Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with George L. West
Then there was a great stall in getting a DCM (Deputy Chief of Mission) for her. The department recommended a fellow named George Renchard, who was quite well-off, who had been with Cordell Hull's outer office, broken by a weekend assignment up to Ottawa, and his wife was quite wealthy. In fact, quite many years later, they lent Truman their residence in Washington, while some of the intensive work was going on in the White House. They wanted to send George Renchard there. This is sort of funny, my having been turned down in favor in Renchard to The Hague. He was a good friend of mine. She'd [Perle Mesta] call up Harry and say... What she wanted was a bachelor. She'd gotten a military aide, he wasn't really an Attach�, Bertie Hoffman, who was very nice, very social. He would be her escort.
She had her sister, who was really the power behind the throne in terms of all this nefarious plotting, and her niece, plus she'd gotten a gal from the Press Club, professed to be her public affairs officer. Then she had brought her personal secretary. She had all these women, and she wanted to pair them. She was thinking very much of the social side.
As a matter of fact, our Vice Consul was transferred out shortly after she got there. They named somebody who was then down in Marseille, but who was going home on home leave, to succeed this fellow as Vice Consul, Third Secretary.
So she asked if he could come by Luxembourg on his way home on leave. She quizzed him, and no he wasn't married and all that. Of course, the guy got back to the States and got married, so he's out, send someone else.
They go on about Renchard. There was a letter from Chief of Personnel, Don Smith signed it. I eventually found out who wrote it. It was the stupidest letter to ever go out of the Department of State. It said: Mrs. Renchard is a woman of some means and a very accomplished hostess, and would be of great assistance to you in your representational activities — telling “The Hostess with the Mostest.”
I think this arrived at the same time Lindsay Crouse was visiting in preparation for the musical Call Me Madam. I wasn't fancy pants, actually, that was my...
She eventually got a guy. Meanwhile, she was over in the States, and she spent about five months over there. And they paraded all these models in front of her. She finally got a guy named Clinton Swayze, who was not married. He lit up as a homosexual. He had these exquisite tastes, and she was the most gauche person you could...
Q: She was Oklahoma oil or something.