Acosta, Mercedes de, 1893-1968

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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

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referencedIn Amy Lowell correspondence, 1883-1927 (inclusive), 1910-1925 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Gertrude Stein Collection TXRC06-A12., 1914-1973, (bulk 1946-1967) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Amy Lowell correspondence, 1883-1927 (inclusive), 1910-1925 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Charlotte Seitlin Papers, 1938-1979 Sophia Smith Collection
creatorOf Speiser, Maurice J., 1880-. Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1915-1938, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946. Gertrude Stein Collection, 1914-1973 (bulk 1946-1967). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Acosta, Mercedes de. Telegram to Mary Desti [1927, Sept.]. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library
referencedIn Spewack, Samuel and Bella. Papers, ca.1920-1980. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962. Papers, 1897-1930 Houghton Library
referencedIn Samuel and Bella Spewack Papers, ca.1920-1980 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Acosta, Mercedes de. Papers, 1855-1964 (bulk 1920-1962). Rosenbach Museum & Library
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associatedWith Adams, Maude, 1872-1953, person
associatedWith Bartok, Eva, 1927-1998, person
associatedWith Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980, person
associatedWith Boulanger, Nadia, person
correspondedWith Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962 person
correspondedWith Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968 person
associatedWith Dietrich, Marlene, person
associatedWith Doro, Marie, person
associatedWith Duncan, Isadora, 1878-1927, person
associatedWith Duse, Eleanora, 1858-1924, person
associatedWith Forbin, Claire, Marquise de, person
associatedWith Garbo, Greta, 1905-1990, person
associatedWith Garden, Mary, 1874-1967, person
associatedWith Hoffman, Malvina, 1887-1966, person
associatedWith Jeans, Isabel, 1891-1985, person
associatedWith Karsavina, Tamara, person
associatedWith Kirk, Maria Annunziata, d. 1986, person
associatedWith Laurencin, Marie, 1885-1956, person
associatedWith Le Gallienne, Eva, 1899-1991, person
correspondedWith Lowell, Amy, 1874-1925 person
associatedWith Lydig, Rita de Acosta, 1880-1929. person
associatedWith MacIver, Loren, 1909- person
associatedWith Maria, Sorella, person
associatedWith McCarthy, William Henry, person
associatedWith Meher Baba, 1894-1969, person
associatedWith Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972, person
associatedWith Munson, Ona, 1906-1955, person
associatedWith Pereira, I. (Irene Rice), 1902-1971, person
associatedWith Philip H. & A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, corporateBody
associatedWith Poole, Abram, 1882-1961, person
associatedWith Rambova, Natacha, person
associatedWith Ram Gopal, 1917- person
associatedWith Seitlin, Charlotte person
associatedWith Speiser, Maurice J., 1880- person
associatedWith Spewack, Samuel, 1899-1971 person
associatedWith Spewack, Samuel and Bella. person
associatedWith Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946 person
associatedWith Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971, person
associatedWith Toklas, Alice B., person
associatedWith Williams, Hope, person
associatedWith Young, Stark, 1881-1963, person
associatedWith Zuloaga, Ignacio, 1870-1945, person
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Birth 1893-03-01

Death 1968-05-09








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SNAC ID: 59863844