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April 1, 2007 | David Streitfeld, Times Staff Writer
The rich might be getting richer, but their lives are hardly trouble-free. In Southern California, there aren't enough servants to go around. Wealthy families need more chefs to prepare their meals, more maids and butlers to serve them, more housekeepers to keep their mansions tidy and more nannies and night nurses to tend their offspring. All this demand is putting Peggy Gardiner in a pretty position. She's a professionally trained cook, good with kids, an expert on laundry.
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January 28, 1996 | Ted Gup, Ted Gup is Writer-at-Large for GQ and lives in Bethesda, Md
Lesson one: Enter the room without so much as a hint of a footfall. Speak not a word unless spoken to. Lesson two: Wear no jewelry that might attract the eye. Dress only in black and white. No cologne or perfume to betray a presence. Leave not a crumb behind. Lesson three: whatever happens here--abuse, adultery, addiction--is neither seen nor heard, much less spoken of.
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