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Mollie & The Mercedes

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Mollie’s Moment in the Sun …

When the Mercedes I ran ashore in Palm Beach, Mollie Wilmot’s 15 minutes of fame began.


photographs  b/ dave hogerty [originalnoise.org]


Outside, the wind howled as Palm Beach socialite Mollie Wilmot sat down for Thanksgiving dinner with her family. Sitting comfortably, with her Picassos, Renoits, and Miros, in a dining room that would attract many a museum’s envy. Mollie had no idea of the disabled Venezuelan ship, struggling in the angry surf, just a mile offshore of her oceanfront mansion. With a broken down engine, the small crew dropped it’s inadequate anchor, in a futile effort to stabalize the ship.

As the storm raged, and the night grew more eerie, Mollie and her company of family and friends, reminisced, Thanksgiving-style, reporting on all-family news, gossip, and plans for Christmas. All had a celebratory time, and the day ended near midnight.

Offshore, the distressed Venezuelans were riding out the powerful storm that had strengthened and grown more angry throughout the night.

Mollie was sleeping soundly when, just before sunrise, the Mercedes finally broke free of its fragile mooring. Unable to resist the raging surf, the helpless vessel was pushed ashore, crashing onto the beach in front of Mollie’s ocean-side pool and cabana.

The ship was the Mercedes I, and it had come ashore next door to the Kennedy Estate (JFK’s Summer White House in the ’60s, and then occupied by Senator Ted and his infamous nephew William Smith). The TV-friendly location insured that for the next six months (time it took a salvage company to remove the ship), MOLLIE AND THE MERCEDES WERE THE TALK OF THE SNOBBY TOWN.
PALM BEACH, A TOWN OF MONEY, LEISURE, AND SOCIAL IGNORANCE.


[ PALM BEACH/ LOCAL/ NATIONAL/ INTERNATIONAL/ GLOBAL/ [TV] NEWS  ]

Mollie’s Ship Comes In …
loving every second of her 15-minutes (six months) of fame.
Parties, Press Conferences, and Peanut Butter & Jelly offerings to the poor.
“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”
Disney buys the rights to Mollie’s story, and considers making a movie.
Celebrity of Good Fortune and Spontaneous Fame.
making the most of it.