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Wendy Reves

January 1, 2019

1992 – Cap Martin, France

In 1939, Wendy Reves began a successful modeling career in New York. In 1948, she met her husband Emery Reves. From that time onward, their lives were intertwined. Wendy and Emery purchased the magnificent Villa La Pausa from Coco Chanel, which became a lively scene of artistic, intellectual and political discussion for twenty-five years. In the process, Wendy Reves became the elegant first lady of the Cote d�Azur. Among celebrated guests at the villa were Field Marshal Montgomery, Anthony Eden, the Duke of Windsor, French President R’ne Coty, Konrad Adenauer, Noel Coward, Aristotle Onassis, Somerset Maugham, Greta Garbo and Rose Kennedy. Winston Churchill spent many months each year at La Pausa. In his words, “Pausaland was a temple of peace.” Even after Mr. Reves’ death in 1981, Wendy remained a whirlwind of activity, contributing the treasured Reves art and antiques collections to the Dallas Museum of Art and founding the Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William and Mary. She has received the Kamen award for philanthropy, the National Arts Club’s Award of Philanthropy (New York), the J.K. Wilson award (Dallas) and is Honorary Trustee of the International Churchill Society and Trustee and Fellow of Westminster College. She has endowed the Northwood University International Costume Collection and her personal collection of couture apparel is one of its highlights. (Deceased, 2007)