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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A area and world that I was introduced to through a woman named Gloria Braggiotti Etting, who connected me with, among others, Hope Scott. Gloria was born in Florence, Italy, the youngest of eight children of an American mother and an Italian father who was an Italian tenor. Her mother died when Gloria was only 12 and the father moved his family to Boston to be near her mother’s relatives. Gloria was a creative child and pursued modern dance under Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn. Her social connections reached back to those childhood years, and included the Cushing sisters, daughters of Dr. Harvey Cushing, Amer-

ica’s premier neurosurgeon, all of whom became famous socially for their marriages to rich men: Mary (Minnie) Cushing Astor Fosburgh, Betsey Cushing Roosevelt Whitney, and Barbara (Babe) Cushing Mortimer Paley. During the Franklin Roosevelt presidency in the 1930s, when Betsey was married to James Roosevelt, the president’s eldest son, Gloria was often a guest at the president’s estate in Hyde Park, photographing her friends and their families. She moved to New York when she was 22 and pursued an acting and dancing career briefly. Her brother Mario was a concert pianist, famous in

Europe and a friend of George Gershwin. It was the height of the Jazz Age and Café Society. Mario and Gloria moved into it quickly and comfortably. Her own life blossomed out of it, and she became a writer/society reporter. Along the way, she met Lucius Beebe, a prominent society columnist who introduced her to the world of glamour and celebrity. When she was 29, she married a young Philadelphian named Emlen Etting, and they moved to Philadelphia, where his mother and aunt were very social figures. Gloria’s life was multi-faceted, enterprising, social, and artistic. She was naturally ambitious to make something

of her life. After giving up on modern dance and loving the social life she was introduced to in New York, she took up the camera. By her early 30s, it was her natural accessory when socializing or traveling or entertaining. With almost 50 years of reporting, writing, and photography behind her, in 1993 she published a beautiful little book of some of her archives called By The Way. The archives are vast, and when she died in her 94th year (in 2003), they were left to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her approach both socially and professionally was modest in manner, but curious, gentle, and friendly. She wasn’t shy. There was a warm and

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