Sensible might define her daughter, however. Turns out the daughter tried to sell her mother's 105-year old mansion a couple of years ago, to the tune of 28+ million dollars. When the buyer reneged, they asked for their deposit back. Sensible Joan said no, and they forfeited it -- for over $2 million. Now that's some kinda moxey!
As for Adele, enjoy a few of her designs, and if you find one while you're out shopping, be sure to take a look. She really did have nice fashion sense. I like her mindset too. As the New Look started fading in the mid to late 50s, she said "the fashion-minded woman replaced a `look' with a presentation of her own good looks, counting her personality, her posture, grace and loveliness as vital means of self-expression in dress."
The one and only Dovima, in Adele Simpson:
LOVE the neckline on this one:
From 1953 (photo compliments of what-I-found):
Seeing the Dovima theme? I love her, as you know. This Adele Simpson dress, modelled by Dovima, is from 1954.