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Deborah Davis



American writer Deborah Davis is the author of Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X, inspiration for Christopher Wheeldon’s one-act ballet for The Royal Ballet, Strapless.

Davis originally worked in film, as an executive, story editor and story analyst for companies including Warner Bros., Columbia TriStar, Disney and Miramax.

Davis wrote her first book, Strapless (Penguin), in 2003. It went on to become a bestseller. Subsequent works include Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and His Black and White Ball (John Wiley and Sons, 2006), The Secret Lives of Frames (Filipacchi Publishing, 2007), Gilded: How Newport Became America’s Richest Resort (John Wiley and Sons, 2009), The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy (Abrams, 2011), Guest of Honour: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner that Shocked a Nation (Atria Books, 2012), Fabritius and the Goldfinch: A True Story of Art, Tragedy and Immortality (Amazon, 2014) and The Trip: Andy Warhol’s Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure (Atria Books, 2015).

Photograph © Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.

News and features

Ballet Essentials: After the Rain / Strapless / Within the Golden Hour

10 February 2016
Ballet Essentials: <em>After the Rain</em> / <em>Strapless</em> / <em>Within the Golden Hour</em>

Our quick introduction to The Royal Ballet’s mixed programme celebrating choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.

Posts by Deborah Davis

The real Madame X: the true story that inspired Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet Strapless

16 May 2017
The real Madame X: the true story that inspired Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet <em>Strapless</em>

The scandal around John Singer Sargent's portrait of society beauty Amélie Gautreau ruined her reputation forever.