Denise Hale

CATEGORY: Socialites

WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE: Born as Danica (Dusica) Radosavljevic in Serbia, Hale has been one of the Grande Dames of society since long before today’s leading ladies were fantasizing about the designs of their debutante gowns. In fact, she may have taught today’s charity circuit queens a thing or two about how to rule. Ann Getty, Nancy Pelosi, and Michael Tilson Thomas are at the top of her list of favorite friends, while her husbands have included a wealthy Italian businessman, film director Vincente Minnelli, and Prentis Cobb Hale, the department-store mogul and a staple of San Francisco high society in his own right. She has an art collection that belongs in museums, and a wardrobe that does as well—she is often included on international best-dressed lists.