According to a reputed news agency, a new film will depict a fascinating and amusing postscript to the Socialite Era.
According to Hulu’s newest documentary “Queenmaker,” James Kurisunkal, the Illinois teen who in the 2000s covered socialites like Tinsley Mortimer from his bedroom and became an unlikely mover and shaker in Manhattan, is now residing as Morgan Olivia Rose, a stunning, glamorous woman resembling Ms. Mortimer,When Mortimer, Olivia Palermo, Lauren Santo Domingo, and other celebrities were not only taking over the gossip pages but also blogs like Socialite Rank, Morgan established “Park Avenue Peerage” under an assumed name.
When it was revealed that a high school student from the Midwest had written the insider account of Uptown ephemera, it became popular and raised some controversy. He received an internship at New York magazine as a result, and the New York Times interviewed him about it. At the time, the New York Times called the website “a compendium of party pictures, society updates, and, once in a while, family histories he put together mostly by culling wedding and death announcements.”
Bible of gossip
The documentary, which debuted on Wednesday and was based on a section of Ben Widdicombe’s biography “Gatecrasher,” which is considered to be the bible of gossip, depicts Rose’s often frightening later years, including her transition. “Now that I’m older, I see how two different people existed,” she says in the movie, “one that was James, and one that was me.” She further explains, “Just took some time, and some pain.” “For New Yorkers, I think this frothy moment [in the mid-2000s] is related to the trauma of post 9/11, and how desperate people were to have something fun and uncomplicated in the newspaper,” Widdicombe tells Page Six. Although it may appear frivolous in hindsight, at the time, it was a pleasant diversion from more serious circumstances.
The movie also reveals some harsher truths about the lives of the common people who worshipped socialites as well as the heady heights of their lifestyle.