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Elsa Maxwell

Elsa Maxwell (May 24, 1883 – November 1, 1963) was an American gossip columnist and author, songwriter, screenwriter, radio personality and professional hostess renowned for her parties for royalty and high society figures of her day.

Maxwell is credited with the introduction of the scavenger hunt and treasure hunt for use as party games in the modern era. Her radio program, Elsa Maxwell’s Party Line, began in 1942; she also wrote a syndicated gossip column. She appeared as herself in the films Stage Door Canteen (1943) and Rhapsody in Blue (1945), as well as co-starring in the film Hotel for Women (1939), for which she wrote the screenplay and a song.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 24th, 1883 (New York City), Died November 1st, 1963 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1916 - 1935

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-18781 10-in. 12/8/1916 Please keep out of my dreams Nora Bayes Female vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor B-20435 10-in. 7/20/1917 You're way out there Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor B-24961 10-in. 2/25/1921 The singer Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor BVE-31815 10-in. 5/20/1925 Please keep out of my dreams Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor B-31815 10-in. 1/29/1925 Please keep out of my dreams Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with violin, celeste, and orchestra songwriter  
Victor BS-85507 10-in. 2/25/1935 I'd rather be with you Lee Bennett ; Jan Garber Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-92906 10-in. 8/1/1935 Lost my rhythm, lost my music, lost my man Bennett Sisters ; Bill Staffon Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal trio songwriter  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Maxwell, Elsa," accessed December 4, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105772.

Maxwell, Elsa. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 4, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105772.

"Maxwell, Elsa." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 4 December 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105772

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