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Famed NY socialite and 'it girl' Cornelia Guest relocates to Dallas

Famed NY socialite and 'it girl' Cornelia Guest relocates to Dallas

Cornelia Guest
Welcome to Dallas, Cornelia. Courtesy photo

One of New York's most famous high-society bon vivants has moved to Texas: Cornelia Guest, actress and animal advocate, has decamped from the Northeast and is now a resident of Dallas.

Guest has been spotted frequenting shops at Inwood Village, and a spokesperson confirmed that she had moved to Dallas in mid-January, saying that "she is there to stay."

She has also put her 456-acre estate in Ancramdale, New York, up for sale, asking price $4.75 million. It features a 6,000-square-foot main house with six bedrooms, five bathrooms, a guest house, barns, fields, and trails.

The daughter of American fashion icon CZ Guest and polo champion Winston Frederick Churchill Guest, Cornelia was only 18 when she joined the glamorous '80s New York club scene, frequenting legendary hotspots like Studio 54, Xenon, and Regine's. With her blue-blood background, mane of blond hair, and stunning good looks, she became a favorite of art and fashion figures such as Halston and Andy Warhol (who painted her portrait).

She was Debutante of the Decade at the 1982 International Debutante Ball in New York City, earning her the nickname "Deb of the Decade" among the press, while the New York Times called her the original "celebutante."

She's written two books, including 1986's Debutante's Guide to Life, and her 2012 book, Cornelia Guest's Simple Pleasures: Healthy Seasonal Cooking and Easy Entertaining, which features recipes such as chilled asparagus soup and quinoa salad.

In 2012, she withdrew from the social scene to chart her own course. She sold Templeton, her family's stately home on Long Island, where her parents had hosted luminaries such as the Kennedys, Truman Capote, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. It was subsequently razed in 2016.

Guest was an equestrienne who always felt compassion for animals and avoided eating animal products from childhood. After her mother became ill, she switched over to a vegan program full-time.

According to the New York Post, part of the motivation for her move was finding a home for her menagerie of animals she has rescued. Her initial thought was to move to Los Angeles, but she decided that Texas would be a better option. Her rescues include mini horses, donkeys, Guinea hens, a Sulcata tortoise, ducks, chickens, peacocks, cats, and dogs.

An avowed animal advocate, Guest also created in 2014 a line of cruelty-free handbags and motorcycle jackets that do not use leather or other animal products, that won her the Fashion Group's Rising Star Award.