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

One of the twentieth century s most colorful characters brought back to life in this biography by the author of All About All About EveWith 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 iOne of the twentieth century s most colorful characters brought back to life in this biography by the author of All About All About EveWith 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.Inventing Elsa Maxwell, the first biography of this extraordinary woman, tells the witty story of a life lived out loud.
Inventing Elsa Maxwell How an Irrepressible Nobody Conquered High Society Hollywood the Press and the World One of the twentieth century s most colorful characters brought back to life in this biography by the author of All About All About EveWith Inventing Elsa Maxwell Sam Staggs has crafted a landmark bi

  • Title: Inventing Elsa Maxwell: How an Irrepressible Nobody Conquered High Society, Hollywood, the Press, and the World
  • Author: Sam Staggs
  • ISBN: 9780312699444
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Inventing Elsa Maxwell: How an Irrepressible Nobody Conquered High Society, Hollywood, the Press, and the World”

    1. (Two and a half stars) I've enjoyed Sam Staggs' frothy, gossipy books (especially the one about the filming of All About Eve), but this particular one was a bit of a slog. Elsa Maxwell was the kind of outsized, famous-for-being-famous personality from the mid-20th century whose well-traveled life certainly makes for a worthy biography. This one isn't it, however. Staggs includes a fair share of interesting tidbits and anecdotes, but he also seemed too enamored of all the famous celebrities, roya [...]

    2. Sadly, like a lot of biographies Staggs' book on Elsa Maxwell consists of a series of lists of events and names strung together about the life of this incredible subject. Stages' writing style is light and airy and that of a gossipy queen who interjects his own voice into the narrative to fill in the gaps of knowledge when he cannot give adequate details for Maxwell's life. Too often his research consists of using other secondary sources and biographies of authors to provide information about Ma [...]

    3. Four stars for the subject matter, 1 star for the writing.I had not heard of Elsa Maxwell, and if I had prior, do not recall her. She was a famous cultural icon of two and three generations ago, largely forgotten now. It seems she knew everyone from from the late 19th century through the early 1960s, many of whom she was on intimate terms with. It's tempting to describe her as someone who is 'famous for being famous', but despite being the doyenne of parties for the rich, nouveau riche and royal [...]

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