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Searching for Beauty

Searching for Beauty -
The Life of Millicent Rogers

“Millicent was seductive beyond discipline.” --DIANA VREELAND

“...a great fashion original....” --ANNA WINTOUR

Nobody knew how to live the high life like Millicent Rogers. Born into luxury, she lived in a whirl of beautiful homes, European vacations, exquisite clothing and handsome men. In Searching for Beauty (St. Martin's Press, 2011), Cherie Burns chronicles Rogers's glittering life from her days as a young girl afflicted with rheumatic fever to her debutante debut and her brilliant social trajectory in wartime Washington and postwar Hollywood. A rebellious icon of the age, she eloped with a penniless baron, danced tangos in European nightclubs, divorced, remarried and romanced, among others, Ian Fleming and Clark Gable. Her romantic conquests, though, paled in comparison to her triumph in the fashion world where she electrified the fashionistas by becoming the muse to designer Charles James, appearing in Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.  In the late forties she retreated to Taos, New Mexico where she found a new spiritual life and popularized Southwestern style. With Searching for Beauty, Millicent Rogers enters the pantheon of great American women who, like Diana Vreeland and Babe Paley, put their distinctive stamp on American Style. 

“Standard oil heiress and fashion icon Millicent  Rogers, a beauty who traveled with thirty-five suitcases and seven dachshunds, made headlines throughout her life for her famous romances and influence as a style-setter. Cherie Burns has written a page-turning tale of a society rebel.”--- Meryl Gordon, author of "Mrs. Astor Regrets"

"What a fabulous life! Rogers was an American original who charged through her wildly varied career with coruscating originality and maximum style. Hers was a high-wire act of glamour, art, philanthropy, and rapier smarts. With this fine biography, Cherie Burns makes it abundantly clear that, in our sorry age of Paris Hilton brats, they just don't make heiresses like Millicent Rogers any more." — Hampton Sides, bestselling author of "Blood and Thunder"

"Cherie Burns has given us a glittering tale of Millicent Rogers, one of the most glamorous women of the twentieth century. Anyone who is interested in the annals of high society will be fascinated with this book. Burns has reached far beyond the gossip of how the very rich live and produced an intimate and deeply personal view of Millicent Rogers, her family and her unending search for love and beauty." — Adam Lewis, author of “The Great Lady Decorators”, “Billy Baldwin”, “Albert Hadley” and “Van Day True"