Mixed-Race Socialite: Susan Fales-Hill
Socialite/Writer/Producer/Author: Susan Fales-Hill
Susan Fales-Hill is a Multi-Racial author, television writer and producer.
Susan is also the daughter of both a mother who was part of the
"black"-elite and a father who was a part of the "wasp"-elite.
Her mother -- the late Josephine Premice was both a
Broadway star and a member of the socio-economic
group often referred to as `The "black" Upper-Class'.
Her father -- Timothy Fales -- is a member of the
socio-economic group referred to as `The "WASP^"
Upper-Class' (^White Anglo-Saxon Protestant)
Her parents were married by the famous Multi-Racial `politician,
social-activist and minister ` known as Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
In addition to sponsoring multiple social functions, Ms. Fales-Hill
has also written a book in honor of her mother's life and career.
The book is entitled "Always Wear Joy : My Mother Bold and
Beautful" and a review of the book is listed as follows:
[["Josephine Premice, a beautiful and talented performer who
never achieved the fame of contemporaries Diahann Carroll
and Lena Horne, was equally dazzling as a wife and mother.
Fales-Hill recalls the eclectic and effervescent family life spawned
by her glamorous Haitian-born mother and a seafaring WASP father,
circulating from Italy to New York 's Upper West Side to Harlem to a
wealthy Connecticut estate, with side trips to Broadway and Hollywood .
Premice's career suffered as a result of the thin prospects for entertainers considered
too black for the 1950s and not black enough for the opportunities that came later.
Fales-Hill, a television producer, had her own struggles with stereotypical
images of the black experience, which didn't include her privileged background ...]]
Photos of Susan as part of the New York Social Diary:
Photo of Susan at a function given by the American Ballet Theatre:
Photos of and more information on the Fales family:
(Susan Fales-Hill with Bobby Short) (Susan at an ABT Function)
(Cover of Susan's book, "Always Wear Joy")