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1. The first woman we meet came to the Barbizon in 1947 and was considered to be the "face of the hotel". She explained to us that in the 1950s the hotel used her for advertisements to show that their guests were like her characters in "Rear Window" or "High Society". She also said her stay helped groom her for her future role as Princess of Monaco. Who is she?
2. The next person we talk to tells us that even though the rooms at the Barbizon were small, measuring only 9 feet by 12 feet, they were within walking distance of some of the greatest night spots in the city. This woman loved New York so much that she moved back to the Big Apple after her husband, Humphrey Bogart, died. Who is this star of such films as "Key Largo" and "How To Marry A Millionaire"?
3. The next woman we meet said that the Barbizon was named after a famous French art movement. This was to encourage not just future secretaries but also young ladies interested in the arts and theater. Since her mother, Judy Garland, let her move here at age 16 to work in Broadway she was glad of the connection. Who is this woman who also starred in movies such as "Cabaret" and "Arthur"?
4. The next person we chat with tells us that the Ford Modeling agency, run by Eileen Ford, utilized the Barbizon to house many of their up and coming models. This person was happy about that since she was a Ford model before her movie and television career. Who is this daughter of a ventriloquist who would later be well known as "Murphy Brown"?
5. We next talk to a woman who tells us that the girls living at the Barbizon were carefully monitored by chaperones who taught them etiquette and grace. She was glad of this since she came to the Barbizon hoping to become a ballerina. Instead she ended up being a television star in "Charlie's Angels". Who is this woman who also started a popular clothing line for KMart stores?
6. The next party goer tell us that the Barbizon had entertainment within its four walls in the form of a lounge that could seat 300 for theatrical events. This was good news for her as she spent much of her time on Broadway. Who is this stage and film actress who is probably best known as the matriarch on the television show "Dallas"?
7. The next person tells us that the Barbizon cost $28 a week in the 1960s which was a great deal. This was especially appealing to her because she only received $22,000 for her starring role in the movie "Love Story". Who is this film star who also advocates yoga and fights against animal cruelty?
8. The next woman we talk with tells us that the application process to get in the Barbizon was very strict and involved recommendations as well as a girl's looks and actions. Since she was once a participant in Miss America and used her winnings to go to New York, she was familiar with the screening process. Who is this woman who later would become well known as Phyllis on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"?
9. The next person we chat with tells us that her parents let her move from Memphis, Tennessee to the Barbizon Hotel because of its sterling reputation and impeccable safety record. Visitors all had to sign in and out, security guards watched everything, and men could not go past the lobby. Who is this girl from the South who would later be a model, star in the television show "Moonlighting", and perform opposite Robert De Niro in "Taxi Driver"?
10. The next person we converse with tells us the Barbizon opened in the 1920s to attract young ladies during the Jazz Age and to act as a charm school, a dorm, and a place to meet eligible young men. This timing worked out well for her as she had just arrived in New York and had not yet started her 45 year Hollywood career. Who is this screen legend who was also described as "Mommie Dearest" by her daughter's book?
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