The first-ever oral history of the Persian Room, which was New York’s premiere Cabaret venue for four decades. Author Patty Farmer is the perfect person to author “The Persian Room Presents: An Oral History of New York’s Most Magical Night Spot” (Vantage Press), not only as a resident, living in the Plaza Hotel’s new condominiums that use to be the rooms that the celebrity performers occupied while appearing at the former elite nightclub. Farmer’s book offers a glimpse of the ghosts from an elegant era, when people dressed for theatre and cabaret and the term celebrity was still met
with respect and admiration.
The Persian Room was the definition of class and the headliners, household names. The intimate space was THE destination for the world’s biggest names (both on and off stage) such as Lucille Ball, Ethel Merman, Liza Minnelli, Liberace, Cary Grant, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Joan Crawford and even John F. Kennedy.
Call it the biography of a place, a collaborative memoir, a history-but whatever you call it, The Persian Room Presents will transport you to the most elegant and magical nightspot New York has ever known. Among the many stars who spoke for the record are Marge Champion, Polly Bergen, Diahann Carroll, Don Dellair, Connie Stevens, Lesley Gore, Hilary Knight, Patti Page, Carol Lawrence, Jack Jones, Michele Lee, Lainie Kazan, Julie Wilson, Tony Butala, Tony Sandler, Kaye Ballard, Roslyn Kind, Celeste Holm, and late Andy Williams, in one of his last interviews about the venue he loved to perform.
WHAT/WHO: In celebration of New York’s Plaza Hotel’s 105th birthday, the world
famous landmark will host a signing of the critically acclaimed book, “The Persian Room Presents,” by Plaza resident, Ms. Patty Farmer. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to Childhelp for the treatment and prevention of child abuse. Among the many anecdotes contained in the book are memories from both Celeste Holm and Andy Williams.
WHERE: The Plaza Hotel. 768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019 (212) 759-3000.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Since she was a little girl, Patty Farmer dreamed of living
t the Plaza-just like that scamp Eloise, whose storybook adventures she relished. Decades later, that dream came true and she found herself permanently ensconced in an apartment on the eighth floor of the famed hotel-and more passionate than ever about exploring every nook of it and immersing herself in its history. The Persian Room Presents is the first book in a series she is planning about many aspects of her beloved landmark home.
Photographs are Courtesy: Persian Room Presents/Patty Farmer
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