Editor, designer D.D. Ryan dead at 79

July 29, 2007 at 8:53 PM

NEW YORK, July 29 (UPI) -- D.D. Ryan, the former Harper's Bazaar editor who was also a creative force behind the popular "Eloise" books, has died in New York at age 79.

A frequent presence on best-dressed lists, Ryan died at a hospice of complications of lung cancer, her son, Drew Dixon Ryan, told The New York Times.

The Bristol, R.I., native was credited with encouraging her friend, cabaret singer Kay Thompson, to write a book about Eloise, a character Thompson played to amuse her friends.

She introduced Thompson to illustrator Hilary Knight, the woman whose drawings would capture young Eloise's adventures at Manhattan's posh Plaza Hotel in the 1955 book, "Eloise," as well as several popular sequels.

"The book would never have existed without D.D. Never," Knight told the Times.

Ryan is also known for working as a "Harper's" photo editor under renowned editor Diana Vreeland, designing the costumes for Stephen Sondheim's 1970 Broadway musical "Company" and hanging out with the likes of Cole Porter, Andy Warhol and Truman Capote.

Ryan is survived by her sons, Drew Dixon Ryan and Beau Barry Ryan, and three grandchildren.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending News
Will Smith returns to music with new song after 10-year hiatus
'Doctor Who' spinoff series to start filming this spring in Wales
Rita Ora, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker dating
Vegan celebs turn up for Peta's 35th anniversary party
George R.R. Martin slashes 'Game of Thrones' movie rumors