Our debut episode of HistoryChiQ Smart Talk takes us back to the Paris Salons of the 1880s: an ambitious American painter - John Singer Sargent. An equally ambitious Paris beauty, transplanted from Creole country, who was forced to become Madame X.
Historian Deborah Davis, whose discerning sensibilities target the delicious details of history to reveal the riveting tale uncovered in STRAPLESS, a haunting story of ambition, beauty, talent, sex and scandal -- with unsual resonances to our contemporary mores.
Ms. Davis's most recent book, Guest of Honor, telescopes the historic dinner between Theodore Roosevelt & Booker T Washington that got swept under the carpet of history after the initial explosion. She is currently working on her 6th book, about Andy Warhol.
Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X (Tarcher/Putnam, 2003)
Producer: Robert Gonyo
& John Gaines as Rod Serling
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