Susan Mary Alsop, née Jay (1918-2004) was a celebrated political hostess and author. A descendant of John Jay, she belonged to the privileged Eastern American establishment. In the 1940s, she went with her first husband William Patten to Paris, where he worked for the embassy, and joined the highest diplomatic and social circles. She was known as "stylish, intelligent, loving and good, and very funny." After Patten's death, she returned to the USA and married newspaper columnist Joe Alsop, and became the grande dame of Washington society. She also was the author of several bestselling nonfiction works.