The Riviera Set

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Author: Mary S. Lovell

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1408705214

Category: History

Page: 448

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The Riviera Set is the story of the group of people who lived, partied, bed-hopped and politicked at the Château de l'Horizon near Cannes, over the course of forty years from the time when Coco Chanel made southern French tans fashionable in the twenties to the death of the playboy Prince Aly Khan in 1960. At the heart of this was the amazing Maxine Elliott, the daughter of a fisherman from Connecticut, who built the beautiful art deco Château and brought together the likes of Noel Coward, the Aga Khan, the Windsors and two very saucy courtesans, Doris Castlerosse and Daisy Fellowes, who set out to be dangerous distractions to Winston Churchill as he worked on his journalism and biographies during his 'wilderness years' in the thirties. After the War the story continued as the Château changed hands and Prince Aly Khan used it to entertain the Hollywood set, as well as launch his seduction of and eventual marriage to Rita Hayworth. Mary Lovell tells her story of high society behaviour with tremendous brio and relish, and this book has all the charm and fascination of her bestselling The Mitford Girls and The Churchills.

Bill Miller's Riviera

America's Showplace in Fort Lee, New Jersey

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Author: Tom Austin,Ron Kase

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1614234027

Category: Music

Page: 152

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Where did Frank Sinatra, Mickey Mantle, Sugar Ray Robinson, Joan Crawford and hundreds of other A-listers along with mobsters like Meyer Lansky eat, drink and dance? It wasn't in Hollywood or at the Copacabana but at Bill Miller's Riviera in Fort Lee. The Riviera's breathtaking views of New York, its stunning showgirls and its gambling hall drew the famous and infamous to its tables. After it was originally run as a speakeasy by Ben Marden during the 1920s, Bill Miller, a Russian Jewish immigrant, attracted the most sought-after performers and turned it into one of the most popular nightclubs during the 1940s and 1950s. Relive Bill Miller's Riviera and experience the excitement of his lucky patrons.

Chanel's Riviera

Life, Love and the Struggle for Survival on the Côte d’Azur, 1930–1944

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Author: Anne de Courcy

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1474608221

Category: History

Page: 304

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Far from worrying about the onset of war, in the spring of 1938 the burning question on the French Riviera was whether one should curtsey to the Duchess of Windsor. Few of those who had settled there thought much about what was going on in the rest of Europe. It was a golden, glamorous life, far removed from politics or conflict. Featuring a sparkling cast of artists, writers and historical figures including Winston Churchill, Daisy Fellowes, Salvador Dalí, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Eileen Gray and Edith Wharton, with the enigmatic Coco Chanel at its heart, CHANEL'S RIVIERA is a captivating account of a period that saw some of the deepest extremes of luxury and terror in the whole of the twentieth century. From Chanel's first summer at her Roquebrune villa La Pausa (in the later years with her German lover) amid the glamour of the pre-war parties and casinos in Antibes, Nice and Cannes to the horrors of evacuation and the displacement of thousands of families during the Second World War, CHANEL'S RIVIERA explores the fascinating world of the Cote d'Azur elite in the 1930s and 1940s. Enriched with much original research, it is social history that brings the experiences of both rich and poor, protected and persecuted, to vivid life.

Riviera

The Rise and Rise of the Côte d'Azur

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Author: Jim Ring

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571277470

Category: History

Page: 288

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The Riviera has inspired countless novelists and artists, attracted as much by its visitors as by its location (Somerset Maugham called it 'a sunny place for shady people'). But for the majority of the English, the Riviera was made famous by rumour and report: it was the scene of the romance of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson; and, post-war, became the vacation spot of Hollywood starlets. But the Cte d'Azur has a long history of attracting foreign celebrities and royalty, since the seventeenth century, when it was a stopping point on the route south for aristocratic Grand Tourists. Later, English and Scottish invalids, among them Robert Louis Stevenson, followed doctors' orders and holidayed on the Riviera for their health. Jim Ring explores these origins and the developments that took place on the coast - the impact of rail travel, of war, of celebrity and of the English. 'An entertaining survey . . . It is the ideal book to hide your smirk behind on the Promenade des Anglais as yet another roller-blading granny glides past in a leopard-sking thong.' Sunday Telegraph Jim Ring's Riviera corrals an array of vignettes of the Cte d'Azur's most famous habitus from the Romans to the Rolling Stones . . . a stylish and pleasingly gossipy overview of the region's fluctuating fortunes.' Time Out 'A highly readable history.' Guardian

The Films of Vincente Minnelli

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Author: James Naremore

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521387705

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 202

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This 1993 book examines the career of Vincente Minnelli, MGM's leading director of musicals, melodramas, and comedies in the 1940s and 1950s.

The French Riviera

A Literary Guide for Travellers

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Author: Ted Jones

Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781845114558

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 272

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The French Riviera: A Literary Guide for Travellers is a reader's journey along the fabled coast which has provided the inspiration and setting for some of the greatest literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From Hyères and St. Tropez in the west to the Italian border in the east, Ted Jones introduces the lives and work of writers who passed this way, from distinguished Nobel laureates to new authors who discovered their voices there. His encyclopaedic work covers them all: writers such as Graham Greene and W. Somerset Maugham, who spent much of their lives there; F. Scott Fitzgerald and Guy de Maupassant, whose work it dominates; and the countless writers who simply lingered there, including Louisa M. Alcott, Albert Camus, Bruce Chatwin, T. S. Eliot, Ian Fleming, Sylvia Plath, Jean-Paul Sartre, Leo Tolstoy, Evelyn Waugh, Oscar Wilde - and countless others.

Fodor's Cancun and the Riviera Maya 2013

with Cozumel and the Best of the Yucatan

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Author: Fodor's

Publisher: Fodor's Travel

ISBN: 0876371594

Category: Travel

Page: 420

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As the gateway to the Riviera Maya, Cancun is a thriving beach community and Mexico’s most popular tourist destination. Fodor's Cancun and the Riviera Maya ebook illustrates the best beaches, resorts, restaurants, and activities in the region, including Cozumel and the Yucatan. Expanded Coverage: Curated content for the Yucatan Peninsula as well as the best new hotels and restaurants have been added. This new edition also features expanded beach coverage, with "Best For" rankings that help travelers choose the perfect beach. Indispensable Trip Planning Tools: It's easy to plan a vacation for any interest using the guide's Top Experiences and Great Itineraries sections; Best Beaches lists; maps that locate Cancun’s hottest nightclubs; and tips for families, weddings, and honeymoons.. Discerning Recommendations: Fodor’s Cancun and the Riviera Maya offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor’s Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. “Word of Mouth” quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights. Tripadvisor Reviews: Our experts’ hotel selections are reinforced by the latest customer feedback from Tripadvisor. Travelers can book their stay with confidence, as only the best properties make the cut.

Insight Guide French Riviera

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Langenscheidt Publishers

ISBN: 9781585731480

Category: Travel

Page: 350

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"Insight Guides", the world's largest visual travel guide series, in association with "Discovery Channel", the world's premier source of nonfiction entertainment, provides more insight than ever. From the most popular resort cities to the most exotic villages, "Insight Guides" capture the unique character of each culture with an Insider's perspective. Inside every "Insight Guide" you'll find: - Evocative, full-color photography on every page - Cross-referenced, full-color maps throughout - A brief introduction including a historical timeline - Lively essays by local writers on the culture, history, and people - Expert evaluations on the sights really worth seeing - Special features spotlighting particular topics of interest - A comprehensive Travel Tips section with listings of the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions, as well as practical information on getting around and advice for travel with children

The Prisoner of the Riviera

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Author: Janice Law

Publisher: Overamstel Uitgevers

ISBN: 9049981585

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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In postwar France, a gambler finds that surviving his vacation may be a long shot Peace has come to England and the blackout is over, but the gloom has yet to lift from London. One night, leaving a gambling club where he has run up a considerable tab, the young painter Francis Bacon, accompanied by his lover, sees a man gunned down in the street. They do what they can to stanch the flow of blood, but the Frenchman dies in the hospital. Soon afterward, Bacon receives a strange offer from the club owner: He will erase Bacon’s debts if the painter delivers a package to the dead man’s widow, Madame Renard, on the Riviera. What gambler could resist a trip to Monte Carlo? After handing over the parcel, Bacon learns that Madame Renard is dead—and the striking young woman who accepted the delivery is an imposter. The Riviera may be lovely, but in 1945, its sun-drenched beaches can be just as dark as the back alleys of London.