Class Act: William Haines: Legendary Hollywood Decorator by Peter Schifando and Jean H. Mathison

SKU: Class Act

William Haines came to Hollywood after winning a new talent contest in 1922. He appeared in over twenty films as a leading man to famous stars, including Joan Crawford, Marion Davies, and Constance Bennett. As Haines’ film career ended, his self-taught skills as a decorator flourished, and many of his costars became his first clients. Later in his career, he courted political figures like Walter and Lee Annenberg, and business leaders like Alfred and Betsy Bloomingdale. After Haines’ death in 1973, his associate and heir-apparent, Ted Graber, took over the firm, and from 1981 to 1989 was in charge of one of its most important commissions, the decoration of the private residence at the White House for President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy. Class Act William Haines: Legendary Hollywood Decorator is the first monograph of Haines’ legendary 40-year design career, and offers a rare glimpse into the private lives of his Hollywood clientele. Over 300 photographs (both vintage and new), drawings, and personal mementos present a comprehensive view of his major design projects.

  • Size: 11" X 11.8"
  • Pages: 228
  • Cover Info: Hardcover with jacket
  • Author: Peter Schifando and Jean H. Mathison


Peter Schifando, a longtime associate of Ted Graber’s, and Jean H. Mathison, assistant to both Haines and Graber for 30 years, have opened their private collections to reveal Haines’ fabulous interiors and furniture designs, including the famous Hostess and Elbow chair that are much copied today. This book is a primary source for decorators, furniture designers, and everyone interested in the unique career of one of the 20th century’s most daring and creative personalities.


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Designer: Pointed Leaf Press
Product Type: coffee table books
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