Betsy Bloomingdale

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Betsy Bloomingdale
Born Betty Lee Newling
(1922-08-02) August 2, 1922 (age 92)[1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Socialite
Spouse(s) Alfred S. Bloomingdale (1946-82; his death)

Betsy Bloomingdale (born Betty Lee Newling; August 2, 1922) is an American socialite and philanthropist. She is the widow of businessman Alfred S. Bloomingdale, heir to the department store chain.[2] International Best Dressed List since 1970.[3][4]


Betty Lee Newling was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, to a socially prominent family. She is a frequent party host, mainly for charity, for which she has been dubbed "Good Queen Betts".[5]

Mrs. Bloomingdale is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles, currently residing in Holmby Hills. A practicing Roman Catholic, she has been involved in fundraising projects for the Los Angeles Cathedral. She also contributed to the funding for the development of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

Her life and marriage and her husband's well-publicized affair were the basis of Dominick Dunne's novel An Inconvenient Woman. [6] Bloomingdale remained friendly with Dunne, appearing with him at the annual Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2006. Other friends include Nancy Reagan, Joan Collins and Nan Kempner.

In 2007, Bloomingdale took part in presenting fashion designer James Galanos with the Rodeo Drive Style Award,[7] and attended the opening of "Nancy Reagan: A First Lady's Style", an exhibit chronicling Nancy Reagan's different clothing at the Reagan Presidential Library.

In 2009, Bloomingdale was the subject of an exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. The exhibit called, "High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture" displayed 60 Haute Couture gowns that she had collected since the 1960s.[8]


  1. ^ Born in 1922 as per California Births, 1905-1995. Family Tree Legends Records Collection (Online Database). Pearl Street Software, 2004-2005
  2. ^ "Alfred S. Bloomingdale Biography (1916–82)". Retrieved 2008-01-01. [dead link]
  3. ^ VF Staff (1970). "World's Best Dressed Women". The International Hall of Fame: Women. Vanity Fair. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ Ultimate Style - The Best of the Best Dressed List. 2004. p. 158. ISBN 2843235138. 
  5. ^ "Was it for Love or Money?". Time. 1982-10-04. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  6. ^ "Fatal Charms & The Mansions of Limbo" by Dominick Dunne, Ballantine Books, page 55.
  7. ^ "Designer James Galanos Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Induction Ceremony and Plaque Unveiling". McClatchy Tribune. October 18, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-20. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Betsy Bloomingdale". 2007-11-10. Retrieved 2008-01-02.