Topic: Shelved Dolls

Shelved Dolls: Consuelo Vanderbilt – Really Worked Past Her Terrible Mother

Shelved Dolls: Consuelo Vanderbilt - Really Worked Past Her Terrible Mother

So, last week, we established that you do not have a bad relationship with your mother. You may think you do. You may think that your mother is domineering or too intense or other not so flattering qualities that people label their mothers, but at least your mom didn’t sell you into a loveless 19th century marriage to a Duke so dour he was hilariously known as “Sunny.” More »

Shelved Dolls: Pamela Harriman – The Last Courtesan

Shelved Dolls: Pamela Harriman - The Last Courtesan

Sometimes I’ll be sitting eating an ice cream cone or Spaghetti-Os, and I will think, “It’s sad there are no real modern day courtesans.” There just aren’t. Partly because there are very few real monarchies, so you can’t sashay out and seduce a string of noblemen and then the King of Bavaria as easily as you could when there were nothing but aristocrats running around Europe. More »

Shelved Dolls: Sally Hemings – Was She Really Thomas Jefferson’s Mistress?

Shelved Dolls: Sally Hemings - Was She Really Thomas Jefferson's Mistress?

There are some aspects about which everyone seems to agree regarding Sally Hemings.

The first is that she was a stone fox. Around the Monticello plantation where she grew up she was called “Dashing Sally” by the time she was about age 15.

When she arrived in Paris with President Jefferson, she captivated people. This is also something absolutely everyone agreed upon. More »

Shelved Dolls: La Paiva – A Really Glamorous Monster

 Shelved Dolls: La Paiva - A Really Glamorous Monster

I sometimes feel there is a pattern with Shelved Dolls. I begin with a saint, then write about a serial killer and then a sinner – and start the rotation again. Marion Davies was going to be our sinner but, according to Tennessee Williams and good people everywhere she “made up for the rest of Hollywood” so I decided we needed a really spicy courtesan this week.

A regular champagne bubble about town, if you will. More »