Chapter 6. Presence

Look famous. Be legendary. Appear complex. Act easy. Radiate presence. Travel light. Seem a dream. Prove real.


The Quiet Little Girl: Part One

Anna was born on October 11, 1884, at her parents' West 37th Street apartment in New York City. She was a shy, sweet young thing. After a few years, those around her began to wonder if she'd ever break out of her shell. Despite the world of fortune she grew up in, she was so subdued a girl that her mother called her "Granny"—at least until she died from diphtheria when the girl was eight. When her father, an alcoholic confined to a sanitarium, also died less than two years later—her brother Elliott Jr. was also now dead from diphtheria, like their mother—the girl was taken in ...

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