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Elsa Maxwell (1881 - 1963)

Elsa Maxwell first worked as a theatre pianist after leaving school at the age of 14 and before touring with a troupe in various music halls. While travelling, she met important figures and began attending society parties and soon turned into a professional hostess, throwing parties for high society and royalty across Europe, making scavenger and treasure hunts highly popular. In the 1930s, she returned to the United States where she appeared as a caricatured-self in various films such as Stage Door Canteen, in 1943 and Rhapsody in Blue, in 1945 and gained audiences of millions as a gossip columnist while continuing to organize parties. The fame-maker who introduced Rita Hayworth to Ali Khan and Maria Callas to Aristotle Onassis had managed to become famous herself and remained known as the 'Hostess with the mostest'.

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Idina Peacock, Elsa Maxwell and Davina Portman during a dress rehearsal for The Frog, 1954
Idina Peacock, Elsa Maxwell and Davina Portman during a dress rehearsal for The Frog, 1954
Elsa Maxwell by Granger at the premiere of This is the Army at the Hollywood Theatre, 1943

Elsa Maxwell by Granger at the premiere of This is the Army at the Hollywood Theatre, 1943

Elsa Maxwell by Jacques Henri Latrigue, 1951
Elsa Maxwell by Jacques Henri Latrigue, 1951
Elsa Maxwell and Maria Callas in Venice, 1957
Elsa Maxwell and Maria Callas in Venice, 1957
Elsa Maxwell and Jean Cocteau by Francis Goodman, 1948

Elsa Maxwell and Jean Cocteau by Francis Goodman, 1948

Elsa Maxwell by George Hurrell, 1936
Elsa Maxwell by George Hurrell, 1936
Elsa Maxwell, Salvador Dali and Bill Veeck, 1949
Elsa Maxwell, Salvador Dali and Bill Veeck, 1949
Elsa Maxwell by Willy Rizzo, 1952
Elsa Maxwell by Willy Rizzo, 1952
George Schaefer, Dolores Del Riso, Orson Welles and Elsa Maxwell at the premiere of Citizen Kane at the Palace Theater in New, 1941
George Schaefer, Dolores Del Riso, Orson Welles and Elsa Maxwell at the premiere of Citizen Kane at the Palace Theater in New, 1941
Elsa Maxwell and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 1959
Elsa Maxwell and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 1959
Elsa Maxwell and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 1959
Elsa Maxwell and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 1959
Elsa Maxwell, 1957
Elsa Maxwell, 1957
Elsa Maxwell and Maria Callas by René Burri, 1959
Elsa Maxwell and Maria Callas by René Burri, 1959
Elsa Maxwell and Maria Callas at the Maxwell's party in Venice, 1957
Elsa Maxwell and Maria Callas at the Maxwell's party in Venice, 1957
Elsa Maxwell, Marilyn Monroe and Mrs, Frank Delaney, 1955
Elsa Maxwell, Marilyn Monroe and Mrs, Frank Delaney, 1955
Elsa Maxwell at a luncheon party with Sylvia Sidney, Cary Grant, Benjamin Glazer,  A. Edward Sutherland, Nancy Carroll and Maurice Chevalier, 1950s
Elsa Maxwell at a luncheon party with Sylvia Sidney, Cary Grant, Benjamin Glazer, A. Edward Sutherland, Nancy Carroll and Maurice Chevalier, 1950s
Sophia Loren and Elsa Maxwell, 1951
Sophia Loren and Elsa Maxwell, 1951
Elsa Maxwell and Marilyn Monroe by Bob Henriques, 1957
Elsa Maxwell and Marilyn Monroe by Bob Henriques, 1957
Elsa Maxwell and Marilyn Monroe by Bob Henriques, 1957
Elsa Maxwell and Marilyn Monroe by Bob Henriques, 1957
Elsa Maxwell and Maria Callas at the Maxwell's party in Venice, 1957
Elsa Maxwell and Maria Callas at the Maxwell's party in Venice, 1957
Elsa Maxwell, Darryl F. Zanuck, Sonja Henie, Cesar Romero, Constance Bennett, Don Ameche and Anita Louise arriving in San Francisco to attend the premiere of The Story of Alexander Graham Bel, 1939
Elsa Maxwell, Darryl F. Zanuck, Sonja Henie, Cesar Romero, Constance Bennett, Don Ameche and Anita Louise arriving in San Francisco to attend the premiere of The Story of Alexander Graham Bel, 1939
Elsa Maxwell, 1955
Elsa Maxwell, 1955
Elsa Maxwell with Cole Porter, 1950s
Elsa Maxwell with Cole Porter, 1950s
Elsa Maxwell at the Venice International Film Festival, 1954
Elsa Maxwell at the Venice International Film Festival, 1954
Elsa Maxwell by George Hurrell, 1936
Elsa Maxwell by George Hurrell, 1936
Elsa Maxwell by George Hurrell, 1936
Elsa Maxwell by George Hurrell, 1936
Elsa Maxwell at the Ritz by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, 1937
Elsa Maxwell at the Ritz by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, 1937
Elsa Maxwell by Burt Glinn, 1959
Elsa Maxwell by Burt Glinn, 1959
Elsa Maxwell and Orson Welles by John Swope, 1948
Elsa Maxwell and Orson Welles by John Swope, 1948
Clark Gable, Elsa Maxwell and Tyrone Power by John Swope during a party on the Riviera, 1948
Clark Gable, Elsa Maxwell and Tyrone Power by John Swope during a party on the Riviera, 1948
Elsa Maxwell by Burt Glinn, 1959
Elsa Maxwell by Burt Glinn, 1959
Elsa Maxwell, 1950s
Elsa Maxwell, 1950s
Elsa Maxwell at the Waldorf Towers, 1957
Elsa Maxwell at the Waldorf Towers, 1957
Judy Lee and Elsa Maxwell, 1953
Judy Lee and Elsa Maxwell, 1953
Elsa Maxwell with Clark Gable and Tyrone Power by John Swope, 1950s
Elsa Maxwell with Clark Gable and Tyrone Power by John Swope, 1950s
Elsa Maxwell at Arturo Lopez ball in Neuilly, France, 1952
Elsa Maxwell at Arturo Lopez ball in Neuilly, France, 1952
Elsa Maxwell by Carl Van Vechten, 1950s
Elsa Maxwell by Carl Van Vechten, 1950s
Hazel Scott and Elsa Maxwell, 1942
Hazel Scott and Elsa Maxwell, 1942
Prince Ali Khan and Elsa Maxwell by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1959
Prince Ali Khan and Elsa Maxwell by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1959
Elsa Maxwell and Gina Lollobrigida in Berlin, 1960
Elsa Maxwell and Gina Lollobrigida in Berlin, 1960
Elsa Maxwell, 1940
Elsa Maxwell, 1940
Elsa Maxwell, 1940
Elsa Maxwell, 1940
Elsa Maxwell by Robert Doisneau, 1952
Elsa Maxwell by Robert Doisneau, 1952
William Rhinelander Stewart Jr., Elsa Maxwell and Cole Porter, 1934
William Rhinelander Stewart Jr., Elsa Maxwell and Cole Porter, 1934
Maria Callas and Elsa Maxwell, Venice, 1957
Maria Callas and Elsa Maxwell, Venice, 1957
Maria Callas and Elsa Maxwell by Raymond Depardon, 1961
Maria Callas and Elsa Maxwell by Raymond Depardon, 1961
Elsa Maxwell, 1941
Elsa Maxwell, 1941
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