Since she couldn’t get into bars for a long time, she took all her friends out to lunches at The Ritz.
Her friend Ed Hennessy (who also stated that the reason he and Edie became friends was that they “never read newspapers, ever” – unless their names were in them, or their mother’s) remembers going with her to the Ritz once and her inviting people from other tables over. At one point she got a senator over, who got them all champagne. Then the bill came, and it was for $250, which was quite a lot in the early 60′s. Edie tipped 100%.
Ed said, “the next day, I realized that Edie really didn’t know what a tip should be. Probably it had never come up in her life before. She thought 100% was about right. I chatted with her about it the next day. “Edie, did you really mean to leave all that?I mean, did you like them so much you wanted sort of to go overboard?” She said she didn’t. I don’t think she knew.”
She did, however, sometimes like to stand up on the table at the Ritz and sing her favorite Rogers & Hart songs, so that was something she knew how to do.
She also stole their silverware.
Oh, I just like Edie so much.
Would you like to know what she and Ed looked like? This is what they looked like: