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Vickers, Hugo

Works: 71 works in 285 publications in 2 languages and 7,407 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  History  Diaries  Portraits  Documentary films  Biographical films  Nonfiction films  Interviews  Pictorial works  Photographs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Other
Classifications: TR140.B4, B
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Most widely held works about Hugo Vickers
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Most widely held works by Hugo Vickers
Cecil Beaton : a biography by Hugo Vickers( Book )

47 editions published between 1985 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cecil Beaton was one of Britain's greatest cultural icons - not just as a photographer capturing some of the most celebrated portraits of the 20th century but also as designer of the iconic sets and costumes for the films MY FAIR LADY and GIGI. In 1980, Beaton personally chose Hugo Vickers to be his biographer, entrusting him with his diaries and the entire body of letters he had written - both personally and professionally - over the course of his life. Drawing on five years of intensive research and interviews with the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Truman Capote, Princess Grace of Monaco and Sir John Gielgud, Vickers' biography was an instant bestseller upon its publication in 1985
Alice : Princess Andrew of Greece by Hugo Vickers( Book )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Details the life of Great Britain's Princess Alice, who married Prince Andrew of Greece in 1903, a union that plunged her into a life of turmoil, fraught with war, exile, and execution
Vivien Leigh by Hugo Vickers( Book )

14 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gladys, Duchess of Marlborough by Hugo Vickers( Book )

15 editions published between 1979 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gladys Marie Spencer-Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (née Deacon; 1881? 1977), was a US socialite famous for her good looks. She was the mistress and later the second wife of Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough. Born in Paris, Gladys Marie Deacon was the daughter of Edward Deacon and his wife Florence, daughter of Admiral Charles H. Baldwin. She had three sisters and a brother who died in infancy. Her father was imprisoned after shooting her mother's lover to death in 1892 and the girl was sent to school at the Convent de l?Assomption at Auteuil. After Edward's release from prison, Florence abducted Gladys from the convent. The couple was divorced in 1893 and the custody of the three older children, including Gladys, was given to Edward. He took them to the United States, where Deacon remained for the next three years. Edward Deacon soon became mentally unstable and was hospitalised at McLean Hospital, dying there in 1901. Deacon and her sisters returned to France to live with their mother."
Loving Garbo : the story of Greta Garbo, Cecil Beaton, and Mercedes de Acosta by Hugo Vickers( Book )

19 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in English and Russian and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""I was completely surprised at what was happening ... It is only on such occasions that one realizes how fantastic life can be," the British photographer Cecil Beaton wrote in his diary one day late in 1947. He was setting down an account of his first sexual encounter with Greta Garbo. They had become friends nearly two years earlier, when she confided to him, "My bed is very small and chaste. I hate it." He impetuously proposed marriage to her, and she declined, but then months later she came to his room at the Plaza Hotel in New York, drew the curtains, and they became lovers. Beaton had reason to be surprised at this turn of events. For one thing, his romantic attachments were almost exclusively with men and would continue to be. Garbo's sexuality, like everything about her, remains mysterious, but certainly included women, as Beaton well knew. One of her lovers in Hollywood in the thirties was the screenwriter Mercedes de Acosta, a friend of Beaton's who has the rare distinction of having had affairs with Garbo and Marlene Dietrich at the same time. As Alice B. Toklas wrote, "You can't dispose of Mercedes lightly."" "The story of Garbo and Beaton and Mercedes de Acosta is a complicated web of passionate relationships in a cosmopolitan social world encompassing Hollywood, New York, London, and Paris. The three of them loved and fought, came together and parted, for forty years. Loving Garbo is based on much previously unpublished material, including the letters of Beaton, Garbo, Mercedes, Dietrich, Anita Loos, Eva Le Gallienne, and many others. It provides an intimate view of Garbo that is both touching and surprising. At once exhilarating and exasperating, she inspired as much obsessive longing in real life as she did on screen."--Jacket
The unexpurgated Beaton : the Cecil Beaton diaries as he wrote them, 1970-1980 by Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton( Book )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In New York, San Francisco, Palm Beach, Rio and Greece, on the Amalfi coast; at shooting parties in the English countryside, on yachts, at garden parties at Buckingham Palace, at costume balls in Venice, Paris or London."--Jacket
Debrett's book of the royal wedding by Hugo Vickers( Book )

8 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Love, Cecil by Lisa Immordino Vreeland( Visual )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary about Academy Award-winning costume designer Cecil Beaton. Also a respected photographer, artist and set designer, Beaton was best known for designing on award winning films such as "Gigi" (1958) and "My Fair Lady" (1964). The film features archive footage and interviews with a number of models, artists and filmmakers who worked closely with Beaton during his illustrious career
Behind closed doors : the tragic, untold story of the Duchess of Windsor by Hugo Vickers( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author has had a fascination with the story of the Duchess of Windsor since he was a young man. This book brings a fresh perspective on the story by focussing on the later years of exile: the criminal exploitation of an old sick woman after the death of her husband. She was ruthlessly exploited by a French lawyer called Suzanne Blum. Some members of the Royal Family, like Mountbatten and the Queen Mother, don't emerge with much credit, either. Using previously unpublished papers and other personal testaments, Hugo Vickers relates a tragic story which has lost none of its resonance over the years since the Duchess died in 1986
Beaton in the sixties : the Cecil Beaton diaries as he wrote them, 1965-1969 by Cecil Beaton( Book )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cecil Beaton was a photographer, illustrator, designer and writer. In the 60s he photographed The Rolling Stones, Penelope Tree and Twiggy, among others, and was as much a part of swinging London as they were. With a breathtaking range of artistic talents, he rose through English society to become portraitist of royalty, designer of theater and film sets and a true Renaissance personality. He's surprised by the congeniality of Princess Grace of Monaco, wooed by the petulant and perturbing Greta Garbo, chilled by the cold intellect of Robert Oppenheimer, sniping about Rudolph Nureyev with George Balanchine, competitive with Truman Capote, and adoring of Audrey (and Katharine) Hepburn. In this gossipy peep into the upper strata of artistic, intellectual and moneyed circles in an electric and tempestuous time, Beaton sees all with an artist's acuity, a photographer's sharpness and the keen intuition of a writer with something vital to say.--From publisher description
The quest for Queen Mary by James Pope-Hennessy( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Queen Mary, the widow of George V, and grandmother of the Queen, died at Marlborough House on 24 March 1953, a few months before the Coronation. She was eighty-five years old. Unusually for a Queen consort, an official biography was commissioned. The last similar exercise was the life of the Prince Consort, commissioned by Queen Victoria. The task was entrusted to James Pope-Hennessy. Pope-Hennessy embarked on his three year quest for Queen Mary in 1955. It was to take him to many royal courts and to the lunch and tea tables of retired courtiers and ladies-in-waiting. He had access to a great number of private documents. He was shown royal residences both in England and in Europe. As he went along, he kept notes about who he met and what he saw. Pope-Hennessy had not intended the notes of his royal interviews to be published for fifty years (i.e. until 2009). He described them as follows: 'To supplement the manuscript and printed sources I kept a private and confidential file recording in considerable detail the conversations I had both with Queen Mary's immediate descendants, related German, Danish and Norwegian royalty and with surviving members of the Court of King George V and Queen Mary. None of these interviews have been published, nor could they be until a lapse of fifty years. They are strictly confidential and form, I believe, a not uninteresting study of royal psycholology as it was and as it largely remains today.'"--Book jacket
Elizabeth : the Queen Mother by Hugo Vickers( Book )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From her privilaged aristocratic childhood, to the abdication and the problems with Diana - this book questions how Elizabeth the Queen Mother faced her challenges and crises, assesses her role, how powerful she was, and how she coped. This is a candid, personal portrait of one of Britain's most loved national treasures
The private world of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor by Hugo Vickers( Book )

5 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The story of King Edward VIII, the Duke of Windsor, who abdicated the English throne in 1936 to marry Wallis Simpson, 'the woman I love,' an American who was twice divorced, is perhaps the most romantic saga of the twentieth century. While the dramatic events involving this famous couple may be familiar, this fascinating book provides a fresh look at their lives through the extraordinary collection of private photographs recently discovered in the Windsor residence in Paris, many of which have never been published before"--From publisher description
Cecil Beaton : portraits & profiles by Cecil Beaton( Book )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cecil Beaton was a fashion, portrait and war photographer, a diarist, painter, interior designer and an Academy Award-winning stage and costume designer. He is one of the most celebrated portrait photographers of the twentieth century and is renowned for his images of elegance, glamour and style. This combines his photographs with excepts from his journals
The quest for Queen Mary by James Pope-Hennessy( Book )

7 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When James Pope-Hennessy began his work on Queen Mary's official biography, it opened the door to meetings with royalty, court members and retainers around Europe. The series of candid observations, secrets and indiscretions contained in his notes were to be kept private for 50 years. Now published in full for the first time and edited by the royal biographer Hugo Vickers, this is a riveting, often hilarious portrait of the eccentric aristocracy of a bygone age
The sphinx : the life of Gladys Deacon - Duchess of Marlborough by Hugo Vickers( Book )

4 editions published between 2020 and 2021 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most beautiful and brilliant women of her time, Gladys Deacon dazzled and puzzled the glittering social circles in which she moved. Born in Paris to American parents in 1881, Gladys emerged from a traumatic childhood - her father having shot her mother's lover dead when Gladys was only eleven - to captivate and inspire some of the greatest literary and artistic names of the Belle Epoque. Marcel Proust wrote of her, 'I never saw a girl with such beauty, such magnificent intelligence, such goodness and charm.' Berenson considered marrying her, Rodin and Monet befriended her, Boldini painted her and Epstein sculpted her. She inspired love from diverse Dukes and Princes, and the interest of women such as the Comtesse Greffulhe and Gertrude Stein. In 1921, when Gladys was forty, she achieved the wish she had held since the age of fourteen to marry the 9th Duke of Marlborough, then freshly divorced from fellow American Consuelo Vanderbilt. Gladys's circle now included Lady Ottoline Morrell, Lytton Strachey and Winston Churchill, who described her as 'a strange, glittering being'. But life at Blenheim was not a success: when the Duke evicted her in 1933, the only remaining signs of Gladys were two sphinxes bearing her features on the west terraces and mysterious blue eyes in the grand portico. She became a recluse, and the wax injections she'd had to straighten her nose when she was 22 had by now ravaged her beauty. Gladys was to spend her last years in the psycho-geriatric ward of a mental hospital, where she was discovered by a young Hugo Vickers. Intrigued and compelled to unmask the truth of her mysterious life, Vickers visited her over the course of two years, eventually publishing Gladys, Duchess of Marlborough, a biography of her life - and his first book - in 1979, two years after Gladys's death. Forty years on, Vickers has now completely rewritten and revised his original biography, updating it with previously unavailable material and drawing on his own personal research all over Europe and America. He once asked Gladys, 'Where is Gladys Deacon?' She answered him slowly, 'Gladys Deacon? . . . She never existed.' The Sphinx is a fascinating portrait of this elusive but brilliant woman who was at the centre of a now bygone era of wealth and privilege - and a tribute to one of the brightest stars of her age
Cocktails & laughter : the albums of Loelia Lindsay (Loelia, Duchess of Westminster) by Loelia Lindsay( Book )

3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Royal orders by Hugo Vickers( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Final edition by E. F Benson( Book )

5 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A memoir spanning Benson's whole life, from Edwardian high society to Bohemian Capri and Rye, a small town in Sussex. He tells of his life in Capri, where he shared a house with John Ellingham Brooks and Somerset Maugham and his neighbours included Norman Douglas, Axel Munthe and Maxim Gorky
Behind closed doors by Hugo Vickers( Recording )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hugo Vickers has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the royal family, and has had a fascination with the story of the Duchess of Windsor since he was a young man. This title focuses on the later years of exile
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Alice : Princess Andrew of Greece
Alice : Princess Andrew of GreeceLoving Garbo : the story of Greta Garbo, Cecil Beaton, and Mercedes de AcostaThe unexpurgated Beaton : the Cecil Beaton diaries as he wrote them, 1970-1980Behind closed doors : the tragic, untold story of the Duchess of WindsorBeaton in the sixties : the Cecil Beaton diaries as he wrote them, 1965-1969Elizabeth : the Queen MotherThe private world of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor
Alternative Names
Hugo Vickers British writer and broadcaster

Hugo Vickers Brits auteur

Vickers, Hugo 1951-

Виккерс Хьюго

هوجو فيكرز

هوغو فيكرز

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Russian (2)