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News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - Feb. 2, 2007--“Friendship is a pretty full-time occupation if you really are friendly with somebody,” writer, Truman Capote said. “You can’t have too many friends because then you’re just not really friends.”
It may seem like an odd match. Nonetheless, Joanne Carson, second wife of TV megastar Johnny Carson and literary whiz kid Truman Capote bonded in a friendship that lasted almost 20 years until Capote’s death in 1984.
Carson and Capote met for the first time in 1966 at a dinner party given by publishing icon Bennett Cerf. Cerf had become a regular guest on “The Tonight Show.” Capote was the wonder-boy riding on the coattails of his non-fiction hit “In Cold Blood.”
Capote loved the glitz and glamour of celebrity. Carson hated all the hoopla.
Despite basic differences, there was a child-like quality about the scratchy voiced Capote that was charming. In him, Carson said she could see the wounded child. It reminded her of her own early heartaches.
"When we split, everyone moved to Johnny," Joanne Carson said. "I had one person stay with me, and that was Truman. He took care of me when I was down, and I took care of him."
Joanne was one of a handful of friends who was there for Capote in the end. He took over two of the five bedrooms in her Bel-Air, Calif., home, spending months there every year, swimming and writing. Capote also died in Carson’s home from liver disease complicated by phlebitis, an inflammation of the veins, and drug intoxication.
After he passed away, Carson kept many of his things and also moved books, furniture, snapshots, clothes and memorabilia from his New York apartment to her home.
"The Private World of Truman Capote," Carson's 337-lot collection, sold on Nov. 9 at Bonhams, New York. The auction totaled $250,753.
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