down. Clusters of sequins brightened up the many yards of fabric that made up the skirt.
Shortly before taking the stage, Marilyn noticed that the skirt was torn. She panicked and while Jane Greer, Debra Paget, and Gloria DeHaven soothed her nerves, a seamstress rushed over and repaired the damage. The gown was a hand-me-down, originally worn by Valentina Cortese in The House on Telegraph Hill, filmed several months before the event.