Celebrity & the Ironies of Fame
A Memoir About Travel Guides, Tabloid Exposés, and the Landmark Where They Were Produced
Darwin Porter & Danforth Prince
WHAT IS MAGNOLIA HOUSE? The name it bears has been on record with Staten Island's Borough Hall for at least a century, as it's a byproduct of owners who, in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, gave it a name that evoked their native Virginia. Dating from the 1830s, it's a Grande Dame with a knack for nourishing high-functioning eccentrics.
Many of them have lived or been entertained here since New York's State Senator Howard Bayne, a transplanted Southerner, moved in with his wife, the daughter of the Surgeon General of the Confederate States of America, in the aftermath of that bloodiest of wars on North American soil, the War between the American States.
Since then, many dozens of celebrities—some of them notorious—have whispered their secrets and rehearsed their ambitions within its walls. According to some, a few of them remain on site, working through the issues that tormented or perplexed them during their earthy and raucous experiences in the here and now.
This is the story of how this "Wise Victorian Lady"—in its role as the editorial headquarters for many of THE FROMMER GUIDES and later for BLOOD MOON PRODUCTIONS—adapted to America's frequently changing tastes, times, circumstances, and values.
Available now through internet purveyors that include both Amazon.com and Barnes &Noble.com, this is the first in Blood Moon's MAGNOLIA HOUSE series, books that explore the oddities, and "only in America" eccentricities of THE AMERICAN CENTURY and how they unfolded within Staten Island's most media-centric historic landmark.
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Glamour, Glitz, & Gossip at Historic Magnolia House
From the silver screen of Hollywood to the lights of Broadway, celebrity secrets exposed within the walls of this old house
Darwin Porter & Danforth Prince
Built in stages between 1830 and 1870, Magnolia House is an award-winning AirBnb and a historic landmark on Staten Island, the least-visited Outer Borough of New York City.
Set within a 10-minute walk from the (free) Staten Island ferry that accesses Manhattan, it's also the home of the widely distributed independent press, BLOOD MOON PRODUCTIONS, a feisty wordsmith noted for celebrity biographies that have been reviewed in THE DAILY MAIL, the New York DAILY NEWS, show-biz news reports, and literary journals across the country.
Before that, it was the editorial and research headquarters for many editions of THE FROMMER GUIDES, the most widely-read travel guidebook series in publishing history.
Some visitors liken Magnolia House to a grande dame with a centuries-old knack for nourishing high-functioning eccentrics. Many of them have lived or been entertained here since New York's State Senator Howard Bayne, a transplanted Southerner, moved in with his wife, the daughter of the Surgeon General of the Confederate States of America, in the aftermath of that bloodiest of wars on North American soil, the War Between the American States.
Since then, many dozens of celebrities--some of them notorious--have whispered their secrets and rehearsed their ambitions within its walls. They've included movie vamps from the silent screen, MIDNIGHT COWBOYS, dancers from the dance, BUTTERFLIES IN HEAT, a heavyweight boxing champ, writers from every hue, faded film goddesses, playwrights who crafted blockbusters for both Marilyn (Monroe) and Elizabeth (Taylor), ultra-avant-garde diarists, every known variety of prima donna and diva, including some from the world of opera, and a world-class Olympic athlete.
They've also included Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince, who spent decades here renovating it and producing a stream of award-winning celebrity biographies.
This book illuminates Magnolia House's contribution to the American Century, when dozens of celebrities--some of them sane and emotionally stable, others not--visited it or were subjected to intense scrutiny and tabloid exposés, from within its walls.
Issued as a celebration of the the American definition of scandal and notoriety, this book reveals what Magnolia House's celebrities did and the secrets they revealed within its walls.
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