(click to enlarge)In the lower left of the exhibit is a placard with the following:With the lines:"I am Eloise I am six I am a city child I live at the Plaza" author Kay Thompson introduced a precocious imp whose exploits in the hallways and reception rooms of the elegant Plaza Hotel at Central Park South and Fifty-ninth street, have delighted readers and listeners for more than forty years. Artist Hilary Knight’s drawing for the 1955 book, Eloise, were equally engaging. The collaborative effort led to enduring success for the book and its character.In 1996, at the request of the Museum of the City of New York, Mr. Knight created this eight-by-six foot handpainted screen – like a life-size page from the original book – of Eloise’s room at the Plaza Hotel. The three-dimensional Eloise, in the form of a chair, was handpainted by Mr. Knight. Those familiar with the story recognize Eloise’s doll Saylor, her dog Weenie, her turtle Skipperdee, and the pigeon from the Sherry-Netherland who sits on the windowsill. An ice-cream sundae, served on Plaza Hotel china has just been delivered from room service. A cloth doll, made by the Hol-le Toy Company, New York, in 1957, portrays Eloise wearing her distinctive costume of white blouse and navy blue pleated skirt.Eloise ExhibitMuseum of the City of New York1220 Fifth AvenueNew York, NY 10029212/534-1672
"Eloise is one of the more delightfully fiendish literary heroines of our time." -- Edward I. Koch (former NYC mayor!!!)
Pink and Black Ball
Pink and Black Ball Scrapbook
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The Plaza Hotel with spotlights, a pink carpet, Eloise balloon and Eloise Flags to welcome the guests at the ball.The Palm Court alive with fresh roses in every shade of pink and party goers in pink and black formal attire.
(R) Brenda Bowen, v-p and publisher of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing was interviewed by (L) Joan Rivers.
Evelyn Rudie, who played Eloise in the 1956 Playhouse 90 telecast. (Inset) with Eloise illustrator, Hilary Knight
(R) Carol Shaw, creator of LORAC cosmetics and the new Eloise lipstick, parties with (L) Tracy van Straaten, S&S Associate Director of Publicity.
Hilary Knight (R) arrives at the ball with his guest Phoebe Leger (L) wearing an Eloise skirt designed by Mr. Knight.
NEW YORK -- Oct. 20, 1999 -- Kenn Viselman (L), Chairman and CEO of The itsy bitsy Entertainment Company, and Joan Rivers (R) celebrate the reissue of the children's book Eloise at The Pink and Black Ball at The Plaza Hotel on Tuesday, October 12th.
Ball Guests were treated to an Eloise Emergency Hotel Kit, modeled after the 1950's version, as a party favor.
40th AnniversaryEloise Marketing Item
Eloise Charity Auctions
Over the years, quite a number of Eloise items have been auctioned for charity. Here are a few:
"Mooooooooo It's Me, ELOISE"The statue was sponsored by Simon and Schuster for NYC Cow Parade 2000. Cosw were auctioned with proceeds benefiting six NYC charities.
Eloise’s Ultimate Doll AuctionThe dolls, valued at five million dollars and adorned with diamonds, furs designer dresses and Swarovski crystal jeweled accessories were aucitoned for charity in 2000.
Eloise Considers the StageThis fabulous original Eloise drawing by Hilary Knight is available at the silent auction to benefit the Bay Street Theatre’s 2002 Summer Gala.
"Tiaras to Benefit New York Public Library"In keeping with his character's rebellious nature, Eloise illustrator Hilary Knight jettisoned the genteel tiara and substituted it with a "T-Hair-A", two wild headpieces - a daytime and an evening version for Eloise.