Life of the Party
- The Remarkable Story of How Brownie Wise Built, and Lost, a Tupperware Party Empire
- Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
- Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 07-12-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
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Before Mary Kay, Martha Stewart, and Joy Mangano, there was Brownie Wise, the charismatic Tupperware executive who converted postwar optimism into a record-breaking sales engine powered by American housewives. In Life of the Party, Bob Kealing offers the definitive portrait of Wise, a plucky businesswoman who divorced her alcoholic husband, started her own successful business, and eventually caught the eye of Tupperware inventor Earl Tupper, whose plastic containers were collecting dust on store shelves.
The Tupperware Party that Wise popularized, a master class in the soft sell, drove Tupperware's sales to soaring heights. It also gave minimally educated and economically invisible postwar women, including some African American women, an acceptable outlet for making their own money for their families - and for being rewarded for their efforts. With the people skills of Dale Carnegie, the looks of Doris Day, and the magnetism of Eva Peron, Wise was as popular among her many devoted followers as she was among the press, and she became the first woman to appear on the cover of BusinessWeek in 1954. Then, at the height of her success, Wise's ascent ended as quickly as it began. Earl Tupper fired her under mysterious circumstances, wrote her out of Tupperware's success story, and left her with a pittance. He walked away with a fortune, and she disappeared - until now.
Originally published as Tupperware Unsealed by the University Press of Florida in 2008 - and optioned by Sony Pictures, with Sandra Bullock attached to star - this revised and updated edition is perfectly timed to take advantage of renewed interest in this long-overlooked American business icon.
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By NMwritergal on 09-22-16
Interesting story about the person behind the...
...product. Well, the people behind the product. There's a fair bit about Tupper in here too. This is not my usual genre: Bios about business leaders, but I had to listen to this. Tupperware was such a part of my childhood. Ok, that sounds weird, but my mother STILL has Tupperware from the 60s and 70s--mine is more recent--and it's just one of those...markers of childhood that stick out as much as Star Trek or what have you.
Anyway, an interesting read!
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