Passion for life.
The Inn of the Turquoise Bear's original guests included Georgia O'Keeffe, D.H. and Frieda Lawrence, Ansel Adams, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Willa Cather, O. Henry and Igor Stravinsky. It was owned by the poet Witter Bynner, whose wild parties were called "Bynner's Bashes." One was even attended by Rita Hayworth.
D.H. Lawrence -- 1885-1930 -- There is some conjecture regarding the fate of the ashes. Some say that they were dumped by Ravagli somewhere between Marseilles and Villefranche and that he subsequently procured alternative ashes which he eventually took to Taos. Others say that they arrived safely and Frieda chose to have them added to the concrete of the shrine.
John Middleton Murry (6 August 1889 – 12 March 1957) was an English writer. He was prolific, producing more than 60 books and thousands of essays and reviews on literature, social issues, politics, and religion during his lifetime. A prominent critic, Murry is best remembered for his association with Katherine Mansfield, whom he married in 1918 as her second husband, for his friendship with D. H. Lawrence, and for his friendship (and brief affair) with Frieda Lawrence
The Right Hon Dorothy Brett was a British-American painter born into an aristocratic family, and the sister of the Ranee of Sarawak. She associated with such notables as Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, Aldous Huxley, Gilbert Cannan and fellow painter Dora Carrington with whom she studied at the Slade. In 1924 "Brett", as she was known, moved to the D. H. Lawrence ranch near Taos, New Mexico and settled permanently in Taos.