Vintage Miami Beach Glamour: Celebrities and Socialites in the Heyday of Chic
with author Deborah Pollack
Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 5:30PM
Dixon Education Building

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Vintage Miami Beach Glamour: Celebrities and Socialites in the Heyday of Chic
with author Deborah C. Pollack

About the Program: Deborah C. Pollack will present Vintage Miami Beach Glamour: Celebrities and Socialites in the Heyday of Chic and the Palm Beach connection. The privileged Miami Beach winter colony from roughly 1930–1960 mixed with Hollywood celebrities and historic figures as effortlessly as tonic mixes with gin. Deborah Pollack will discuss the connections between these two well-known social circles during this fascinating and glamorous era!

Book Summary: From roughly 1930-1960, Miami Beach attracted an exclusive colony of socialites. Elizabeth Taylor announced her ill-fated engagement to the son of a former ambassador in Miami Beach. Other movie stars, such as Veronica Lake, were filmed in the enclave. Beautiful model Bab Beckwith, the first Orange Bowl Parade queen, dated John F. Kennedy while he was in Miami in 1944. Speedboat king Gar Wood bought his mistress a $100,000 bayfront home and then sued to force her to vacate the property. A tumultuous affair between John Jacob Astor VI and Lucille Stiglich led to the young model serving time in the Miami Beach jail. Deborah C. Pollack delves into an era filled with excitement, style, humor and panache.

About the author: Deborah C. Pollack graduated with honors from Temple University with a degree in art history. As Deborah Courtney, she performed in numerous television commercials and for three years starred on the soap opera Love of Life. She then became a fine art dealer and eventually, revisited her background in art history as an author. Her books include Visual Art and the Urban Evolution of the New South; Palm Beach Visual Arts; Felix De Crano: Forgotten Artist of the Flagler Colony; Bad Scarlett: The Extraordinary Life of the Notorious Southern Beauty Marie Boozer (selected for display at a women’s historical conference); Orville Bulman: An Enchanted Life and Fantastic Legacy, and Laura Woodward: The Artist Behind the Innovator Who Developed Palm Beach, which won an award from Florida Memorial University for making “a significant contribution to advancing the awareness of women’s history.” Pollack’s essays are in books such as the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Central to Their Lives: Women Artists in the Johnson Collection, and Palm Beach Light. Articles have appeared in periodicals including the American Art Review, New York History Review, Antiques and Art Around Florida, The Tustenegee, and The Hoosier Genealogist: Connections. She also wrote a requested blog for the Smithsonian Institution. Deborah lives with her husband, Edward, in Palm Beach, Florida, where they own Edward and Deborah Pollack Fine Art.

 

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