Anne Hendricks Bass, the arts patron who helped raise the profile of ballet in the United States, harking back to an era when art was viewed as a vehicle for beauty and moral uplift, died on April 1 2020 at her home in Manhattan. She was 78.
Julian Lethbridge, her longtime partner, said the cause was ovarian cancer.
Indianapolis-born socialite married Sid Bass, divorced 1989. Her take: more than 1 million shares of Disney, Fifth Avenue apartment, art collection. Graduated Vassar 1963. Serves on boards of ballets, libraries, art museums. "Sharing beauty is a responsibility." Contributing editor at Vogue.
Ms. Bass never remarried. She met Mr. Lethbridge, an accomplished artist six years her junior, in 1993. He specializes in large-scale abstract paintings that feel rooted in nature, variously evoking winter tree branches, churning waves or rosy dawns.
In addition to Mr. Lethbridge, Ms. Bass is survived by two daughters, Hyatt Bass, a novelist, and Samantha Bass, a photographer.