November 24, 2012

Hollywood hostess Wald dies at 96

Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES - Connie Wald, an elegant matriarch of old Hollywood known for the low-key dinner parties she held for friends such as Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn, died of natural causes Nov. 10 at her Beverly Hills home. She was 96.

The widow of Jerry Wald, who produced Oscar-winning films including "Mildred Pierce" and "Key Largo," Connie Wald was a celebrated hostess, who gathered A-list stars around her dinner table for home-cooked dishes such as roast chicken and bread pudding.

"She was so unpretentious," producer William Frye, a longtime friend, said Thursday, "but she still had a wonderful style about herself."


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