Thursday, May 24, 2012

THE LOVELY ONES :: Elsa Maxwell

Elsa Maxwell

Did you know.....

1. She was born on May 24, 1883 in Keokuk, Iowa
2. She was a gossip columnist, author, songwriter, and professional hostess extraordinaire renowned for orchestrating lavish parties for European royalty and American high society of her day.
3. She is noted as introducing the 'scavenger hunt' and 'treasure hunt' games into modern day party themes and bringing 'costume parties' back in style.
4. She wrote the screenplay for the 1939 film 'Hotel for Women' starring Ann Sothern.
5. She left school at 14 and earned a living as a theatre pianist.
6. Looking back on her life, she was quoted as saying "not bad, for a short, fat, homely piano player from Keokuk, Iowa, with no money or background, who decided to become a legend and did just that."

To learn more about the innovative Elsa Maxwell, Lily Lemontree recommends Inventing Elsa Maxwell: How an Irrepressible Nobody Conquered High Society, Hollywood, the Press, and the World

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Southern Living: Preppy Style said...

Interesting about the scavenger and treasure hunt fact.

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

That photo is perfect, and so is her perspective on her life–how wonderfully irreverent!

Anca said...

I had no idea! Thanks for sharing it with us :D

Elizabeth {Ms Classic Glamour} said...

I've never heard of her before (I know, what's wrong with me?!). But it seems she's responsible for a lot of the things we enjoy today. Great post!