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Inside the Plaza: An Intimate Portrait of the Ultimate Hotel [Kindle Edition]

Ward Morehouse III
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Book Description

(Applause Books). From Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald cavorting in the Pulitzer Fountain to Ivana Trump patrolling the halls to inspect the rooms, this is the Plaza Hotel as no one has ever seen it, or been permitted to see it. The Plaza is the place where the Beatles headquartered when they invaded America. It's where George M. Cohan held court during the golden era of Broadway. It's where Marilyn busted a strap on cue, where Cary Grant started out from when he traveled North By Northwest , and where Macauley Culkin stayed after staying Home Alone . From the railroad tracks in the basement to the vast luxury suites overlooking Central Park, this is the full story behind the gilded doors, the inside scoop direct from the people who have cavorted there and worked there.

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From Publishers Weekly

What do Ward Morehouse III and Kay Thompson's Eloise have in common? The theater critic, playwright and author of a previous hotel biography (The Waldorf-Astoria: America's Gilded Dream) and the six-year-old scamp both did some growing up at New York's fabled Plaza Hotel. In Inside The Plaza: An Intimate Portrait of the Ultimate Hotel, Morehouse details its sparkling history, from the architectural (the hotel's gables and balconies were fashioned by hand) to the social (at the masked ball Truman Capote threw for Katherine Graham, Candice Bergen wore a mask topped with bunny ears). Toss in stories (and black-and-white photographs) of nightclub chanteuses, rock stars and American royalty, as well as tidbits about underground railroad tracks for transporting coal and Prohibition-era liquor sales, and it's an entertaining read for travelers and homebodies alike.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4450 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books (October 1, 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001P3NV0W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,318,554 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A peek into a New York landmark April 1, 2002
Ward Morehouse, III has written a nice little book about the history of the Plaza Hotel, one of New York's enduring landmarks. The author takes the reader through all aspects of the building of the hotel (the present one is the second Plaza which opened in 1907) and has some wonderful insights of his own about life at the Plaza....he lived there as a boy.
While the book is informative and has many photos from the past, it could have been better put together. Why, for instance is a floor plan not included? This would have been most helpful as the reader tries to imagine where many of the significant entertainment rooms are in relation to the others....especially ones that are no longer there. It would have been good to have a this kind of reference. Mr. Moorhouse's book jumps around quite a bit, also. Who proofread "Inside the Plaza"? The number of spelling mistakes is appalling. "Dessert" is always spelled "desert".
The best chapter regards the recollections of longtime employees, of which there are many. Their remembrances really add much to the color of the Plaza and they help the book to its conclusion. "Inside the Plaza" is an easy read and enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bon-bon for vacation delectation April 29, 2012
"Inside the Plaza," an Intimate Portrait of the Ultimate Hotel, by Ward Morehouse III, is to be savored. It's a name-droppers paradise. The delicious anecdotes as well as riveting history make this a treasure to be opened at any page and enjoyed. There are fascinating photos as well, Jackie & Jack Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe among them.
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