The Sky's the Limit

Passion and Property in Manhattan


By Steven Gaines

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With his signature elan, Gaines weaves a gossipy tapestry of brokers, buyers, co-op boards, and eccentric landlords and tells of the apartment hunting and renovating adventures of many celebrities — from Tommy Hilfiger to Donna Karan, from Jerry Seinfeld to Steven Spielberg, from Barbra Streisand to Madonna.

Gaines uncovers the secretive, unwritten rules of co-op boards: why diplomats and pretty divorcees are frowned upon, what not to wear to a board interview, and which of the biggest celebrities and CEOs have been turned away from the elite buildings of Fifth and Park Avenues. He introduces the carriage-trade brokers who never have to advertise for clients and gives us finely etched portraits of a few of the discreet, elderly society ladies who decide who gets into the so-called Good Buildings.

Here, too, is a fascinating chronicle of the changes in Manhattan’s residential skyline, from the slums of the nineteenth century to the advent of the luxury building. Gaines describes how living in boxes stacked on boxes came to be seen as the ultimate in status, and how the co-operative apartment, originally conceived as a form of housing for the poor, came to be used as a legal means of black-balling undesirable neighbors.

A social history told through brick and mortar, The Sky’s the Limit is the ultimate look inside one of the most exclusive and expensive enclaves in the world, and at the lengths to which people will go to get in.


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On that day in June 1999 when Tommy Hilfiger got into 820 Fifth Avenue, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where these kinds of things duly matter, the news was examined and deciphered like some sort of a social Rosetta stone. The ladies with the tanned, slender arms in their sleeveless Carolina Herrera dresses picked over the details—the square footage, the price, his wife, his money—along with the cheese soufflé every day at lunch that week at Swifty's. Why would eightyish society nabob Jayne Wrightsman, who reportedly controlled everything at 820 Fifth Avenue, down to what color the lampshades were in the lobby, let Tommy Hilfiger in? What did that mean? Was Fifth Avenue turning into Central Park West?

Fifth Avenue is the address against which all others are measured. It cleaves Manhattan down the middle, East from West, the geographic arbiter of status. It divides the Croesusean rich from the merely wealthy, the influential from the truly powerful. From its southernmost tip, at Washington Square in Greenwich Village, to Ninety-sixth Street, where it stops mattering, it is six and a half miles long, most of it high-end retail space and skyscraper office buildings. But on the mile and a half facing Central Park, from Fifty-ninth Street to Ninety-sixth Street, in sixty-three co-operative and five condominium apartment buildings, there lives the greatest consolidation of private wealth ever assembled in one place. Of that stretch of the avenue, 820 Fifth Avenue was one of the top two "great houses," as the old-time management referred to the buildings they lovingly tended.

"I would have thought Eight-twenty Fifth was the best address in the city," Edward Lee Cave, the don of the carriage-trade brokers sniffed, meaning pre-Hilfiger. At the carriage-trade brokerage houses, selling an apartment at 820 Fifth Avenue is the equivalent of receiving the real estate Légion d'Honneur. The building is so exclusive, the co-op board so difficult, that even the loftiest plutocrats have been repelled from its doors, including three billionaires—Revlon chief Ronald Perelman, financier Asher Edelman, and oilman Frederick Koch. Yet there it was, that Wednesday in June 1999, in a big, black bold headline in the salmon-colored New York Observer: TOMMY BOY'S BIG ADDRESS: O.K.'D AT 820 FIFTH. The article confirmed that "baggy-clothing" designer Tommy Hilfiger had been approved to buy, for $12.5 million, an eighteen-room, six-bedroom apartment at 820 Fifth Avenue from the estate of the poet Louise Crane and that "high end brokers were in shock."

Truth be told, nothing seemed shocking anymore on Fifth Avenue. It was safe to say that there wasn't a coupon-clipping WASP dreadnought in sight. The real high-WASP families had long ago moved to quiet little buildings on fashionable side streets where the building profiles were lower—and so were the maintenance fees. As for "real society" on Fifth Avenue, well, the old saw is that "real society" died in 1908 with Mrs. William Backhouse Astor Jr.* In any event, Tommy Hilfiger was hardly the first new face to stake his claim to a "rung in the social ladder," as one character in Edith Wharton's House of Mirth describes a Fifth Avenue address. The history of Fifth Avenue has always been that of new money being trumped by newer money. The only difference now is that the cycles come much more quickly, the people are much richer, and new money smells better than it used to. Gertrude Vanderbilt once cautioned her grandchildren about men who made their money from oil and livestock: "It takes three generations to wash off oil and two to exterminate the smell of hogs." She also longed for a more genteel time when "Society was still Society" and not "a hodgepodge of tradesmen and stockbrokers." Men who made their money in oil or steel were known as "shoddyites" and nouveau riche families were nicknamed the McFlimsies. The moneymen who got rich on Wall Street were disparaged as "bouncers." In the 1890s Ward McAllister was still trying to separate the "nobs" of breeding and position and the "swells, who had to entertain to be smart." Entertaining to be smart meant a great deal on Fifth Avenue. All of the generations of Fifth Avenue residents—"Fifth Avenoodles," as the newspapers mocked them in the 1800s—were always furiously social people who showed off their wealth and class by being voracious collectors of art, food, furniture, and clothing and givers of grand parties and balls.

When the name FIFTH AVENUE, in capital letters, appeared for the first time on the historic Commissioners Plan of 1811, it was only a designated number on a map, without any special distinction other than it started at what once was a potter's field called Washington Square Park and ran straight up the island, all the way north to the Harlem River. The street's association with the rich began in 1834 when millionaire farmer and landholder Henry Brevoort, age eighty-seven and known as the Old Gentleman by his family, built himself a two-story, flat-roofed Georgian mansion on the corner of Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue, then three miles north of the center of the city, and chained a bear to a stake on his front lawn as entertainment.* Six years later, one evening in February 1840, Brevoort inaugurated the street as the home of lavish entertaining by giving the second masked ball ever to be held in Manhattan, according to the next day's newspapers, for 500 people. Legend has it that two young guests eloped—the British consul's daughter, who wore a costume "of floating gauzes, bracelets, a small coronet of jewels and a risoe[sic]-colored bridal veil," and a lad from a wealthy southern family, who wore "cap and bells and cockle shells aglistening all in a row," according to one account—and caused such a scandal that society banned masked balls for years to come.

Upper Fifth Avenue of today is a big residential boulevard, 100 feet wide, with mostly tall apartment buildings and hardly a mansion (or a ballroom) for blocks. There are roomy twenty-foot-wide sidewalks on either side of the street—the park side is cut pavement stone—and a center asphalt motorway sixty feet across, which is during the day a tangle of taxis, limousines, and buses headed south. At night the street is less crowded, sleeker, and a little surreal in its Stonehenge-like majesty. The silver-gray apartment buildings, especially the stately limestone fortresses, seem unapproachable and unoccupied. It is rare to see any movement, or even a person, in the windows of an apartment on Fifth Avenue, and oddly at times there are only a few people walking on the street. People who live on Fifth Avenue invariably never stroll on it but walk one block east to Madison Avenue, where there are interesting shop windows and fashionable restaurants. On many a clear spring night you can see for a mile down Fifth Avenue with not a soul in sight, except maybe a jogger or dog walker headed for Central Park. Most people go from taxi or limousine to the protective shield of a building canopy and disappear into the lobby, the portals guarded by uniformed doormen who monitor the street from behind the wrought-iron filigree covering the thick glass front doors.

There are also a few formidable heavy wooden street-level doors along Fifth Avenue, some banded with metal. These are the entrances to one of the city's most luxurious residential treats, a maisonette, literally, a "small house" that is carved out of the larger building surrounding it. Maisonettes are usually triplexes, most with their own private gardens, and they can also be entered from the main building lobby, which is the way most owners prefer (for security purposes). Other doors lead to the many professional offices of a variety of doctors and dentists that populate street-level Fifth Avenue. If Fifth Avenue doctors are not necessarily the best in their specialties, they are at least the most financially successful in being able to pay the rent for their offices, sometimes as much as $35,000 a month for a suite of rooms facing Central Park. The avenue is particularly known for its corps of vanity physicians—dermatologists, cosmetic dentists, diet gurus, and plastic surgeons offering youth-restorative services. For over thirty years the superfine needles used by Dr. Norman Orentreich and his staff at 909 Fifth Avenue have been legendary fonts of wrinkle-filling collagen and Botox injections that smooth out the worry lines of troubled clients such as Elizabeth Taylor. At 1009 Fifth Avenue plastic surgeon Dr. Gerald Imber prefers to start nipping and tucking clients while they're still in their late thirties, so instead of their getting dramatic middle-age overhauls and looking pulled tight, he simply arranges it so that over the decades his patients maintain their youthful visage. One of Fifth Avenue's largest maisonettes, a fifteen-room triplex at 817 Fifth with forty feet of frontage facing the park, was for many years the home and office of Dr. Howard Diamond, the grand master of rhinoplasty in New York in the 1960s and 1970s. Thousands of princesses from all five boroughs and New Jersey made the pilgrimage to Dr. Diamond's subterranean operating rooms to sleep under anesthesia for a few hours and awaken with the doctor's famously all-purpose ski-slope nose with his distinctive planed bridge. The maisonette was bought by the late pediatrician and philanthropist Dr. Anne Dyson, who gutted it; installed new wiring, central air conditioning, and six phone lines; and put it on the market for $15 million.

Like every fashionable center of life, Fifth Avenue has had its share of white-collar scandal, but once the frisson of schadenfreude passes, manners and civility prevail and a brisk "howdyado?" (as Dominick Dunne captured the perfunctory greeting) is always offered in the elevator or lobby. The two impermissible breaches of conduct for a resident of a Fifth Avenue building are suicide and murder—either to be the victim or the perpetrator causes neighbors distress, although Ann Woodward's taking her own life at 1133 Fifth Avenue years after she accidentally shot her husband at their country estate gave the building more cachet than it ever had before. But there was no small feeling of satisfaction when Serge Rubinstein, the infamous crooked financier, was strangled to death in his art-filled town house at 814 Fifth Avenue, where, noted the newspapers, there were "nineteen pieces of furniture and fifteen paintings in the murder bedroom alone." Claus von Bülow had the good taste to sell his eighth-floor apartment at 960 Fifth Avenue after he was acquitted of attempting to murder his wife, Sunny, at his second trial, thereby depriving his neighbors of the pleasure of snubbing him in the lobby. At the time of his murder, Wall Street financier Ted Ammon was suing his neighbors at 1125 Fifth Avenue, including actor Kevin Kline, claiming he had lost an $8.5 million buyer for his tenth-floor apartment because of the co-op board's failure to give his buyer a board meeting in a timely manner. When Ammon was found bludgeoned to death at his Middle Lane mansion in East Hampton in October 2001, the attorneys for his estate dropped the lawsuit and the apartment was quickly and quietly sold for $10 million to a partner at Goldman Sachs.

Despite the persistent notion that Fifth Avenue is somehow not welcoming to Jews, there is at least one Jewish family in every building, although the majority dwell in the newer, post-World War II buildings that are easier to get into. Rich Jews first claimed the street in the late nineteenth century. Clothing manufacturer Isaac V. Brokaw assembled a family compound: a French Renaissance mansion with turrets for himself at Seventy-ninth Street and Fifth Avenue, twin houses next door for his two sons, and one for his daughter around the corner. Felix and Frieda Schiff Warburg's Gothic mansion at Ninety-second Street was so grand that it was turned into a museum housing the greatest collection of Judaica in the world. The banker and patron of the arts Otto Kahn, one of the most admired Jewish men of his time, built the last private house on Fifth Avenue in 1918; and to be different, he sheathed his 13,000-square-foot mansion in limestone imported from France. The present Temple Emanu-El, built in 1929 on East Sixty-fifth Street, is considered one of the richest Jewish temples in America, with more seats than Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and it stands on the exact spot where the apex of society once stood, the home of John Jacob Astor IV.

The avenue was also once the home of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations at 838 Fifth, a building whose interior has been gutted and transformed into luxury condominiums that start at $9 million (maids' rooms in the first-floor rear can be purchased separately for $500,000 each) by one of the street's most prominent Jewish residents, Alfred Taubman, the seventy-nine-year-old shopping-mall developer and former chairman of Sotheby's, who lives right next door at 834 Fifth Avenue. Taubman has left intact the commandment chiseled across the facade of the old Hebrew Congregations' building, "Love thy neighbor as thyself," which is pretty much what his neighbors at 834 did after he was incarcerated in a federal penitentiary for seven months for price-fixing between his company and the auction house Christie's. He returned home to his building without the least bit of diminution in his social standing.

Of course, the people at 834 Fifth, a building that rivals 820 for supremacy on the street, are getting used to high-profile hijinks. In 1991 one of the building's best-known highfliers, John Gutfreund, the so-called King of Wall Street, was forced to resign as the chief executive of Salomon Brothers because of his complicity in a Treasury bond scandal. Ten years before that, the building was in the spotlight because John DeLorean, the inventor of the gull-wing automobile that he named after himself, was arrested for laundering drug money so he could raise development funds for his car. DeLorean went bankrupt and was forced to sell his apartment—which was bought by one of the few people of color to own an apartment in a "Good Building" on Fifth Avenue, Reginald Lewis, an African American who was chairman of Beatrice Foods, and his Filipino-born wife, Loida.*

The most famous person of color who lived on Fifth Avenue, now moved away, was a longtime resident at 1158 Fifth—the actor Sidney Poitier. It was the broker Dolly Lenz of Douglas Elliman who brought Poitier to see the apartment in the WASPy building, booking the appointment using the maiden name of the actor's wife. Lenz's colleagues scoffed about Poitier's chances of getting into such a posh building, but the admired actor had letters of recommendation from Disney chairman Michael Eisner, television icon Bill Cosby, and actor Gregory Hines, and he was not only accepted by the board of the building without hesitation but was given as a gift a silver key chain on which to hang his new apartment key. Poitier became the best-known African American co-op owner on Fifth Avenue, but because his building was above Ninety-sixth Street, the real estate status line, Fifth Avenue aficionados don't think it counts.

The most highly discriminated-against group on Fifth Avenue is neither the Jews nor people of color, but those who toil in the fashion industry—"cloak and suitters," as they used be more politely called, or "garmentos," as they are now known. Although Fifth Avenue residents are in love with fashion and being fashionable, they don't want people who actually work in that business to live next door to them. There was only one really big name in fashion who lived on Fifth Avenue, and that was Ralph Lauren, who resided on one of the floors of the original fifty-four-room triplex built for Marjorie Merriweather Post at 1107 Fifth.

But Tommy Hilfiger was no Ralph Lauren.

Mr. Hilfiger had not revived fashion nostalgia for a more elegant era, nor did he use a polo player for a logo or sell cashmere deck chair throws for $2,700 at a boutique on Madison Avenue in the old Rhinelander mansion. Mr. Hilfiger was the designer and marketer behind a company that manufactured or licensed $2 billion a year in clothing and accessories for urban ghetto kids. Hilfiger's baggy-trouser trademark shape—one could hardly call it a silhouette—the kind that teens wore hung down low, so the crack of the buttocks showed, with the crotch around the knees, was like an urban teenage uniform. In school yards across America, a garment with Hilfiger's name and tricolored flag logo stitched on it was considered as haute a fashion accessory as a Hermès crocodile clutch on Fifth Avenue, yet it is safe to assume that there was not a soul who lived at 820 Fifth Avenue who had a single article of Tommy Hilfiger clothing hanging in his or her cedar-lined closets.

A few days after news of the sale, more details began to leak and it became clear that the formidable Alice Mason, the doyenne of all the carriage-trade brokers in the city, had had her hand in it. But even for Alice Mason, getting Hilfiger into 820 was quite a trick.


"THIS IS HOW I do it," Alice F. Mason said with the satisfied smile of a magician about to divulge the clever secret of her favorite illusion.

"I sit eight people here, and I have eight here, eight there, and eight here," she said, wending her way through the modest-size rooms of her apartment, pointing out assorted occasional tables. "Then I put this under here and take this out," she explained obscurely, gesturing to a sideboard. "That's sixteen, twenty-four"—she counted guests aloud—"and then twenty in here in the library"—she turned into a room almost bare except for the built-in banquettes under the windows—"well, it would be the library, but I don't have any books." She laughed.

Mason, a jowly seventy-two, was demonstrating how she would manage to seat sixty people at one of her black-tie dinner parties in her compact, eight-room flat on East Seventy-second Street. She was dressed to receive a visitor in a smart, tailored black Armani pantsuit and a big burst of expensive white costume jewelry around her neck, and Fluffy, her twelve-year-old white Pekingese, was tucked under her left arm, just like in the portrait of them on the wall of her living room. She loves showing people around her apartment because it has long been one of the little ironies of New York real estate arcanum that Mason, the esteemed broker who practically invented the modern carriage-trade end of the business, lives in a rent-stabilized apartment and pays only $1,500 a month for rent. What is more striking is that this "back-elevator" apartment, with its bleak view of Lexington Avenue, is legendary as one of the great salons of the city. Over the past thirty years the literary, political, and diplomatic elite of the time have converged on Mason's unpretentious digs to participate in dinners that are so mannered, they qualify as social kabuki—"Evenings that are like plays," she said. "Their aim was to give you a mental high that lasted for days."

She got the idea to give regular parties in the 1970s when the writer Norman Mailer, a friend, told her, "If I knew I was coming to your house for dinner the second Tuesday of each month, I could save myself four or five lousy dinners." Mason's parties always followed the same cast-iron mold. They were called for 8 P.M. and guests were expected to be prompt. Dress was formal. There was no such thing as being fashionably late, although sometimes there would be a crush in the small elevator. She would greet her guests, usually dressed in a gown by James Galanos, standing just inside a small, laquered red entrance foyer whose walls are tiled with mirrors. Her daughter, Dominique, forty-four, who began assisting her mother with her parties when she was fifteen years old, would stand nearby, handing out place cards and table seatings, although there would be a small chart on the wall for backup. Mason would urge her guests into her simply decorated living room of Louis XIV-style furniture and a fake ficus tree for an hour of hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and chatter until, precisely at 9:00 P.M., in a busy scurry of waiters and waitresses, a transformation occured. The rooms would be disassembled, the fold-out tables opened, linen and place settings would appear, the library be reconfigured, and voilà, dinner for sixty, catered by Daniel Boulud, the latest chef de la maison.

There were always sixty; thirty men and thirty women, and Mason did not feel obligated to invite husbands with wives (or vice versa) if one of them was boring. ("I try for fifty-six people who are interesting," she once confided to New York magazine about her standards, "and four who are boring.") When Richard Ivor, the British ambassador to the United Nations, asked if he could bring his wife, Mason told him, "Tell her it's a working dinner." Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer were one of the few married couples invited together—others were Norman Mailer and Norris Church, Betsy and Walter Cronkite, and Barry Diller and Diane Von Furstenberg, but they were separated at dinner at different tables in different rooms. Twice in the course of Mason's dinner parties, guests fell in love. Louise Melhado and editor in chief of Time Inc. Henry Grunwald, who married in 1987, met at a Mason dinner party, as did Francesca Stanfill and Peter Tufo, former managing director of investment banking at Merrill Lynch & Co. and the U.S. ambassador to Hungary.

Dinner guests were seated in tight groups of six or eight around tables so small that each guest could have only one glass and one plate in front of him or her at a time, and wineglasses needed to be removed with each course as a new wine was introduced. In this deliberately intimate setting guests were expected to share one topic of conversation among the table and not engage in private discourse with the person to their right or left, contrary to custom. "It's not like a bon-mot thing," Mason once explained, "where one wit is trying to outwit the other." It was also understood that one person held the floor at a time, and at each table an unofficial monitor, or "host," usually a regular such as Gloria Steinem or Helen Gurley Brown, enforced the rules. The tables might be small but the conversation never was, especially when the knee-to-knee guests included Dominick Dunne, Steve Kroft, Carl Bernstein, Peter Jennings, Arianna Huffington, Alan Greenspan, and Barbara Walters. There were never any movie stars—save for Woody Allen, who in later years was allowed to bring his young bride, Soon-Yi. Mason wanted stimulating conversation, not pretty faces. Sometimes, but rarely, the events were fund-raisers for her favorite Democratic Party candidates, including Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, whose framed photographs with her are displayed on tables throughout the apartment.

She always tried to arrange unusual and hopefully productive pairings at the same table. She has seated representatives of Yasser Arafat with such prominent New York Jews as Loews Corporation magnate Laurence Tisch and New York Daily News publisher Mortimer Zuckerman, whereby they were able to have an unusually free exchange of ideas in a collegial atmosphere. There was an unspoken rule that political conversation must not get too heated, which is why one night columnist Sidney Zion had to pop up several times from his table at a Mason party (this one held off-premises at Regine's) to cool down. When author Dotson Rader broke protocol and wandered from room to room, Mason was so piqued that she announced he would never be invited back. (Mason herself is not the easiest dinner guest. W magazine reported that she sat "stone silent" during a Park Avenue dinner party because she was miffed about being seated at a B table. She let herself out the back door without saying good night to the hosts. "I know the way out," she was quoted as saying, "I sold them the apartment.")

Dinner would be over at 10:45 P.M. and the guests were expected to leave the way they arrived—promptly, except for one night in 2003, when the Iraqi invasion was about to begin, Bill Clinton discoursed until nearly 1 A.M. and held the crowd "mesmerized," Mason said.

The net effect of the parties was that Mason became one of the city's most unusual power brokers, a combination Elsa Maxwell-Pearl Mesta cum political operative who raised millions of dollars for Carter and Clinton. The press lapped her up and she reigned in the 1980s. ALICE IN POWERLAND, W called her in a big spread; ALICE MASON'S BIG DEAL DINNERS, her feature in New York magazine was titled; and she was the MASON DU JOUR, in Manhattan, Inc. The publicity generated a powerful halo effect; her well-heeled guests and their friends thought of her first when they wanted to buy or sell, such as Woody Allen, whose town house Mason sold for $27 million. While some brokerage houses half Mason's size spent as much as $50,000 a month to advertise, she rarely had to place a paid ad in a newspaper. The publicity about her parties made them legitimate tax-deductible write-offs—at around $15,000 each back then, a real bargain.

But the parties were hardly just a marketing tool; they were also an affair of the heart. Mason had been giving dinner parties long before Norman Mailer suggested she hold them on a regular basis. Mason started entertaining at home in the late 1950s, when she first got into the real estate business. She grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia; her mother was a Cuban American from New York, her father a Chestnut Hill dentist, and she attended Colby College in Maine. Although the details of her background have been disputed in gossip columns and magazines, the small mysteries of her past only enhance her mystique. She is thrice divorced—the first a six-month marriage to a distant cousin in 1952 with whom she shared her maiden name of Mason—and she is not inclined to talk about any of her husbands. She finds the whole subject of marriage "a very boring thing." Boring is a key word in Mason's vocabulary and her psychology. "You only have so much energy," she once told a reporter, "and I don't want to put mine into marriage. Also, I loathe companionship. I get bored so easily with that. . . ."

"In a way, the dinner parties are like romances for her," said her daughter, Dominique, who runs the company, Alice F. Mason Ltd., from their small, crowded offices on Madison Avenue, big enough for only a dozen or so desks. Dominique is the daughter of Mason's second husband of four years, Francis Richard, a director of the Berlitz School whom she married in 1957. "You plan the dinner parties and you write them down," Dominique said, "and you rework the seating and you call everybody and see if they're going to come, so it was like replacing a romantic factor in her life, and they had all the aspects of a romance." Even in Mason's freshman days in the real estate business with a small firm called Gladys Mills, handling mostly rentals or town house sales, Mason invited her clients to dinner at her apartment—then a one-bedroom on the Upper East Side. The guests, who included Marilyn Monroe, for whom she arranged a sublet at 2 Beekman Place, and Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt Jr., were forced to eat their dinner from trays while sitting on Mason's bed.

Mason was thrilled that she had Alfred Vanderbilt as a client; he had recently divorced his wife, whom he left behind at 820 Fifth Avenue, which was then a rental, and he needed his own place. "I thought, 'Finally I have a great client,'" Mason said, settling into a French-style upholstered sofa in her living room, "and I'll be able to get him into one of the good co-op buildings. Then I discovered that he wasn't in the Social Register, for some reason or other, and a lot of better buildings wouldn't consider him."


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Jun 1, 2005
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288 pages

Steven Gaines

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Steven Gaines has written many books, including Obsession: The Life and Times of Calvin Klein and, as coauthor, The Love You Make: An Insider’s Story of the Beatles.

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