She Made Friends and Kept Them: An Anecdotal Memoir

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Few have led such varied lives as Fleur Cowles. A distinguished journalist and editor of one of America's top magazines during the 1950s, "Flair", Fleur Cowles is best known today for the realism of her painting and for her many rich, influential, royal and very famous friends. This memoirs tells of her friendships with, and memoirs of, heads of state, film stars, politicians, presidents, diplomats, writers and journalists, painters and lovers. She tells stories of Sam Goldwyn, Margot Fonteyn, Grace Kelly, the Queen Mother, Cary Grant, Charlie Chaplin and the Shah of Persia. She recalls Queen Frederica of Greece in her red sports car, how she shared Madame Chiang Kai-Shek's summer residence in Taipei with a boa constrictor, and of the magnificent Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

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What Fleur Cowles brings to her warm and wide-armed book is a sense of generosity, and embraceable quality that is uniquely hers. "Fleur Cowles sits you down beside her far-flung friends--royal and regular--and provides delicious moments that are the sidebars of history."--Liz Carpenter.

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Few women -- or men -- have led such varied lives as Fleur Cowles. A highly distinguished journalist and editor of Flair, one of America's top magazines during the 1950s, Fleur Cowles is best known today for the magic realism of her paintings -- paintings peopled by jungle beasts, huge flowers and overgrown birds -- and for her many famous friends.

It is these who fill the pages of her marvelous book. She recalls picnicking with Cary Grant in Spain, the weekend Marilyn Monroe spent hiding in her Connecticut home, her many trips as personal emissary for Eisenhower, the time she spent in Argentina and her relationship with Eva Peron. She writes about her experiences on the Korean war front. She includes many glimpses of her close friendship with Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother. Others who appear in her book include Margot Fonteyn, Isak Dinesen, Grace Kelly, the Dalai Lama, Harold Wilson, Haile Selassie, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Imelda Marcos, Harold Macmillan, Luciano Pavarotti, Charlie Chaplin, Coco Chanel, Ernest Hemingway and many more. Tough but never malicious, self-respecting but never self-serving, Fleur Cowles' book shares with us the unknown stories of the men and women who have shaped twentieth-century history.

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