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The Riviera Set, 1920-1960: The Golden Years of Glamour and Excess

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Queen Bees: Six Brilliant and Extraordinary Society Hostesses between the Wars

By Siân Evans

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When Maxine Elliott moved into her newly built Château de l’Horizon in 1932, she and her guests always dined outside by moonlight. For the nights when the moon did not oblige, Elliott constructed an alternative: a huge fake moon, set at the top of her highest tree, which could be switched on to provide electric moonlight when necessary.

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