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

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

by Sam Staggs

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

One of the most vivid personas of the twentieth century brought back to life in this biography by the author of All About All About Eve

 

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, clamored 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 fell in love with Maria Callas, and nursed a broken heart when the diva spurned her. Elsa's feud with the Duchess of Windsor made headlines for three years in the 1950s. An early and frequent guest on that new innovation, the TV talk show, Maxwell was also a bestselling author.

The first biography ever of Elsa Maxwell is an enthusiast's witty story of a life lived out loud.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312699444
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.42(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.23(d)

About the Author

SAM STAGGS is the author of five books, including four biographies of movies: All About All About Eve, Close-Up on Sunset Boulevard, When Blanche Met Brando, and Born to be Hurt. He has written for publications including Vanity Fair and Architectural Digest. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

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