Socialite Zelda Kaplan, 95, Dies in Front Row at Fashion Show

Celebrity News Feb. 16, 2012 AT 9:50AM
Socialite Zelda Kaplan, 95, Dies in Front Row at Fashion Show Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images

What a way to go.

NYC socialite Zelda Kaplan died at age 95 after collapsing in the front row at the Joanna Mastroianni fashion show at Lincoln Center in NYC.

"I was sitting right next to her. She flopped over in my lap," Ruth Finley of the Fashion Calendar told the Associated Press.

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A longtime fixture of the NYC arts scene, NJ native Kaplan was known for her unique, African-inspired fashion sense and was the subject of a 2003 documentary, Her Name Is Zelda. Attending parties and fashion and art events up until her death, she was once called "New York's oldest most beloved night owl" by the New York Times.

When not out and about in NYC, she also traveled the world supporting women's rights causes.

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Explained Tricia Romano, who profiled her in the Village Voice: "She started out as a typical 1950s housewife, married and she had several different stages to her life."

"I'm a curious person," the late icon told the Times simply. "I want to keep learning until it's over."

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