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Barbara Barondess McLean
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[After purchasing two Renoir paintings for Greta Garbo
at auction]: She was the tightest, most miserly figure who ever lived. She paid for the paintings that day, but never paid me my commission. I never asked for it. I knew she was a tightwad. She used people and rarely gave anything back.
Studied art and design at UCLA. She became a successful interior decorator, designing homes for celebrities like Garbo, Norma Shearer, Errol Flynn, Gary Cooper, Jane Wyman, and Ronald Reagan. Her business eventually expanded to the East Coast by the mid-40s. Barondess later branched out into fashion, designing and manufacturing clothing, and later added cosmetics to her growing empire.