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
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Maxwell, Elsa," accessed September 16, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105772.
Maxwell, Elsa. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 16, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105772.
"Maxwell, Elsa." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 September 2021.
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