Photos: Mickey Easterling at the Saenger Theater

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- After passing away April 14, Mickey Easterling, a New Orleans socialite known as much for her grand lifestyle and outlandish hats as for her civic, cultural and political activism, sits on a bench surrounded by flowers and some of her other favorite things at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Her family declined to release her age, noting she once said, Age is a number, and mines unlisted. Easterling, born Marycathyren Gambino, hosted many charity and political fundraisers at her home, welcoming such guests as singers Paul Simon and Robert Goulet, actor Larry Hagman, writer and composer Paul Bowles and a range of political figures including former Gov. Edwin Edwards and retired Gen. Wesley Clark.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee Allen Toussaint pays his respects at the display of Mickey Easterling at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, April 22, 2014. After passing away April 14, Mickey Easterling, a New Orleans socialite known as much for her grand lifestyle and outlandish hats as for her civic, cultural and political activism, sits on a bench surrounded by flowers and some of her other favorite things. Her family declined to release her age, noting she once said, Age is a number, and mines unlisted. Easterling, born Marycathyren Gambino, hosted many charity and political fundraisers at her home, welcoming such guests as singers Paul Simon and Robert Goulet, actor Larry Hagman, writer and composer Paul Bowles and a range of political figures including former Gov. Edwin Edwards and retired Gen. Wesley Clark.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- After passing away April 14, Mickey Easterling, a New Orleans socialite known as much for her grand lifestyle and outlandish hats as for her civic, cultural and political activism, sits on a bench surrounded by flowers and some of her other favorite things at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Her family declined to release her age, noting she once said, Age is a number, and mines unlisted. Easterling, born Marycathyren Gambino, hosted many charity and political fundraisers at her home, welcoming such guests as singers Paul Simon and Robert Goulet, actor Larry Hagman, writer and composer Paul Bowles and a range of political figures including former Gov. Edwin Edwards and retired Gen. Wesley Clark.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Sue Rihner, left, Joann Tripoli pay their respects at the display of Mickey Easterling at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, April 22, 2014. After passing away April 14, Mickey Easterling, a New Orleans socialite known as much for her grand lifestyle and outlandish hats as for her civic, cultural and political activism, sits on a bench surrounded by flowers and some of her other favorite things. Her family declined to release her age, noting she once said, Age is a number, and mines unlisted. Easterling, born Marycathyren Gambino, hosted many charity and political fundraisers at her home, welcoming such guests as singers Paul Simon and Robert Goulet, actor Larry Hagman, writer and composer Paul Bowles and a range of political figures including former Gov. Edwin Edwards and retired Gen. Wesley Clark.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Darleen Crane and Valerie Landry pay their respects at the display of Mickey Easterling at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, April 22, 2014. After passing away April 14, Mickey Easterling, a New Orleans socialite known as much for her grand lifestyle and outlandish hats as for her civic, cultural and political activism, sits on a bench surrounded by flowers and some of her other favorite things. Her family declined to release her age, noting she once said, Age is a number, and mines unlisted. Easterling, born Marycathyren Gambino, hosted many charity and political fundraisers at her home, welcoming such guests as singers Paul Simon and Robert Goulet, actor Larry Hagman, writer and composer Paul Bowles and a range of political figures including former Gov. Edwin Edwards and retired Gen. Wesley Clark.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee Allen Toussaint and entertainer Chris Owens pay their respects at the display of Mickey Easterling at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, April 22, 2014. After passing away April 14, Mickey Easterling, a New Orleans socialite known as much for her grand lifestyle and outlandish hats as for her civic, cultural and political activism, sits on a bench surrounded by flowers and some of her other favorite things. Her family declined to release her age, noting she once said, Age is a number, and mines unlisted. Easterling, born Marycathyren Gambino, hosted many charity and political fundraisers at her home, welcoming such guests as singers Paul Simon and Robert Goulet, actor Larry Hagman, writer and composer Paul Bowles and a range of political figures including former Gov. Edwin Edwards and retired Gen. Wesley Clark.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- After passing away April 14, Mickey Easterling, a New Orleans socialite known as much for her grand lifestyle and outlandish hats as for her civic, cultural and political activism, sits on a bench surrounded by flowers and some of her other favorite things at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Her family declined to release her age, noting she once said, Age is a number, and mines unlisted. Easterling, born Marycathyren Gambino, hosted many charity and political fundraisers at her home, welcoming such guests as singers Paul Simon and Robert Goulet, actor Larry Hagman, writer and composer Paul Bowles and a range of political figures including former Gov. Edwin Edwards and retired Gen. Wesley Clark.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- After passing away April 14, Mickey Easterling, a New Orleans socialite known as much for her grand lifestyle and outlandish hats as for her civic, cultural and political activism, sits on a bench surrounded by flowers and some of her other favorite things at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Her family declined to release her age, noting she once said, Age is a number, and mines unlisted. Easterling, born Marycathyren Gambino, hosted many charity and political fundraisers at her home, welcoming such guests as singers Paul Simon and Robert Goulet, actor Larry Hagman, writer and composer Paul Bowles and a range of political figures including former Gov. Edwin Edwards and retired Gen. Wesley Clark.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Nanci Easterling dances with Jennifer Jones as they pay their respects at the display of Mickey Easterling at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, April 22, 2014. After passing away April 14, Mickey Easterling, a New Orleans socialite known as much for her grand lifestyle and outlandish hats as for her civic, cultural and political activism, sits on a bench surrounded by flowers and some of her other favorite things. Her family declined to release her age, noting she once said, Age is a number, and mines unlisted. Easterling, born Marycathyren Gambino, hosted many charity and political fundraisers at her home, welcoming such guests as singers Paul Simon and Robert Goulet, actor Larry Hagman, writer and composer Paul Bowles and a range of political figures including former Gov. Edwin Edwards and retired Gen. Wesley Clark.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Nanci Easterling, the daughter of Mickey Easterling, hugs her friend Mary Haynes as they pay their respects at the display of Mickey Easterling at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, April 22, 2014. After passing away April 14, Mickey Easterling, a New Orleans socialite known as much for her grand lifestyle and outlandish hats as for her civic, cultural and political activism, sits on a bench surrounded by flowers and some of her other favorite things. Her family declined to release her age, noting she once said, Age is a number, and mines unlisted. Easterling, born Marycathyren Gambino, hosted many charity and political fundraisers at her home, welcoming such guests as singers Paul Simon and Robert Goulet, actor Larry Hagman, writer and composer Paul Bowles and a range of political figures including former Gov. Edwin Edwards and retired Gen. Wesley Clark.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee Allen Toussaint pays his respects at the display of Mickey Easterling at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, April 22, 2014. After passing away April 14, Mickey Easterling, a New Orleans socialite known as much for her grand lifestyle and outlandish hats as for her civic, cultural and political activism, sits on a bench surrounded by flowers and some of her other favorite things. Her family declined to release her age, noting she once said, Age is a number, and mines unlisted. Easterling, born Marycathyren Gambino, hosted many charity and political fundraisers at her home, welcoming such guests as singers Paul Simon and Robert Goulet, actor Larry Hagman, writer and composer Paul Bowles and a range of political figures including former Gov. Edwin Edwards and retired Gen. Wesley Clark.