Several suicides also darkened the reputation of the Ritz in the postwar years, including that of horse trainer Peter Beatty from the sixth floor window in October and that of French gangster Baron Pierre de Laitre, who strangled love interest Eileen Hill to death in his second floor room in March when she refused to marry him, before killing himself by stuffing a silk sock down his throat. In the s, the hotel fell into a turbulent period. During the renovation, the columns in the hotel's lobbies were stripped of many coats of cream-coloured paint to display their original pink marble. In Septembera shell exploded in Green Park in close proximity to the Ritz, and according to Lord Ivor Churchill it broke all of the windows to adjacent Wimbourne House. Bejewelled American ladies used to parade up and down the corridor awaiting their guests, The Ritz was more like a club than a hotel; you were bound to see your friends there. The Ritz Club is a casino in the basement of the hotel, occupying the space which was formerly the Ritz Bar and Grill. Thousands of Jewish women and their supporters also joined the march en masse.
One of those signed to perform was American vocalist Hildegardewho was one of his favourite performers.
The Ritz Hotel, London