LIBBY HOLMAN (in photo with Clift) (May 23, 1904 – June 18, 1971) American torch singer and stage actress who achieved notoriety for her complex and unconventional personal life; lovers included Jane Bowles • [August 6, 1955] “I had supper at Salka’s, with Virginia and a nice couple – the Fred Greens – who are friends of Montgomery Cliff – now reportedly drinking himself out of his career in the elderly arms of Libby Holman.” (Christopher Isherwood Diaries: 1939-1960, Vol. I, p518)
"In this disarming love letter — a true testament to the modernist ethos of piercing honesty, exquisite simplicity, and elegant imperfection — Charles proposes to Ray" (Popova, 2013). www.brainpickings.org
HAROLD NICOLSON • English diplomat, author, diarist and politician. • Husband (open marriage) of writer Vita Sackville-West. • His younger son Nigel published works by and about his parents, including Portrait of a Marriage, their correspondence, and Nicolson's diary.