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Florence Pritchett

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Florence Pritchett
c. 1945
BornJune 28, 1920
West Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedNovember 9, 1965 (age 45)
New York City, U.S.
Other namesFlorence Pritchett Smith
OccupationFashion editor, journalist, radio and TV personality
Richard Canning
(m. 1940; div. 1943)
(m. 1947)

Florence "Flo" Pritchett, also known as Florence Pritchett Smith (June 28, 1920 – November 9, 1965), was an American fashion editor, journalist, and radio and TV personality.


Florence Pritchett was born on June 28, 1920 in West Orange, New Jersey. In 1940, she married Richard Canning. They divorced in 1943. In 1944, she met John F. Kennedy.[1] The two may have dated. They remained friends into the early 1960s.[2] Pritchett was also romantically linked to actors Robert Walker[3] and Errol Flynn.[4]

Pritchett worked as the fashion editor for New York Journal-American[5] and wrote articles for Photoplay.[6] She appeared as a panelist on the radio and TV program Leave It to the Girls from 1945 to 1953.[7] In 1946, she worked as a special representative for David O. Selznick, helping promote films like Duel in the Sun.[8][9]

Pritchett married Earl E. T. Smith in 1947. Smith was appointed ambassador to Cuba in 1957. That year, Pritchett established a three-year scholarship for Cuban students to study fashion, textile design, and interior design in the U.S.[10]

Florence Pritchett died of a cerebral heamorrhage on November 9, 1965 in New York City. Her book, These Entertaining People, was released by Macmillan Publishers in 1966.[11]


  1. ^ "Pritchett, Florence "Flo" | JFK Library". www.jfklibrary.org. Retrieved 2019-05-11.
  2. ^ Smith, Sally Bedell (2004-05-04). Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House. Random House Publishing Group. ISBN 9781588364098.
  3. ^ MacFadden Publications, Inc (1945). Photoplay (Jul-Dec 1945). Media History Digital Library. New York, MacFadden Publications, Inc. p. 447.
  4. ^ MacFadden Publications, Inc (1945). Photoplay (Jul-Dec 1945). Media History Digital Library. New York, MacFadden Publications, Inc. p. 275.
  5. ^ Variety (1945). Variety (April 1945). Media History Digital Library Media History Digital Library. New York, NY: Variety Publishing Company. p. 191.
  6. ^ MacFadden Publications, Inc (1946). Photoplay (Jul-Dec 1946). Media History Digital Library. New York, MacFadden Publications, Inc. p. 317.
  7. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2009-06-24). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Random House Publishing Group. p. 779. ISBN 9780307483201.
  8. ^ The Film Daily (Jul-Sep 1946). MBRS Library of Congress. Wid's Films and Film Folk, inc. July 1946. p. 404.CS1 maint: others (link)
  9. ^ Smyth, J. E. (2018-03-02). Nobody's Girl Friday: The Women Who Ran Hollywood. Oxford University Press. p. 83. ISBN 9780190840846.
  10. ^ Jr, Louis A. Pérez (2012-09-01). On Becoming Cuban: Identity, Nationality, and Culture. UNC Press Books. p. 410. ISBN 9781469601410.
  11. ^ Smith, Florence Pritchett (1966). These Entertaining People. Macmillan.
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