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Great Dames: What I Learned from Older Womenby Marie Brenner
Synopses & Reviews
"Fascinating, gossipy, entertaining. . . ."
— New York Times Book Review
They are ten outstanding women of the century. Each had an aura, including Thelma Brenner, the first great dame her daughter ever knew. Their lives were both gloriously individual and yet somehow universal. They were mighty warriors and social leaders, women of aspiration who persevered. They lived through the Great Depression and a world war. Circumstances did not defeat them. They played on Broadway and in Washington. They had glamour, style, and intelligence. They dressed up the world.
"Vivid, intimate portraits . . . a splendid tribute to ten of the century's grandest, most powerful women."
"These women were our geishas, whispering in our ears to influence all aspects of American life."
—Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
"Delectable, classy . . . a runaway hit."
"An engrossing introduction to a way of life that's now extinct, for better or for worse."
Brenner offers vivid and intimate profiles of ten unforgettable heroines of the Greatest Generation--including Jacqueline Onassis, Clare Booth Luce, Pamela Harriman, Diana Trilling, and the author's own mother--whose achievements and personal style helped to shape the 20th century. Photos.
About the Author
MARIE BRENNER is the author of four books, including House of Dreams: The Bingham Family of Louisville. Her numerous articles have been published in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and Vanity Fair, where she is writer at large.
Table of Contents
They Were Outstanding
Kitty Carlisle Hart
Constance Baker Motley
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Clare Boothe Luce
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