Acosta, Mercedes de, 1893-1968Alternative names
Mercedes de Acosta (1893-1968) was born into an aristocratic Spanish family, and grew up in the world of New York high society. She married the painter Abram Poole in 1921, but they came to lead separate lives and were divorced in 1935. At various times during her life she was a novelist, a playwright, a poet, and a Hollywood scriptwriter. The critics were not impressed with her artistic talents, and today her published work is almost forgotten. The chief interest of her papers lies in her role as a "confidante to the stars": during the years between the World Wars she was on intimate terms with a number of talented and influential women (most notably Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, and Eva Le Galliene), and the collection provides insight into the artistic and theatrical circles in which she moved.
From the description of Papers, 1855-1964 (bulk 1920-1962). (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122409560
- Theater--Social life and customs--20th century
- Celebrities--Social life and customs--20th century
- Theater--History--20th century