The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins ReidThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel

byTaylor Jenkins Reid

Hardcover | June 13, 2017

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“Riveting, heart-wrenching, and full of Old Hollywood glamour, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is one of the most captivating reads of 2017.” —BuzzFeed

“The epic adventures Evelyn creates over the course of a lifetime will leave every reader mesmerized. This wildly addictive journey of a reclusive Hollywood starlet and her tumultuous Tinseltown journey comes with unexpected twists and the most satisfying of drama.” —PopSugar

In this entrancing novel “that speaks to the Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in us all” (Kirkus Reviews), a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

“Heartbreaking, yet beautiful” (Jamie Blynn, Us Weekly), The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is “Tinseltown drama at its finest” (Redbook): a mesmerizing journey through the splendor of old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it costs—to face the truth.
Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author, essayist, and TV writer. Her debut novel, Forever, Interrupted, has been optioned with Dakota Johnson attached to star. She is adapting her second book, After I Do, for ABC Family. Her most recent novel, Maybe In Another Life has become a best-selling e-book. In addition to her novels, Taylor's essays ...
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Title:The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:June 13, 2017Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cannot recommend enough! Right off the bat: I cannot recommend this book enough! I loved the narrative, the characters, how much it drew me in and made me feel – I was captivated. The story begins not with Evelyn Hugo but with Monique Grant, a writer whose career isn’t exactly taking off and whose life is misdirected in the midst of her divorce. Then Evelyn Hugo, a Hollywood icon with a story to tell, specifically requests Monique to write her biography, leaving Monique more than a little confused. Why her? Why now? Needless to say, she puts all questions aside and agrees to write the piece she is sure will launch career. Monique begins meeting Evelyn at her home and Evelyn does not spare any of the details of her life – the secrets, the scandal, the intimacy, and every complexity in between. Monique begins to develop an understanding of the Hollywood starlet and her unique way of living life. The bond that forms between them is complex and interesting and continues to build until a surprise twist towards the end of the novel that leaves Monique unsure how to feel about Evelyn and the secrets she has kept. Throughout it all, you learn about the loves of Evelyn’s life, you get drawn into their lives, their emotions, the struggles they face in the spotlight (and out of it); you begin to absolutely loathe or adore each of these characters for what they bring to Evelyn’s life and you feel you are right there with them, living it all. This novel opens the door wide up on Evelyn Hugo’s fascinating life – the stardom, the sexuality, the power. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and above all it will leave you wanting more.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! By far one of the best novels by this author, it was intriguing, heartwarming and the twist at the end left me shocked! Loved the story line and how the author tied everything together!
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just Okay This book was one of those novels that I've read in which I don't have a strong reaction either way. It wasn't great, but it wasn't awful either.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story! This is my favourite book by this author - so much emotion and touching on a subject that you feel would be over done - but she has managed to give it a whole new spin with a main character that is just phenomenal! the book touches on the pursuit of happiness and what women feel they need to be in order to be seen as successful and often how they are forced to reevaluate what they thought they knew. It's an easy read - not too demanding, but the love affair is so sweet and emotionally charged. Loved it!!!
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing read! Loved it from start to finnish!
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm officially a fan I think this is my 4th book by this author that I've really enjoyed. Well written, easy to read, and easy to get connected to the story.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well Written but Just OK I've loved all books from this author and this was the first one I found was just ok. The concept is interesting but I'm not sure it was executed in the most exciting way. I found it drawn out and a little hard to stay interested. If it wasn't for the author alluding to the twist ending I would have put it down. Still an enjoyable read!
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from rad Such a simple yet inspirational little book...
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing This story is about a woman who has loved, found, lost, and struggled until she has fully accepted herself and opens up to the world. The main theme of this book is something you could never possibly tell by its title. This book is about love, about pursuit of happiness, and about a human right that we still seem to be struggling with to accept completely (well in some countries and in some people’s minds). This book contains so much emotions that it took me several days to consume and think what I should write about after I had finished it.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable read Taylor Jenkins Reid brings Evelyn to life in a way that made it quite easy to forget that this was fiction.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just alright, nothing special I believed the hype about this book and purchased it right away. It was OKAY, it wasn't great. Though the story was interesting and held my attention once it got started, I found all the twists and turns too melodramatic. Almost like a soap opera - and I HATE soap operas. Also, I didn't particularly like any of the main characters in this book so I had a hard time really caring about what happened to them.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love Taylor I have read all her books and love them all for different reasons! She always makes you fall in love with all the characters that you almost feel like you know them:) I have to say tho this was my least fave of them all, I found it a little bit less emotional still a great read tho. However if you did enjoy this book and have not read any of her others I suggest you do!
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Taylor Jenkins Reid is a fantastic writer. This book really lets you see into the life of a hollywood icon. Its thoughtful, well written, and keeps you guessing throughout.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Exciting and fast paced book.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read An easy, good read. Enjoy this author's writing and books
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good beach read light and 'fluffy', a good book to read on the beach when you want to zone out
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read I found this a bit different from her other novels. A little less fluffy, a little more mature. Interesting characters. I still read it in a weekend. Highly recommend for a beach-y read that's a little more interesting.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable and compelling Extremely well written novel
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating! I've never read TJR before but am thoroughly impressed. This book was utterly captivating. To be honest, there is not more that I can add to the reviews that have come before mine. I wasn't sure what to expect with this story and a friend highly recommended it. As I was in need of a really good book, I was pleasantly surprised to find how enjoyable and compelling this story was. It was extremely well written, capturing the flawed persona that was Evelyn Hugo. Sometimes you liked her and sometimes you didn't. But either way...she made you feel. A definite read if you want a novel with substance to it.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it awesome read, highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A captivating novel Right off the bat: I cannot recommend this book enough! I loved the narrative, the characters, how much it drew me in and made me feel – I was captivated. The story begins not with Evelyn Hugo but with Monique Grant, a writer whose career isn’t exactly taking off and whose life is misdirected in the midst of her divorce. Then Evelyn Hugo, a Hollywood icon with a story to tell, specifically requests Monique to write her biography, leaving Monique more than a little confused. Why her? Why now? Needless to say, she puts all questions aside and agrees to write the piece she is sure will launch career. Monique begins meeting Evelyn at her home and Evelyn does not spare any of the details of her life – the secrets, the scandal, the intimacy, and every complexity in between. Monique begins to develop an understanding of the Hollywood starlet and her unique way of living life. The bond that forms between them is complex and interesting and continues to build until a surprise twist towards the end of the novel that leaves Monique unsure how to feel about Evelyn and the secrets she has kept. Throughout it all, you learn about the loves of Evelyn’s life, you get drawn into their lives, their emotions, the struggles they face in the spotlight (and out of it); you begin to absolutely loathe or adore each of these characters for what they bring to Evelyn’s life and you feel you are right there with them, living it all. This novel opens the door wide up on Evelyn Hugo’s fascinating life – the stardom, the sexuality, the power. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and above all it will leave you wanting more.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A unique, feminist take on celebrity and the Hollywood diva Most of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books are about love – romantic and otherwise. They feature contemporary characters, people who might be your best friend or your sister or your uncle. They’re people you could be friends with, or friendly with, and good people you unquestioningly feel for. This one is different. While it still includes TJR’s trademark wisdom, directness, and honesty, the characters and themes make this book stand out from the rest of her oeuvre. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is about an unapologetically strong, fierce, feminist of a main character. Someone who could be deemed unlikeable, someone definitely not shy, polite, or ready to just take things as they are. Let me backtrack. As the synopsis indicates, writer Monique Grant is unexpectedly given the opportunity to write the tell-all memoir of Hollywood legend Evelyn Hugo. It’s the chance of a lifetime, but Monique’s not sure why it’s her chance. Still, the offer is too good to turn down. The novel alternates between scenes of Monique interviewing Evelyn and Monique’s own emotional history, but largely looks at Evelyn’s life, upbringing, and eventual stardom with her husbands as benchmarks. You’ll quickly realize is that as much emphasis as the title (and in some ways, the world of the novel) places on Evelyn’s marriages, it’s not about the husbands at all. It’s about Evelyn – her desperation in poverty, her recognition of her own beauty and sexuality, and her understanding of how to use those gifts to her advantage. What TJR has done with Evelyn Hugo is present a character who is unabashedly strong. There is no one like Evelyn Hugo in any of her previous books. No one who could be seen as both hero and villain, and no one as publicly vilified and vindicated at every turn. Every action that Evelyn makes throughout the novel has subtext. It’s these layers that make her such an extraordinary character. For someone who has read almost all of TJR’s work, it’s a surprise. It feels a little jarring at first, because you’re not going to love these characters like your friends. And yet, it’s a departure that is completely understandable given the state of politics in the US. Add to that the fact that Taylor just had a daughter, and the dedication of the book makes perfect sense. TJR tells her daughter to “smash the patriarchy.” To me, there’s no doubt that Taylor did that with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. To say more about the plot would rob you of some of the surprises – and you need them. In fact, to me, the only part of this book that kept me from absolutely loving it was that the plot occasionally felt a little predictable. It’s like when you watch any kind of biopic of a performer – there are always moments that you can see coming, but you know they have to happen, even if it is a little cliche. In Evelyn Hugo, that felt especially true at the end. The good thing is that despite the occasional predictability, and the fact that this book is a complete departure for TJR, it’s still a TJR book. It still has Taylor’s amazing secondary characters, incredible friendships, and moments of wisdom that make you nod and cry and highlight. BONUSES: Feminism: If you only read this section of my reviews (I know some of you do, and that’s totally cool!), just know that this is probably one of the most feminist books I’ll read this year. It’s full on #feminist #bossbabe #bitchesgetthingsdone Diversity: I really can’t give too many bonuses without giving things away, so I’m going to be vague and just say that there’s diversity in everything here – from race and ethnicity to sexual orientation. It’s hard finding fun books that do this well, so I applaud TJR for this. THE FINAL WORD: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid is both a quick and complicated read. You could take it to the beach because of the Hollywood aspect, but you’ll come back with a surprisingly bold idea of what can and should be done for women, for people of colour, and for people who identify as queer. While it’s a departure from Taylor Jenkins Reid’s other works, it nonetheless includes her unapologetically emotional prose, her very human exploration of relationships, and her direct wisdom that speaks to something fundamental in your heart. A worthwhile summer read.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm a TJR Insta-Fan After This Book! *I received an advance copy of this book from Simon&Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review* this does not affect my opinion.* Raise your hand if you've ever been in a reading slump. *raises my hand* And raise your hand if you have a very particular remedy that can maybe get you out of that slump. *raises hand again* Moving and unpacking last month threw me into a huge slump for everything that wasn't work, pretending to unpack, and napping. The fix for one of my reading slumps is almost exclusively graphic novels or a middle grade read. Alas, June snuck up on me and even though I wasn't out of my slump I had to start reading Evelyn. Imagine my surprise when all of a sudden I wanted to forestales every responsibility in favour of reading this book! MY SLUMP WAS BUSTED BY ADULT FICTION AND UNICORNS ARE REAL! I knew right from the beginning that I was going to LOVE this book. The writing is so incredibly captivating that you can't help but want more. It felt so real, as if I could feasibly be the one interviewing this mega Hollywood star but also super lush and out of reach at the same time. It was as if I was reading a movie. Taylor Jenkins Reid also did an incredible job of bribing the characters to life. I spent the entire book fighting the urge to go Google Evelyn Hugo because she was so compelling that I was positive she must be a real person. Even the secondary characters that appear in the stories of her early life felt like people I wanted to be able to look up pictures of. I wanted to go on Netflix and binge watch movies featuring Evelyn and her cohorts...all the time. I also loved Monique and all her flaws, ideals, and fierce ambition. She was a great person to place opposite Evelyn and her story arc was also captivating. Now the story itself was another stunning part of this read. It was full of the glitz and glamour one would expect from a tale of Hollywood but it also highlighted the underhanded side of life among the Stars. It wasn't an action book but it felt like the pace never slowed. I constantly wanted to find more and all the new info on Evelyn's life was like being on a roller coaster. You never knew what was going to happen or who was going to do what as part of a meticulous, calculated plan. It was intriguing, heartbreaking, and clever. Although a very flawed character, Evelyn also provides some very strong feminist messages. At one point she discusses the idea of women owning their sexuality and engaging in sexual activities for the purpose of their own pleasure versus it being merely a means to the end of keeping a male in their life satisfied. She's unapologetic about using men as they would and do use her. Although a slightly flawed and problematic approach, this is Evelyn attempting to level a playing field which is heavily not in her favour for many reasons. She is such a fierce and ambitious woman who shows us all that it's okay to want things and to try to actually get those things.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from INCREDIBLE BOOK! I just finished this book and I want to start it again and read it all over again! INCREDIBLE BOOK. What a formidable character Evelyn Hugo. The story unfolds beautifully and the end is both sad and satisfying. When I say I read this book, I actually devoured it in two nights. Recommending it to everyone I know. Strong female characters written with an authentic and unique voice. The back and forth to present day isn't disruptive; if anything, it's more like a breath of fresh air to pause on the tension and emotional rollercoaster of the narrative. Do yourself a favour, get a drink and read this book and just enjoy it.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique and compelling Having read all of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books, I know one thing for sure: when you read one of her books, you can expect the unexpected. Going into The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, I knew absolutely nothing about the story. I didn’t care. From the time I finished TJR's debut, Forever, Interrupted, she’s had a spot on my auto-read list, so it didn’t really matter what her latest book was about, because I knew I’d likely devour it and love it, and I was right. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a story about love, friendship, secrets, loss, and doing whatever is necessary to survive and succeed. It takes place from the 1950s until present day, alternating between modern day, with Monique’s story, and spanning through the decades with Evelyn’s story about her humble beginnings through her success as a Hollywood star. Evelyn was an incredibly complex character. She was deeply flawed, but she was refreshingly aware of those flaws - in fact, she’d be the first to point them out. She was ruthless at times, and she knew it. She did whatever it took to rise to the top - used people, hurt people, told lies. She was criticized for the things men often do that no one thinks twice about, and she was shameless in that. She used her body and her sex appeal to get what she wanted. She did whatever it took to get ahead, to keep her secrets, to live the life she wanted. Her strength and her vulnerability made me truly feel for her. This story really makes you think about Hollywood and how things are handled. I loved the addition of the tabloid articles every few chapters. You’d see things from Evelyn’s perspective as they happened and then get the media’s skewed version, almost always more salacious. There’s so much speculation and out-and-out lies told about celebrities, and this book really showcased that. It was sad that Evelyn had to be careful who she trusted, but it was also fascinating how she learned to spin the press to her own advantage on many occasions. I’m not the type to believe anything in tabloids (I don’t actually read them, but I’ve made a game out of reading the ludicrous headlines in a scandalized voice while waiting in line at the grocery store - as you do), but I do see occasional celebrity gossip/news online, and it makes me wonder about some of the things I’ve read and heard about my favourite celebrities. It’ll definitely make me stop and think about certain things I hear from now on. SPOILERS AHEAD DEALING WITH THE ROMANCE IN THE BOOK Before I read this book, I saw several people shelve it under LGBTQ+ on GoodReads, and I was curious. I thought maybe Evelyn had kissed a woman or even had sex with a woman, or that maybe one of her husbands was gay, hence the LGBTQ+ shelving. So I was shocked - pleasantly so - to discover Evelyn Hugo was bisexual. As a bisexual woman myself, I think the storyline was handled well, and I was impressed and pleased with how TJR captured the complexities and nuances of sexuality, and the fact it’s not black and white (as Evelyn once said Celia saw it, depending on whether she loved or hated Evelyn). It was heartbreaking and eye-opening to see how Evelyn and Celia had to hide their relationship for fear it would ruin their careers or possibly even put them in danger. I rooted for them, laughed with them, cried with them. Their relationship was tumultuous, frustrating, passionate, full of heartache and joy, and was ultimately so beautiful and meaningful. I was glad that in the end, Evelyn wanted people to know her true self and who her one true love was. /END SPOILERS Words can’t do justice to how impressed I am with Taylor Jenkins Reid’s storytelling abilities. Once again, with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, she has blown me away. This is an emotional story with characters that leap off the pages. If you’re looking for a unique, fast-paced, compelling story with plenty of twists, I highly recommend The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOE I've read one other book of Taylor Jenkins Reid and I loved it just as much as this. Her writing is absolutely worthy of praise. She brings characters to life. Forms and moulds them into realistic characters that you want to befriend and even root for. Namely Evelyn Hugo, with the looks and figure of Marilyn Monroe with the mysterious life of Elizabeth Taylor, this is the character I imagined her to be. But her honest and in depth life was portrayed so beautifully, I couldn't help but cry by the end of the book. Evelyn is the most ambitious and tenacious character I have read lately. She's anything but perfect, and I love how Reid portrayed her. She is wholly vulnerable and strong all at the same time. I think most people reading this will either love or hate her. Maybe even a bit of both. And all the other characters? They hold no candle to what was really going on. There's something I can't talk about because it's a major spoiler but I'm sure anyone can agree the romance is passionate and wild and uninhibited. I loved every single bit of it. All these characters have no shame. They don't apologize for being exactly who they are, and I found it so new and refreshing. The only parts that bothered me was how she uses men. I know she would do anything and everything to rise to the top, but it also felt very wrong and unequal for her character to do that. But what do I know? It was set in earlier times. And for a character to be so modern thinking in an era of time that wasn't? Well it felt off. I loved reading about how fake everything in Hollywood really was. How everything was controlled by these characters to spin a story. Can't help but think that they do this in our own society every day. This was one emotional roller coaster that I couldn't stop reading! It also pulled me out of my 26 day reading slump! Grab this one if you're looking for a quick read that will have your heart being pulled (or twisted) into different directions. I'm such a fan of Taylor's writing now, and I need to read all her previous novels.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compelling story by an amazing author! The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a standalone novel. I would probably categorize it as Women's Fiction. I really enjoyed Maybe In Another Life and One True Loves (also by Taylor Jenkins Reid). So for that reason The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was one of my most anticipated books of 2017. I enjoyed this book. There are no chapter numbers. But some of the chapters feature newspaper headlines and stories. I really enjoyed this aspect of the book and thought that it was a clever thing for the author to do. The story is really Evelyn's story. Evelyn Hugo is 79 years old. She is a famous actress and has been married 7 times. However, the narrator is 35 year old Monique. Evelyn invites Monique (who is an unknown journalist) to interview her. Monique works for Vivant magazine and lives in NYC. I was very surprised with the format of this story. I just assumed that Evelyn Hugo would be the narrator and that we would get her story from the beginning. However instead we have chapters in the present (where Evelyn is talking to Monique) from Monique's POV. But we also have Evelyn's story from the beginning, through all of her marriages. I was not sure if this method of storytelling would work for me. But Evelyn's story is very interesting. So even though we know certain things about her in advance (that she will become super famous, or that she will have 7 husbands and they will die/or she will divorce them)... it is still very captivating. I was not expecting the story to be told this way. I definitely prefer to read a story set in the present. But hardly any of the book is told in the present. It is Evelyn telling her story to Monique. What I really wanted to know right from the start was why Evelyn chose Monique. At a certain point in the book it became clear that Monique was upset with Evelyn (due to the author forewarning us). I was extremely anxious to find out what had happened. Usually I hate forewarning at the end of chapters. But I loved it in this book. There was an interesting reveal that I really should have figured out (there were clues). But I didn't overthink the book and I actually had no idea when it came. I love when that happens! The book actually brings up a lot of interesting issues. I would recommend going into the book blind or almost blind. I was very happy that I didn't know too much about the story before I started because I often find the book blurbs can give away too much and it can partially spoil the big reveals. I didn't think that I would enjoy this book as much as I did since I don't usually connect with books where much of the story takes place in the past. But Evelyn's story was fascinating. I would have liked to connect a bit more with Monique. If she is the narrator then I want to know more about her. In many ways it is really not her story at all. Overall this was a very compelling book. And the end is crazy! If you've enjoyed this author's previous books or even if you've just been curious about them... this is a must read. Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me with a copy of this book.
Date published: 2017-06-06

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo NEW YORK TRIBUNE Evelyn Hugo to Auction Off Gowns BY PRIYA AMRIT MARCH 2, 2017 Film legend and ’60s It Girl Evelyn Hugo has just announced that she will auction off 12 of her most memorable gowns through Christie’s to raise money for breast cancer research. At the age of 79, Hugo has long been an icon of glamour and elegance. She is known for a personal style both sensual and restrained, and many of Hugo’s most famous looks are considered touchstones of the fashion and Hollywood archives. Those looking to own a piece of Hugo history will be intrigued not only by the gowns themselves but also by the context in which they were worn. Included in the sale will be the emerald-green Miranda La Conda that Hugo wore to the 1959 Academy Awards, the violet soufflé and organdy scoop-neck she donned at the premiere of Anna Karenina in 1962, and the navy-blue silk Michael Maddax that she was wearing in 1982 when she won her Oscar for All for Us. Hugo has weathered her share of Hollywood scandals, not the least of which being her seven marriages, including her decades-long relationship with film producer Harry Cameron. The two Hollywood insiders shared a daughter, Connor Cameron, who is no doubt the influence for the auction. Ms. Cameron passed away last year from breast cancer soon after turning 41. Born Evelyn Elena Herrera in 1938, the daughter of Cuban immigrants, Hugo grew up in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. By 1955, she had made her way to Hollywood, gone blond, and been rechristened Evelyn Hugo. Almost overnight, Hugo became a member of the Hollywood elite. She remained in the spotlight for more than three decades before retiring in the late ’80s and marrying financier Robert Jamison, older brother of three-time Oscar-winning actress Celia St. James. Now widowed from her seventh husband, Hugo resides in Manhattan. Preternaturally beautiful and a paragon of glamour and daring sexuality, Hugo has long been a source of fascination for moviegoers the world over. This auction is expected to raise upward of $2 million.

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