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Arden, Elizabeth (1881-1966)  
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Perhaps even more intriguing was the fate of Lakeside Farm. In her will Marbury requested that it be turned into a home for working women, but her friends failed to see the plan through. In frustration, Arden purchased the property with the intention of overseeing the project herself, but in the end she combined Lakeside Farm with Maine Chance and made it into the first of many luxury resorts where patrons paid top dollar to enjoy a full range of dietary, exercise, and beauty regimens.

Although she held two Democratic fundraisers at Maine Chance in the immediate aftermath of Marbury's death, in 1936 she returned to the Republican Party. According to a recent biography, during the 1952 Presidential race she told her guests "you can't vote for [Democrat Adlai] Stevenson, the man's a queer!"

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Arden finally divorced Lewis in December of 1933. There is no evidence to suggest that she maintained any connection with Marbury's network of friends. She was later known to be involved with a married executive from Hearst, a leading publisher of magazines, and in 1942 she married Michael Evanloff. They were divorced 11 months later.

Arden died October 18, 1966 of complications following a stroke and pneumonia. Despite an outstanding tax bill of $35 million dollars, she died an extremely wealthy woman. In 1970, Eli Lilly bought Elizabeth Arden for $38.5 million.

Elise Chenier

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Woodhead, Lindy. War Paint: Madame Helena Rubinstein and Miss Elizabeth Arden. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2003.


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    Author: Chenier, Elise  
    Entry Title: Arden, Elizabeth  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
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