May 17, 2014 18:09 Photos: Mickey Easterling at the Saenger Theater Photos: Mickey Easterling at the Saenger Theater 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 story May 17, 2014 Comments Most of those in attendance seemed to agree that Mickey Easterling went out Tuesday evening just the way she would have wanted to -- well dressed and in the thick of things. Guests of the local philanthropist, socialite and party hostess swelled the gleaming marble foyer of the Saenger Theater on Canal Street, plucking champagne and fried eggplant from the trays of passing waiters. Music sounded from a jazz combo parked on the balcony overhead. And Mickey, as everyone called her, took in the whole scene from her perch on a wrought iron bench, her famous accoutrements of hat, feather boa and cigarette holder all in evidence. She even wore the diamond-studded “Bitch” pin on her chest.