Ms. Littman, who died at 90, lived an amazing life, getting to know, and influencing, people from Hollywood to New York to London. She knew “everyone” and called on her many relationships in her fight against AIDS.
Princess Diana surprised her by donating her wardrobe to the auction to benefit her AIDS Charitable Trust and other charities.
“She rang me in the morning. She said: ‘I have a wonderful idea. I’m going to give you all of my dresses.’ I didn’t know quite what that meant. I thought, Oh, God, do I dress that badly?”
“An oft-told story about Ms. Littman goes like this: Mr. Capote and Ms. Littman were sitting at the pool at Cipriani’s in Venice in the late 1970s when Ms. Littman pointed out an extremely thin woman. “That is anorexia nervosa,” she declared. And Mr. Capote replied, “Oh Marguerite, you know everybody.”