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Inventing Elsa Maxwell: How an Irrepressible Nobody Conquered High Society, Hollywood, the Press, and the World

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Elsa Maxwell's life was one of great self-invention. Built like a bulldog, with a face to match, she rose from simple beginnings as an only child in San Francisco to take New York City society - at its most mid-century cosmopolitan - by storm. In London, Paris, Venice, and Monte Carlo, royalty, both genuine and aspiring, clamoured for invitations to Elsa's legendary parties. At those glamorous happenings the titled, the talented, the monied, and those on the make all mixed together in let-'er-rip gaiety. Her guests expected the unexpected: black ties and paper plates, murder parties, treasure hunts, elephants, elaborate costumes. She hobnobbed with Noel Coward and Cole Porter,  feuded with the Duchess of Windsor, and fell in love with Maria Callas,   nursing a broken heart when the diva spurned her. She dashed off newspaper columns, made films in Hollywood, wrote bestselling books and was an early and frequent guest on that new innovation, the television talk show.

Paperback, 352 Pages, Orig. Publ. 2012, This Ed. Publ. 2013  

Author: Sam Staggs

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