Caresse Crosby was an inventor, publisher, patron of the arts, and half of ‘literatures most scandalous couple.’ She invented the backless brassiere, published works by James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, Henry Miller and Ernest Hemmingway, and once turned up to Bal des Quat’z Arts, topless, riding on a baby elephant.
In 1950 Crosby bought Castello Roccasinibalda and ran it as an artist colony, described by Henry Miller as the “Center for Creative Arts and Humanist Living in the Abruzzi Hills.”
Alfred Stieglitz was a photographer, gallerist and art impresario who made an unparalleled contribution to the introduction of modern art to America, and provided substantial support for young American modern artists. Stieglitz was also a pioneer in the advancement of photography as an art form.
Lady Ottoline Morrell was an aristocrate, society hostess and patron. She was a regular host to the Bloomsbury Set.
Syrie Maugham was an interior designer and trendsetter, who was famed for her all-white rooms, which she first unveiled at a midnight party at her London home.
Michael Stoop was a professional gambler, Omar Sharif’s Bridge partner, a key character in the Lord Lucan affair, and a prominent member of the Clermont Club. As such he was closely associated with the Mayfair Set, who subverted the Establishment in Britain in the 1970s and 1980s.
Rowena Cade was a Master Builder and the creator of The Minack Theatre. She ran the theatre, until she was 83, when she gave it to a charitable trust which was setup to secure its future.
Michael White was a theatre and film producer. He is ‘the most famous person you’ve never heard of’ and The Last Impresario.
Dorothy Parker was an American writer, a ‘rebel in evening clothes’ and a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table. She was best known for her poetry, satire and wit.
Richard D’Oyly Carte was a talent agent, theatre impresario and hotelier, who built the Savoy Hotel with profits from his Gilbert and Sullivan operas.