Rubbing Shoulders: My Life with Popes, Princes, Moguls, and Movie Stars by Marc Rosen


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Foreword by Pamela Fiori

From Marc Rosen comes a wise and witty memoir of an extraordinary life lived to its fullest, among a dazzling social set. Written in a series of poignant vignettes, Rosen is an astute observer of his environment and always has a wonderful sense of humor while viewing the world through rose-colored glasses.

Over the course of his colorful and accomplished career Rosen has had the good fortune to “rub shoulders” with everyone, including: Princess Grace, Bruce Weber, Bette Davis, Tom Hanks, Karl Lagerfeld, and even a Pope. Shoulders become a delightful motif throughout the book; “Padded Shoulders” represent Joan Crawford; “Wet Shoulders” denote Esther Williams; while “Technicolor Shoulders” represent his wife of over thirty years, the actress Arlene Dahl. Some of the other famous “shoulders” in this poignant memoir include Julio Igelsias, Imelda Marcos, Charles Revson, Elsie de Wolfe, Michael Feinstein and Joan Rivers.

Best-known for his award-winning fragrance, cosmetic, and fashion packaging, Marc Rosen shares in this delightful reminiscence of compulsively readable stories his encounters with great talents, extraordinary beauties, and fascinating personalities.

Experiencing it all with an open mind and eager heart, his amusing recollections offer a touching, sometimes dishy, and always immensely enjoyable behind-the-scenes look at glamorous people at their fabulous best and, sometimes, their not-so dignified moments as well. One frightening and remarkable story recalls a time when Rosen’s stepson Lorenzo Lamas was almost running out of gas on his private plane during a trip to Key West. Another wild moment recalls a time when Joan Rivers jumped behind a bar and hosed Rosen down with club soda to eliminate a red wine stain. As Rosen states in Rubbing Shoulders “Happenstance is a daily occurrence. Be open to it, recognize it, and savor it. You won’t be disappointed.”

ISBN: 978-1-943876-01-3 
224 pages, 5 ¾ x 8 ¼ ", cloth-covered hardcover with foil jacket



Marc Rosen