Nina became known for her parties. The floors at their apartment at 1060 Park were waxed to a high sheen, and she befriended luminaries – among whom were Doris Lilly, who was so convinced that Holly Golightly was all based on her, her, her! She prepared lavish Southern buffets, which she made entirely by herself (people were continually surprised that she was an excellent cook, but, like Holly, she could only cook certain dishes).
As he grew older, Truman came up with guest lists as well, and introduced his own friends.Â Phyllis Cerf recalled the parties at 1060 Park and claimed that she saw “everybody from Marlene Deitrich to Walter Winchell.”
Truman was also friends with Christopher Isherwood, whose Goodbye to Berlin inspired the musical Cabaret. His description of the bohemian cabaret singer Sally Bowles almost certainly influenced Truman’s later depiction of Holly Golightly. For a while, it would seem, they all had a perfectly marvelous time, with no mean reds to speak of.
However one of their friends recall a party that didn’t work out so well. On the day Joe – who had been, for some time, having financial difficulties – was accused of embezzlement. Nina was hosting a party. No one showed.