ELEANORE PHILLIPS COLT, FORMER VOGUE EDITOR, 89
LOS ANGELES — Eleanore Phillips Colt, retired West Coast editor of Vogue and House & Garden magazines, died in a retirement home in Montecito, Calif., on Nov. 24. She was 89.
For 42 years, Colt, who was known professionally as Eleanore Phillips, was the West Coast editor of the two magazines until she retired in 1990. Before joining Vogue and House & Garden, she wrote for Town and Country and worked in public relations. She was a well-known social figure here, and was a member of The Colleagues, the LACMA Costume Council and Fashion Group International.
Colt was the former Eleanore Roberts. She was a graduate of the Marlborough girls’ school here and Mt. Vernon Seminary in Washington. She was married for nearly 30 years to Franklyn Phillips, with whom she had two children, Ellie Valianos and Franklyn Phillips Jr. The marriage ended in divorce.
In 1981, Colt married Samuel Barrymore Colt, son of actress Ethel Barrymore. He died in 1986.
“She was a great lady with fabulous style,” said Jerry Magnin, a founder of Fashion Circle West in the late Sixties with a group that included Colt.
Fred Hayman described Colt as “one of softest, most caring women in the business — she never talked ill of anyone and everyone respected her.”
Colt was a close friend of Tony Duquette, a well-known designer of jewelry and interiors, who died in September. Hutton Wilkinson, Duquette’s former business partner, described Colt as “a grande dame.”
Colleagues described her as classic.
“She had exactly the same style in the Fifties as in the Nineties,” said Maggie Murray, gallery director at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, here. “She was very sophisticated and traveled in worldly circles. If you wanted to know the hottest new restaurant, you would call Eleanore.”
In addition to her children, she is survived by a grandson.
A private service will be held here on Dec. 10.