It seems that New Orleans is the place for characters, I mean real characters, we seem to breed characters, it’s in our blood and bones. You can’t make yourself a character, you either are or aren’t.
And if you try to make yourself one then it’s not authentic. But if you are trying to make yourself a character then, there ya go, you are already a character for wanting to make yourself one. Capiche?
Only in New Orleans: Local Socialite Holds Court at Her Own Funeral
Recently New Orleans mourned and then celebrated the passing of a true character of epic proportions, Mickie Easterling. Anybody who knew anything about the social scene in New Orleans knew who Ms. Easterling was.
She was known for giving lavish parties where the very top poloi of the hoipoloi would show up. And we are talking celebrities of the first order covering the gamut of politicians to movie stars and world-wind jet setters.
She was also known for her outlandish hats and elegant dress. But besides all that she was also well known for her contributions to the community giving generously her time and money to deserving social causes. And she wanted to go out with a big bang with the same outrageousness as she had lived her life.
So her memorial service was held at the newly renovated Saenger Theatre, well attended by the famous and not so famous that knew her well and all she had done for the city. And there sitting in a chair surrounded by flowers and such was the grand dame herself decked out in her finery, a large hat, one hand with a cigarette in a long black holder and the other a full glass of champagne.
She was the picture of loveliness and projected serenity and peace. It reminds of me of how in certain places in the far east when a master dies they prop him up to allow his disciples to come pay their respects.
I don’t know. When I first saw this photo it seemed a little creepy but now it just seems comforting to see her so casually resting there, relaxed, not a care in the world. Her life over, her mission complete. And a fitting tribute to how she lived so large and what she gave to the city of New Orleans.
You can read more about Ms Easterling in this article from The Advocate New Orleans