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Kay Thompson (1909–1998)

Autor(a) de Eloise

43+ Works 5,491 Membros 126 Críticas 6 Favorited

About the Author

Kay Thompson was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1911, the daughter of a local jeweler. She showed early promise as a pianist; she started to play the piano when she was four, and at sixteen played Franz Liszt with the St. Louis Symphony. Shortly afterward, she appeared as featured vocalist with a mostrar mais local dance band. Thompson went to California in 1929, when she was seventeen. Her first job was as a diving instructor, but she soon found a job on the radio as a vocalist with the Mills Brothers. Later she joined Fred Waring's band in New York as a singer and arranger. She decided to produce her own radio show, which was aired over the CBS network under the name Kay Thompson and Company. The show was not as big a success as Thompson had hoped and so she signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios as an arranger and composer. Beginning in 1942, she worked with MGM choreographer Robert Alton on such films as The Ziegfield Follies, The Harvey Girls, and The Kid From Brooklyn. She remained with the studio for four years until she created her own night club routine. The show opened at Ciro's night club in 1947 and was successful enough to be taken on the road. That autumn she opened in Chicago and in February 1948 she moved to Miami for a $15,000-a-week engagement. Thompson kept the act going until 1953. Eloise's birth was unexpected. Thompson prized punctuality, but one day she was late to rehearsals with the Mills Brothers. In a high, childish voice, she made her apology. One of her co-workers said, 'Who are you, little girl?' Thompson replied, 'I am Eloise. I am 6.' The others joined in the game, each assuming a juvenile identity, and it became a regular rehearsal pastime. The routine became a book after Thompson began performing in 1954 in a one-woman show at the Plaza. While she was appearing in the hotel's Persian Room, she was introduced to an artist, Hilary Knight, and he became the illustrator of Eloise, which was subtitled A Book for Precocious Grown Ups. Thompson wrote the book during a three-month break from performing. Later she wrote three other books about Eloise, which were also illustrated by Knight. In the first two years after Eloise came out, 150,000 copies were sold. According to records beginning in 1983, 592,000 copies of "Eloise" have been sold in the United States since then. Thompson also wrote "Kay Thompson's Miss Pooky Peckinpaugh and Her Secret Private Boyfriends Complete with Telephone Numbers," illustrated by Joe Eula. Thompson also founded Eloise Ltd., which made recordings and other products related to the Eloise character. In later years, Ms. Thompson acted in movies, including "Funny Face," and on television. Kay Thompson died in July of 1998 (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: 1996 Hilary Knight portrait of Kay Thompson By Vanity Fair: http://www.eloisewebsite.com/library/9612_vanityfair.htm, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13064358


Obras por Kay Thompson

Eloise (1955) 1,800 exemplares, 43 críticas
Eloise in Paris (1957) 698 exemplares, 19 críticas
Eloise at Christmastime (1958) 508 exemplares, 10 críticas
Eloise Takes A Bawth (2002) 361 exemplares, 6 críticas
Eloise: The Ultimate Edition (2000) 346 exemplares, 6 críticas
Eloise in Moscow (1959) 342 exemplares, 6 críticas
Eloise's Summer Vacation (Ready-to-Read. Level 1) (2007) 167 exemplares, 2 críticas
Eloise Skates! (2008) 70 exemplares, 1 crítica
Eloise Decorates for Christmas (2007) 65 exemplares
Eloise and the Big Parade (2007) 44 exemplares
Eloise at the Plaza [2003 film] (2003) — Original story — 43 exemplares
Eloise at Christmastime [2003 film] (2003) — Original story — 38 exemplares
Eloise at The Plaza (2015) 35 exemplares, 2 críticas
Merry Christmas, Eloise! (2006) 29 exemplares, 1 crítica
Eloise's Christmas Trinkles (2007) 21 exemplares
Eloise Dresses Up (2005) 18 exemplares
Eloise and Friends (2015) 14 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Eloise collection (2015) 12 exemplares
Eloise Goes to the Beach (2007) 11 exemplares, 1 crítica
Here Comes Eloise! (2006) 4 exemplares
Eloise Takes a Trip (2007) 3 exemplares
Miss Pooky Peckinpaugh (1970) 1 exemplar
The Adventures of Eloise (2016) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Funny Face [1957 film] (1957) — Actress — 253 exemplares, 4 críticas
Eloise Has a Lesson (2005) — Series Originator — 209 exemplares, 2 críticas
Eloise Breaks Some Eggs (2004) — Creator — 197 exemplares, 4 críticas
Eloise and the Very Secret Room (Ready-to-Read. Level 1) (2006) — Creator — 142 exemplares, 1 crítica
Eloise at the Wedding (2006) — Original Character — 125 exemplares, 2 críticas
Eloise and the Snowman (Ready-to-Read. Level 1) (2006) — Original Character — 109 exemplares, 1 crítica
Eloise's New Bonnet (Ready-to-Read. Level 1) (2007) — Creator — 99 exemplares
Eloise in Hollywood (2005) — Creator — 96 exemplares, 6 críticas
Love & Kisses, Eloise (Kay Thompson's Eloise) (2005) — Original Character — 91 exemplares
Eloise and the Dinosaurs (Ready-to-Read. Level 1) (2007) — Creator — 43 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Thompson, Kay
Nome legal
Catherine Louise Fink
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
Local de nascimento
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Local de falecimento
New York City, New York, USA
Locais de residência
New York, New York, USA
Hollywood, California, USA

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Kay Thompson, née Catherine Louise Fink, was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She showed early talent for the piano, and by age 16 was appearing onstage as a soloist with the St. Louis Symphony. Then she moved to California and became a singer, dancer, vocal arranger, and the producer and host of a CBS Radio program called Kay Thompson & Company. She was a composer. arranger, and singing coach for many MGM musicals such as The Harvey Girls (1946), The Ziegfeld Follies (1946), and The Kid from Brooklyn (1946), in which she made her own debut as a film actor. In 1955, she published her first book, creating with illustrator Hilary Knight the now-classic character of Eloise, the mischievous 6-year-old who lives at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. She wrote more bestselling Eloise books and continued performing in nightclubs, films, and on television.



Eloise in Paris Written by Kay Thompson


Here's the thing of it:
has just been discovered
by Eloise
the little girl from the Plaza...

Here is what Eloise
does in Paris:

The effect is rawther extraordinaire.
If you come to Paris with Eloise
you will always be glad you did.
OmarAlKhaledMohammad | 18 outras críticas | Jun 28, 2024 |
Eloise Written by Kay Thompson

Eloise has been delighting readers for more than sixty years —though she’s still not a day over six!

Eloise is a very special little girl who lives at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. She may not be pretty yet, but she’s definitely already a real person. She loves learning about people who aren’t boring. Take Eloise home with you and she’ll introduce you to life at The Plaza. You’ll be glad you did!

Eloise A 6 Year-Old little girl who lives at The Plaza Hotel in New York… (mais)
OmarAlKhaledMohammad | 42 outras críticas | Jun 24, 2024 |
Ms and Mx indifferent. For older kids. Longer story, outlandish characters and themes.
Mx2018 | 18 outras críticas | May 5, 2024 |
Recently my husband and daughter watched the Disney movie "Eloise at the Plaza" while I was at work. I realized that I hadn't read Eloise in forever, so I got it from the library to refresh my memory. I was surprised by how long and rambling it is. I remembered Eloise as spoiled and obnoxious, but I forgot how the text of the book is like stream-of-consciousness poetry. It doesn't feel like it's really for young children. My 7yo only wanted to look at the pictures and pick out certain notable phrases like "my mostly companion."

Does this deserve to be a classic? It's certainly remarkable for the audacity of the main character. She's not really likable, but I have sympathy for her. She doesn't go to school or have friends or see her mother. She is not a rascal with a heart of gold. She is pure id.

In a way, this book reminds me of Lord of the Flies.
… (mais)
LibrarianDest | 42 outras críticas | Jan 3, 2024 |



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