Lois Long

Lois Bancroft Long ( * December 15, 1901 in Stamford, Connecticut; † 29 July 1974 in Saratoga, New York) was an American columnist, at the time of Prohibition in particular through their work for the American magazine The New Yorker under her pseudonym Lipstick ( lipstick ) was known.


Lois was the first of three children of William J. Long (1866-1952) and Frances Bancroft Long. Her father was pastor of the First Congregational Church of Stamford ( Congregationalism ), had in 1892 received a degree at Harvard and then studied in Paris, Berlin, Heidelberg and at the Vatican. He considered himself a naturalist and used, partly together with his family for months in the "wilderness" of Maine to spend. He also wrote textbooks on English literature and science topics, illustrated by Charles Copeland or Charles Livingston Bull.

After graduating from Stamford High School Lois attended from 1918 Vassar College, where she studied English and French, and in 1922 graduated with a Major (Bachelor) in English. After graduating she moved to New York to work as a freelance writer for the magazines Vogue and Vanity Fair. When Vogue she soon received the Beauty Lipstick column whose name she took later as a pseudonym. 1925 Long got its own CBS radio talk show.

In the same year Harold Ross brought them together with Katharine Angell, the chief editor Ralph Ingersoll and the cartoonist Peter Arno and Helen Hokinson The to his newly founded and still heavily loss-making New Yorker magazine. There she wrote about fashion and lifestyle topics. In her column "On and off the Avenue: Feminine Fashions " they presented new fashion trends, while in "Table for Two" and "When Nights are Bold" grappled with the night life of Manhattan and dealt with their own dissolute life as a flapper. They also discussed at this time of Prohibition equally illegal nightclubs and bars as well as legal amusement venues such as the Cotton Club. Long used the rhetoric of satire and sarcasm and played with the then popular role models. Your way of working was often unusual. They often came early in the morning in their evening gowns and partly drunk directly from the clubs in the publisher. Her relationship with her ​​more conservative set boss Ross was tense because of it. Nevertheless, they remained until the end of their working life in 1970 at New York.

On August 13, 1927 Long married her colleague Peter Arno. They were married by Father Long's in Stamford. 1929, daughter Patricia was born. The couple divorced on 30 June 1931. In her second marriage she married on August 1, 1938 Donaldson Bride Thorburn, called Don, who was drafted into World War II little later. After his return in 1945 war they jointly wrote the book, No tumult, no shouting, the history of Seeaufklärers PBY. He died in 1952. On November 26, 1953 Long entered into a third marriage with Harold A. Fox, an investment broker from Easton, Pennsylvania.

In the documentary Prohibition from 2011 by Ken Burns she was portrayed.