American Empress: The Life and Times of Marjorie Merriweather Post

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American Empress is a sweeping history of the dramatic life of heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, daughter of breakfast-cereal magnate C. W. Post. As a young girl growing up in the Midwest, Marjorie Post helped glue cereal boxes in her father's barn, later became a board member of his company, wed a diplomat and by late middle age was widely acknowledged as the unofficial "Queen of Washington, D.C." The glamorous and warm-hearted Mrs. Post was also mother to actress Dina Merrill. Throughout her life, she gave generously to hundreds of civic, artistic and philanthropic causes, among which were the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Ballet and the Kennedy Center. By virtue of her brains, beauty and great wealth, Mrs. Post was a woman well ahead of her era, whose natural business acumen created the frozen foods industry and transformed the Postum Cereal Company into the General Foods Corporation.

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A very informative, well-written biography of a fascinating lady. Also, a wonderful narrative of US history from the late 1800s through much of the 20th century. Read full review

AMERICAN EMPRESS: The Life and Times of Marjorie Merriweather Post

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Heiress Marjorie Post was many things during her long life, but ``empress'' seems an overstatement. Post was one of the wealthiest women in the United States, but her life as described by journalist ... Read full review

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NANCY RUBIN STUART is an award-winning author, journalist, aNANCY RUBIN STUART is an award-winning author, journalist, and producer who specializes in women and social history. Shend producer who specializes in women and social history. She also serves as one of the directors of the Women Writing Wo also serves as one of the directors of the Women Writing Women's Lives Seminar at the Graduate Center of the City Univemen's Lives Seminar at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She lives in New York City. rsity of New York. She lives in New York City.

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