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Coco Chanel - A Biography (Paperback): Axel Madsen Coco Chanel - A Biography (Paperback)
Axel Madsen 1
R388 R323 Discovery Miles 3 230 Save R65 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Coco Chanel's genius for fashion may have been distilled in simplicity, but her life was an extravaganza. A brilliant array of luminaries fell under her spell - Picasso, Churchill, Cocteau; lovers included the Grand Duke Dmitri; the English roue, Boy Capel; a French poet; and, a German spy and the Duke of Westminster, who offered to leave his wife for her permanently, if she would only bear him an heir. Paradoxically, though she might have been regarded in some lights as a pioneering feminist - sacrificing marriage to a revolutionary career in couture - Chanel was utterly baffled by the idea of women's politics. Educated women? 'A woman's education consists of two lessons: never leave the house without stockings, never go out without a hat'. Chanel's rise from penniless orphan to millionaire designer - 'inventing' sportswear, the little black dress and number 5 - makes compelling reading, not least because she was inclined to design her own life as deftly as she did her fashions. Axel Madsen negotiates Chanel's smoke screens with skill, bringing this tantalizing woman to life in all her alluring complexity.

The Sewing Circle - Hollywood's Greatest Secret-Female Stars Who Loved Other Women (Paperback): Axel Madsen The Sewing Circle - Hollywood's Greatest Secret-Female Stars Who Loved Other Women (Paperback)
Axel Madsen
R281 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R37 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, and Barbara Stanwyck-to name a few-maintained their images as glamorous big-screen sex symbols complete with dashing escorts, handsome husbands, and scores of male admirers, thanks to studio publicity departments. But off the set, all three box office divas were involved in "lavender" marriages (marriages of convenience, often to gay men) or remained stoically single. They, and several other Hollywood starlets of the era, were members of a discreet women's "club" called the Sewing Circle, Hollywood's underground lesbian society. Madsen takes a candid look at the very complicated dual lives these great stars led and the impact their preference for same-sex relationships had on their movie careers.

John Huston - A Biography (Paperback): Axel Madsen John Huston - A Biography (Paperback)
Axel Madsen
R317 R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Save R54 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The first major biography of the famous and controversial director John Huston, whose thirty-seven films-including The Maltese Falcon, Key Largo, and The African Queen-are considered classics and garnered him fifteen Academy Award nominations and two wins.

Sonia Delaunay - Artist of the Lost Generation (Paperback): Axel Madsen Sonia Delaunay - Artist of the Lost Generation (Paperback)
Axel Madsen
R362 R317 Discovery Miles 3 170 Save R45 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Sonia Delaunay, wife of painter Robert Delaunay, and co-founder of the Orphist school in 1910, was the center of a brilliant circle in Paris. Madsen offers a rich and compelling look at this fascinating and influential woman, the first living female artist to have a retrospective show at the Louvre.

The Marshall Fields - The Evolution of an American Business Dynasty (Hardcover): Axel Madsen The Marshall Fields - The Evolution of an American Business Dynasty (Hardcover)
Axel Madsen
R810 R612 Discovery Miles 6 120 Save R198 (24%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A classic American success story—with a twist

Like J. P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, and Andrew Carnegie, Marshall Field was one of the overlords of triumphant capitalism in the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century. However, his phenomenal wealth and generous philanthropy masked a disastrous personal life. Deserted by his wife and alienated from his children, the founder of the Field dynasty left a legacy of immense wealth and misery to match.

The Marshall Fields recounts the classic tale of Field’s spectacular success as well as the tragic story of a man who, while making millions by knowing what women wanted, had no inkling of his own wife’s emotional needs. This revealing account follows the next five generations of the Field family, concentrating on the most important and controversial figures in each generation. What emerges is a startling saga of money, madness, and mystery.

From the son who may have been shot by a chorus girl to the great-great grandson who used his millions to create Hollywood fantasies, Field’s descendants have caromed wildly between rebellion and folly. Their story offers a new and penetrating take on wealth, success, and the nightmare that often accompanies the American dream.

John Jacob Astor - America's First Multimillionaire (Hardcover): Axel Madsen John Jacob Astor - America's First Multimillionaire (Hardcover)
Axel Madsen
R811 R699 Discovery Miles 6 990 Save R112 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

On The Deal Maker: How William C. Durant Made General Motors:
"A well-written biography."–New York Times

On Stanwyck: The Life and Times of Barbara Stanwyck:
"Madsen’s admirably researched, insightful portrait of her aloof nature . . . reveals she was always torn between her wish to give of herself and her need to be in control."–Christian Science Monitor

On Chanel: A Woman of Her Own:
"Fascinating . . . . Takes the reader behind the coromandel veneers of Chanel’s life."–New York Times Book Review
"Carefully knits together the complex pattern of Chanel’s complicated existence. It’s not an easy task."–Toronto Globe and Mail

On Gloria and Joe:
"Axel Madsen finally gives the public a fascinating chronicle of the romance that could have ruined more than two careers."–Dallas Morning News

On Cousteau:
"Both critical and understanding. And it is exceptionally readable. Readers are well advised to take the plunge."–Chicago Tribune

On Malraux:
"Will stand as the best of more than a dozen books about Malraux in print."–Kansas City Star

Stanwyck - A Biography (Paperback): Axel Madsen Stanwyck - A Biography (Paperback)
Axel Madsen
R442 R390 Discovery Miles 3 900 Save R52 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A compelling portrait of one of Hollywood's most invincible women, the late Barbara Stanwyck. A most unusual movie star, Stanwyck was an actress of considerable and neglected talent who elevated every role she had, a woman whose personal life matched the rocky road of her career. Whispered to be among Hollywood's scandalous "sewing circle," a group of internationally famous actresses who hid their potentially career-ending lesbianism and bisexuality, Stanwyck kept her liaisons a secret. Despite her steely resolve and her image as a take-control kind of woman, Stanwyck suffered from turbulent marriages and relationships, including her sensational marriage to, and divorce from, the abusive Robert Taylor. Madsen provides a fresh look at this fascinating, complex screen goddess, offering provocative and shocking details from one of Hollywood's most interesting lives.

Hearts and Minds - The Common Journey of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre (Paperback): Axel Madsen Hearts and Minds - The Common Journey of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre (Paperback)
Axel Madsen
R333 R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Save R43 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A dual biography of the two most influential socio-political moralists of the twentieth century, whose lives were intertwined personally and intellectually for more than forty-six years. Madsen provides an engrossing view of the luminously transparent relationship that was unconventional yet faithful to its ideals.

Silk Roads - The Asian Adventures of Clara and Andre Malraux (Paperback): Axel Madsen Silk Roads - The Asian Adventures of Clara and Andre Malraux (Paperback)
Axel Madsen
R306 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R40 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

One of the greatest art theft stories of the 20th century: Andre Malraux, French novelist, art theorist, and eventually France's Minister of Cultural Affairs, and his wife, Clara, traveled to Cambodia in 1923, planning to steal and smuggle artifacts out of the country and sell them in America. The Cambodian treasure hunt promised to be a mix of cultural sleuthing for important antiquities and risk-taking on the fuzzy edge of the laws that governed historical sites. The jungle expedition ended in arrest and, for Andre, trial and conviction. But it also led to a second Asian venture: the launching of a Saigon newspaper, L'Indochine, dedicated to the aspirations of the indigenous population. Madsen follows the couple from this fateful adventure that so shaped their future to the end of their marriage, and after.

Gloria and Joe - The Star-Crossed Love Affair of Gloria Swanson and Joe Kennedy (Paperback): Axel Madsen Gloria and Joe - The Star-Crossed Love Affair of Gloria Swanson and Joe Kennedy (Paperback)
Axel Madsen
R383 R336 Discovery Miles 3 360 Save R47 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The ultimate Hollywood story revealed: the sizzling relationship between Joseph Kennedy, patriarch of America's most influential political family, and Gloria Swanson, one of the most prominent silent film stars of her day. Gloria and Joe were in love with each other and with the movies, especially Queen Kelly, which completed the real-life menage a trois. Starring along with the star of the screen and the Boston Brahman in this expose are Erich von Stroheim, Kennedy's wife Rose, Swanson's husband, and a cast of colorful hangers-on. Madsen recreates their love, scandal, and world, which in its extravagance and intrigue has never been surpassed.

Cousteau - An Unauthorized Biography (Paperback): Axel Madsen Cousteau - An Unauthorized Biography (Paperback)
Axel Madsen
R308 R269 Discovery Miles 2 690 Save R39 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

One of the most influential men of the twentieth century, Jacques Cousteau was an eco-emissary whose own life of derring-do brought him fame and the means to proselytize his cause. Ecologist, adventurer, celebrity, businessman-Cousteau was a brilliant and complex individual, and Madsen's biography captures him in style. Madsen, who knew the Cousteau family for over two decades, interviewed Cousteau personally for this book.

William Wyler - The Authorized Biography (Paperback): Axel Madsen William Wyler - The Authorized Biography (Paperback)
Axel Madsen
R435 R383 Discovery Miles 3 830 Save R52 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The authorized biography of the celebrated film director William Wyler, a giant in his craft, who directed such classics as Ben-Hur, Funny Girl, and Roman Holiday.

Malraux - A Biography (Paperback): Axel Madsen Malraux - A Biography (Paperback)
Axel Madsen
R413 R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Save R49 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The authorized biography of the most important man of letters in twentieth century France: Andre Malraux, French novelist, art theorist, and France's Minister of Cultural Affairs.

Chanel - A Woman Of Her Own (Paperback, 1st Owl book ed): Axel Madsen Chanel - A Woman Of Her Own (Paperback, 1st Owl book ed)
Axel Madsen
R612 R576 Discovery Miles 5 760 Save R36 (6%) Out of stock

Alex Madsen brings to life Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, the queen of fashion who revolutionized women's styles forever.

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