New Orleans socialite and philanthropist Mickey Easterling died on April 14, yet attended her final party on April 22. And by party, we mean wake, with a cigarette and a champagne flute in hand.
The body of Easterling, 83, was propped up on a wrought iron bench in the Saenger Theater on Canal Street. In her left hand sat a cigarette in a fashionable holder, and a favored Waterford Champagne flute was placed in her right hand. A bottle of Easterling's favorite Champagne, Veuve Clicquot, was displayed to her right on a small side table.
“My goal was to make her look even prettier than she was in real life, because she was a larger-than-life person," Easterling's friend Sammy Steele III tells The Advocate. Steele applied Easterling's cosmetics for the party and drew from Easterling's own wardrobe to dress her. She selected a floral print dress by Leonard, a black hat, hot pink boa and a diamond-studded pin that read "B--ch."
According to The Advocate, Easterling's daughter Nanci Myke said, “It’s a really nice way to say, ‘The party’s over.’”
Easterling is remembered for her vast New Orleans philanthropic endeavors, including being a member of the Orleans Levee District, the Audubon Park board and the Delta Festival Ballet.