Hilary Knight

Ever since she made her print debut in 1955, Eloise--that six-year-old, self-styled "city child" who lives at The Plaza--has been a favorite. After all, who wouldn't love to have the run of a landmark hotel, getting anything you want with the magic words "charge it, please"? She's come to symbolize not just The Plaza, but the NYC lifestyle itself—and the uninhibited joy it can inspire (perenially on the go, Eloise tends to talk in exclamation points and loooong syllables). First editions of the original Eloise, signed by author Kay Thompson and illustrator Hilary Knight, often come with $2,000 or even $3,000 price tags.

I went to a special tea party the other day. It was in honor of Eloise, that famous six-year-old resident of NYC's most famous hotel, The Plaza, and her favorite mostly companion (next to her Nanny, dog Weenie and turtle Skiperdee, of course): artist Hilary Knight, whose pen first sketched the little lady almost 60 years ago.

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