The Resource Inventing Elsa Maxwell : how an irrepressible nobody conquered high society, Hollywood, the press, and the world, Sam Staggs

Inventing Elsa Maxwell : how an irrepressible nobody conquered high society, Hollywood, the press, and the world, Sam Staggs

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Inventing Elsa Maxwell : how an irrepressible nobody conquered high society, Hollywood, the press, and the world
Title
Inventing Elsa Maxwell
Title remainder
how an irrepressible nobody conquered high society, Hollywood, the press, and the world
Statement of responsibility
Sam Staggs
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"With Inventing Elsa Maxwell, Sam Staggs has crafted a landmark biography. Elsa Maxwell (1881-1963) invented herself?not once, but repeatedly. Built like a bulldog, she ascended from the San Francisco middle class to the heights of society in New York, London, Paris, Venice, and Monte Carlo. Shunning boredom and predictability, Elsa established herself as party-giver extraordinaire in Europe with come-as-you-are parties, treasure hunts (e.g., retrieve a slipper from the foot of a singer at the Casino de Paris), and murder parties that drew the ire of the British parliament. She set New York a-twitter with her soirees at the Waldorf, her costume parties, and her headline-grabbing guest lists of the rich and royal, movie stars, society high and low, and those on the make all mixed together in let-'er-rip gaiety. All the while, Elsa dashed off newspaper columns, made films in Hollywood, wrote bestselling books, and turned up on TV talk shows. She hobnobbed with friends like Noel Coward and Cole Porter. Late in life, she fell in love with Maria Callas, who spurned her and broke Elsa's heart. Her feud with the Duchess of Windsor made headlines for three years in the 1950s."--Publisher's website
Summary
Traces the over-the-top life of the self-made society diva, providing coverage of such topics as her simple childhood in San Francisco, legendary parties, infamous feud with the Duchess of Windsor and achievements as a best-selling author. By the author of All About All About Eve. 25,000 first printing
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Writing style
Biography type
individual biography
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10154350
Cataloging source
DLC
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Staggs, Sam
Dewey number
792.028
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Maxwell, Elsa
  • Socialites
  • Actors
  • Television personalities
Target audience
adult
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how an irrepressible nobody conquered high society, Hollywood, the press, and the world
Label
Inventing Elsa Maxwell : how an irrepressible nobody conquered high society, Hollywood, the press, and the world, Sam Staggs
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references ( p.[315]-321)and index
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 340 p., [32] p. of plates
Isbn
9781250017758
Isbn Type
(e-book)
Lccn
2012026406
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(Sirsi) a758001
Label
Inventing Elsa Maxwell : how an irrepressible nobody conquered high society, Hollywood, the press, and the world, Sam Staggs
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references ( p.[315]-321)and index
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 340 p., [32] p. of plates
Isbn
9781250017758
Isbn Type
(e-book)
Lccn
2012026406
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(Sirsi) a758001

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