Mercedes de Acosta
American poet, playwright, and novelist
Mercedes de Acosta
Mercedes de Acosta was an American poet, playwright, and novelist. Four of de Acosta's plays were produced, and she published a novel and three volumes of poetry. She was professionally unsuccessful but is known for her many lesbian affairs with famous Broadway and Hollywood personalities and numerous friendships with prominent artists of the period.
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Cook County Property Transfers for Sept. 1, 2011 - Niles Herald-Spectator
Google News - over 5 years
Federal Home Loan Mtg Corp to Raul Acosta Mercedes Acosta, $40000, Aug. 5 7100 W Barry Ave.: Victor M Velarde to Nick Imbrogno Beth Imbrogno, $209000, Aug. 2 7305 Arcadia St.: Triscari Trust to Heydar Karimi, $177500, Aug. 4 7537 Foster St.: Robert
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Un muerto y cuatro heridos en accidente de tránsito en Cesar - El Heraldo (Colombia)
Google News - over 5 years
... mientras que el menor identificado como Edgar Yesid Tépez; y los demás ocupantes del vehículo Luz Mary Martínez, de 25 años; Johana Hernández, de 10 años y Mercedes Acosta, sufrieron politraumatismos, siendo trasladados al hospital de Bosconia,
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Hospital realizó más de tres mil cirugías - El Dia.com.do
Google News - over 5 years
Severo Mercedes Acosta, director de la Residencia Nacional de Cirugía Plástica, Reconstructiva y Estética del Hospital Dr. Salvador B. Gautier (Renacip), dijo que el año pasado operaron tres mil 400 personas. Explicó que el 75 por ciento de los
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El Sauce: una zona de grandes fincas, campings y buenos vecinos - Los Andes (Argentina)
Google News - over 5 years
Hay que citar que la zona tiene además una escuela pública, la Orfelina Mercedes Acosta, a 150 metros de la vecinal. En la misma locación funcionan un Ceba, el Esteban Agüero, y el colegio polimodal Nº 4-201 Paulo Freire. Y dentro del perímetro del
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Llaman a cinco pesistas - El Diario de Sonora
Google News - over 5 years
La lista la encabeza la olímpica Luz Mercedes Acosta (63 kilos) además de Patricia Domínguez (58) y Francia Peñúñuri (58), así como Emmanuel Suárez (94), además de Óscar Verdugo, quien fue convocado de suplente en la división de los 94 kilos
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Marlene Dietrich se multiplica por tres en Maravillosa Criatura - laRepúblicaCultural.es
Google News - over 5 years
Pero también se ponen en evidencia sus tendencias al lesbianismo, con sus diferentes amantes femeninas como Mercedes Acosta, Dolores del Río, Edith Piaf o la propia Greta Garbo. Queda en el aire la incógnita, probablemente intencionada, de sabre hasta
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Confía sonorense Acosta mejorar su desempeño en Guadalajara 2011 - SDP Noticias
Google News - over 5 years
Con el objetivo puesto en la clasificación olímpica en noviembre venidero y, desde luego, en los Juegos Panamericanos Guadalajara 2011, la sonorense Luz Mercedes Acosta trabajará de manera intensa en esta capital para cumplir con sus objetivos
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Desinfección en escuelas de Guaymallén - Cuyonoticias
Google News - over 5 years
Ya desinfectaron estas instituciones educativas: Doctor Alejandro Mathus, en el distrito El Bermejo; Ofelina Mercedes Acosta y Maestro Paulo Freire en El Sauce; José Bruno Morón y Leopoldo Lugones de Colonia Segovia; Flavio Ferrari de Puente de Hierro;
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“QUE NO SE VAYAN LOS TALENTOS SONORENSES” - El reportero de la comunidad
Google News - over 5 years
... Oscar Martínez, Cinthya Domínguez, Alejandro Romo, Jesús Molina, el Jicamita Acuña, Alejandro Siqueiros, Luz Mercedes Acosta, Francisco Ramírez, Luis Alberto Zepeda y quizás una de las mejores en la historia de nuestro Estado: Ana Gabriela Guevara
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Notebook: Big day for former Franklin catchers - Elk Grove Citizen
Google News - almost 6 years
She hit .274 with five homers for her college team, which includes 2010 Pleasant Grove graduate Mercedes Acosta. Gray's former Sheldon teammate, Alexis Rivera, is now hitting .302 for UOP's softball team as its regular second baseman
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“Se la rifan Sonorenses en Lucha y Pesas” - Ehui
Google News - almost 6 years
... en esa disciplina deportiva que ha tenido grandes exponentes en años atrás, como Luz Mercedes Acosta, Cinthya Domínguez, Betzabe Gracia y otras, sigue enviando el mensaje que Sonora es una potencia en la Halterofilia tanto en hombres como en mujeres
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THE CRASH OF FLIGHT 587: THE VICTIMS; Grief Echoes From New York to Santo Domingo
NYTimes - over 15 years
Several times a day, the flights depart from Kennedy Airport, providing a crucial link between the Dominican Republic and New York City's Dominican neighborhoods. The first flight out, American Airlines Flight 587 to Santo Domingo, is so familiar that some Dominicans talk about it as if it were the morning train. With holidays approaching, Flight
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Stage: Borges Stories In 'Tango Apasionado'
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: IN his story ''The Intruder,'' IN his story ''The Intruder,'' Jorge Luis Borges created, in his words, ''a brief and tragic mirror of the character of those hard-bitten men living on the edge of Buenos Aires before the turn of the century.'' Graciela Daniele's ''Tango Apasionado'' is a brilliant musical adaptation of that Borges world - a
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mercedes de Acosta
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  • 1968
    Died on May 9, 1968.
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  • 1960
    In 1960, when de Acosta was seriously ill with a brain tumor and in need of money, she published her memoir, Here Lies the Heart.
    More Details Hide Details The book was well-received by the critics and many close friends praised the book. But its implied homosexuality resulted in the severance of several friendships with women who felt she had betrayed their sexuality. Garbo also ended their friendship at this time. Eva Le Gallienne in particular was furious, denouncing de Acosta as a liar and stating that she invented the stories for fame. This characterization is inaccurate since many of her affairs and relationships with women, including that with Le Gallienne, are confirmed in personal correspondence. An exception to this was Marlene Dietrich, who continued to correspond with her and loved the book. According to critic Patricia White, "If she craved being seen, MdA was more careful about what she said than she is given credit for. She wrote a name-dropping memoir, but for something attacked for exaggeration, it barely alludes to homosexuality". In any case, she gained a reputation that was not appreciated by everyone. But as Alice B. Toklas, lover of Gertrude Stein and de Acosta's long-term friend, wrote to a disapproving critic, "Say what you will about Mercedes, she’s had the most important women of the twentieth century".
  • 1959
    Although it has been argued that an intimate relationship between them cannot be proved, de Acosta states they were lovers. Contrary to legend, she did not do so in her memoir. In 1959, when she was destitute, de Acosta sold her papers to the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia and claims to have reluctantly included romantic letters from Garbo. "I would not have had the heart or courage to have burned these letters", she wrote William McCarthy, curator of the museum. "I mean, of course, Eva sic, Greta's and Marlene's who were lovers.
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  • 1938
    In 1938, she met Hindu dancer Ram Gopal in Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details They immediately established a rapport and became close lifelong friends. Later that year they traveled to India to meet Maharishi. When asked about religion, de Acosta once said that although she had grown up Catholic, she would be, if she had to be anything, a Buddhist.
  • 1936
    An ardent liberal, de Acosta was committed to several political causes. Concerned about the Spanish Civil War, which began in 1936, for example, she supported the loyalist Republican government that opposed the fascist Franco regime.
    More Details Hide Details A tireless advocate for women's rights, she wrote in her memoir, "I believed in every form of independence for women and I was an enrolled worker for women's suffrage." She also became a vegetarian and, out of respect for animals, refused to wear furs. De Acosta's best-known relationship was with Greta Garbo. When Garbo's close friend, author Salka Viertel, introduced them in 1931, they quickly became involved. As their relationship developed, it became erratic and volatile with Garbo always in control. The two were very close sporadically and then apart for lengthy periods when Garbo, annoyed by Mercedes' obsessive behavior, coupled with her own neuroses, ignored her. In any case, they remained friends for thirty years during which time Garbo wrote de Acosta 181 letters, cards, and telegrams. About their friendship, Cecil Beaton, who was close to both women, recorded in his 1958 memoir, "Mercedes is Garbo's very best friend and for 30 years has stood by her, willing to devote her life to her".
  • 1920
    Shortly after marrying Abram Poole in 1920, de Acosta became involved in a five-year relationship with actress Eva Le Gallienne.
    More Details Hide Details De Acosta wrote two plays for Le Gallienne, Sandro Botticelli and Jehanne de Arc. After the financial failures of both plays they ended their relationship. Over the next decade she was involved with several famous actresses and dancers including Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Ona Munson, and Russian ballerina Tamara Platonovna Karsavina. Additional unsubstantiated rumors include affairs with Pola Negri, Eleonora Duse, Katherine Cornell, and Alice B. Toklas. It has often been said that she once stated, "I can get any woman away from any man." However there is no evidence to substantiate this claim.
    De Acosta married painter Abram Poole (January 1883 Chicago, Illinois – May 24, 1961) in 1920. They divorced in 1935.
    More Details Hide Details She was described in 1955 by Garbo biographer, John Bainbridge, as "a woman of courtly manners, impeccable decorative taste and great personal elegance... a woman with a passionate and intense devotion to the art of living... and endowed with a high spirit, energy, eclectic curiosity and a varied interest in the arts."
  • 1916
    De Acosta was involved in numerous lesbian relationships with Broadway’s and Hollywood's elite and she did not attempt to hide her sexuality; her uncloseted existence was very rare and daring in her generation. In 1916 she began an affair with actress Alla Nazimova and later with dancer Isadora Duncan.
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  • 1893
    She was born in New York City in 1893.
    More Details Hide Details Her father, Ricardo de Acosta, was of Cuban and Spanish descent and her mother, Micaela Hernández de Alba y de Alba, was Spanish and reportedly a descendant of the Spanish Dukes of Alba. De Acosta had five siblings: Aida, Ricardo Jr., Angela, Maria, and Rita. Maria married socially prominent A. Robeson Sargent, the Harvard-educated landscape architect and son of Charles Sprague Sargent. Rita became a famous beauty best known as Rita Lydig. She was photographed by Adolf de Meyer, Edward Steichen, and Gertrude Käsebier, sculpted in alabaster by Malvina Hoffman, and painted by Giovanni Boldini and John Singer Sargent among others. Under the name Mrs Philip Lydig, Rita wrote a novel, Tragic Mansions (Boni & Liveright, 1927), a society melodrama described as "emotionally moving and appealing" by The New York Times. De Acosta attended elementary school at the Covenant of the Blessed Sacrement on West 79th Street in Manhattan where Dorothy Parker was a classmate.
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