Italian countess Camilla Pecci Blunt grew up surrounded by art and artists between Rome and New York, where her mother owned galleries. After marrying record executive and art curator Earl McGrath in 1963, they welcomed an extraordinary mix of famous and talented people into their home, and Camilla captured the essence of their personalities on film in casual, playful moments. Among these 600 photos are candid portraits of cultural icons like Jackie Kennedy, Jerome Robbins, Sammy Davis Jr., Nancy Pelosi, Andy Warhol, Carrie Fisher, Jasper Johns, Allen Ginsberg, the Rolling Stones, Bette Midler, Keith Haring, Linda Ronstadt, Sharon Tate, John Waters, Joan Didion, David Hockney, and Barbra Streisand.
"A gorgeous, jet-set testament to the delicious depth of the McGraths' personal address book…. The book documents the warm, relaxed intimacies of Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, and Paloma Picasso at a birthday party for Jerry Hall in 1985; the Dunnes (that's Joan Didion and John Gregory) at Thanksgiving in 1992; the Agnellis on their yacht; Jackie and Lee on a sisterly trip to Italy; Peter Beard in the Hamptons; Harrison Ford chatting up Carrie Fisher in a doorway; and the carousing of everyone from New York's Frank O'Hara to Los Angeles's Sharon Tate. Examining Camilla's tender, unassuming portraits, one doesn't get the sense of a predatory paparazzo behind the lens, but rather a close friend shooting someone in a moment of letting their guard down. These are larger-than-life figures brought down to coffee-table size."—Interview