Paige Rense

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Paige Rense, aka Paige Rense Noland (b. Des Moines, Iowa, 10 December 1928), is the ex-editor of Architectural Digest magazine, where she served as editor in chief from 1975 until 2010.[2] She is also the founder of the Arthur Rense Prize poetry award.[1][2] Rense founded the cookery magazine Bon Appétit, was editor in chief of GEO, and is the author of a mystery novel, Manor House (Doubleday, 1997).[3][4]

She is currently working on a book about the career of her late husband Kenneth Noland, the Color Field artist.[5]

Career[edit]

A high-school dropout, Rense began her career in journalism in the mid 1950s, as a member of the editorial staff of the skin-diving magazine Water World, where her future husband Arthur F. Rense was the managing editor.[6] After leaving Water World she wrote a how-to beauty book and a novel, in addition to articles for Cosmopolitan, and worked in publicity and advertising.[7]

In October 1970 Rense became associate editor of Architectural Digest. Six months later she was named head of the magazine after the murder of its editor in chief, Bradley Little, and was appointed editor in chief in 1975. She held that position until 2010, having transformed the magazine, which was founded in 1920 as a trade journal, into "a bible for the design world and increasing its circulation to more than 850,000 from 50,000 during her tenure".[8]

Awards[edit]

Paige Rense has been the recipient of:

  • The Museum of Arts & Design Achievement Award (2006)[3]
  • The American Academy of Achievement Award (2000)[4]
  • The Pratt Institute Founder Awards (1997)[5]
  • The Interior Design Hall of Fame Award (1985)[6]

Personal life[edit]

Born on 10 December 1928 and adopted as an infant by Lloyd R. Pashong (1895–1988), a Des Moines, Iowa, public-school custodian, and his wife, the former Margaret May Smith (1890–1983), she was originally known as Patty Lou Pashong[9] and took the name Paige as a teenager.[10] By 1940, the family was living at 1014 Douglas Avenue in Des Moines, the residence of her maternal grandmother, Martha Smith; her father then was working as a spinner in a wool mill.[11]

In the early 1940s she and her parents moved from Iowa, to Los Angeles, California After running away from home at age 15, she worked as an usherette in movie theaters.[12][13]

Rense has been married to:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Arthur F. Rense obituary, New York Times, January 5, 1991
  2. ^ American Academy of Arts and Letters
  3. ^ a b c [1]
  4. ^ Joanne Powell, "Paige Rense, Editor in Chief of Architectural Digest, Bon Appétit, and GEO", Washington Journalism Review, May 1983, pp 36-41
  5. ^ The Observer 2010
  6. ^ Charlayne Varkonyi, "Murder (and Interior Design) She Wrote", Miami Sun-Sentinel, 21 March 1997
  7. ^ Amanda Vaill, "The Only Dame in Town", New York Magazine, 21 February 1994, page 37
  8. ^ Joseph Plambeck, "Editor of Architectural Digest To Retire", The New York Times, 4 June 2010
  9. ^ Full name given in 1940 U.S. Federal Census, accessed on ancestry.com on 18 January 2017
  10. ^ Name change cited in Amanda Vaill, "The Only Dame in Town", New York Magazine, 21 February 1994, page 37
  11. ^ U.S. Federal Census, 1940, accessed on ancestry.com on 18 January 2017
  12. ^ Childhood move and running away cited in Amanda Vaill, "The Only Dame in Town", New York Magazine, 21 February 1994, page 37
  13. ^ Parents' names, maiden name, age (10 months), and father's occupation cited in 1930 U. S. Federal Census for Des Moines, Iowa, accessed on ancestry.com on 16 October 2010.
  14. ^ California Marriage Index, accessed on ancestry.com on 18 January 2017
  15. ^ U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1, accessed on ancestry.com on 18 January 2017
  16. ^ Florida, Divorce Index, 1927-2001, accessed on 18 January 2017
  17. ^ The RIP Post
  18. ^ U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1, accessed on ancestry.com on 18 January 2017
  19. ^ Dates of marriage and divorce and bride's maiden name stated on the California Divorce Index, 1966-1984, Case No 029389, accessed on ancestry.com on 16 October 2010
  20. ^ Kenneth Noland obituary

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