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American Venus: The Extraordinary Life of Audrey Munson, Model and Muse
     

American Venus: The Extraordinary Life of Audrey Munson, Model and Muse

by Diane Rozas
 
Audrey Munson was once called 'The most perfect, most versatile, most famous of American models, whose face and figure have inspired thousands of modern masterpieces of sculpture and painting.' It was not an exaggeration. Sadly, Audrey's career is the classic tale of meteoric rise and tragic downfall. In her youth, Munson modeled for countless public and

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Audrey Munson was once called 'The most perfect, most versatile, most famous of American models, whose face and figure have inspired thousands of modern masterpieces of sculpture and painting.' It was not an exaggeration. Sadly, Audrey's career is the classic tale of meteoric rise and tragic downfall. In her youth, Munson modeled for countless public and private works. She has adorned Jay P. Morgan's yacht, the Mercury Head Dime, the Walking Liberty Half-dollar, and art held at the Museum of Modern Art as well as in the estates of John D. Rockefeller and George Vanderbilt. At the peak of her career she was selected as the primary female model for the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, eventually appearing in thousands of feet of mural decorations and scores of statues. Munson starred-mostly nude-in four controversial silent films based on her experiences as a model. After a media spectacle linking her with a murder case, her career faltered and, ultimately, at the age of 39, she was doomed to a life of reclusion in a psychiatric facility. She lived there largely unacknowledged by her family until the astonishing age of 105. This is her story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781890449049
Publisher:
Balcony Press
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.59(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.84(d)

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