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General Information

Name:  Marjabelle Young Stewart  

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Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: May 16, 1924 in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Died: March 3, 2007 in Kewanee, Illinois

-- Marjabelle Young Stewart on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Moved to Kewanee, Illnois in 1965 after marrying attorney William E. Stewart.

Biographical and Professional Information

Marjabelle Young Stewart was an American writer and expert on etiquette.During her lifetime, she was dubbed the "Queen of Courtesy" by Newsweek and was the most-published etiquette author and educator in the country. Marjabelle Young Stewart was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa to a great-grandson of poet William Cullen Bryant. She lived in an orphanage after her parents divorced. She married scientist Jack Davison Young and moved to Washington, D.C. in 1941. She became a model and came into contact with Washington society as a result. She moved to Kewanee, Illinois in 1965 after marriage to attorney William E. Stewart. Stewart began teaching children's etiquette classes in Washington, DC in 1965; some of her earliest students included Tricia and Julie Nixon and Dwight Eisenhower's granddaughter, Barbara. She went on to teach etiquette and manners to American Presidents such as Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan.Her network of etiquette classes, which at its height had locations in several hundred U.S. cities, were called White Gloves (for girls) and Blue Blazers (for boys). She also conducted seminars in almost 400 national and international cities for nearly every sector of the public, including business executives, brides- and grooms-to-be, college students, and children. Stewart was the most sough-out veteran in the etiquette arena having appeared as an expert on manners and decorum on almost every national program - "The Tonight Show", "The Today Show", "Good Morning America", "Larry King Live", "Jenny Jones", "Leeza", "Home and Family", "The Oprah Winfrey Show", plus many more. She had also been featured in in almost every newspaper and magazine in the country, making her the leading expert on the dos and don'ts of our society. She also released annual lists of the "Top Ten Most-Polite Cities" and "Top Ten Most-Polite Celebrities," which always received national media attention.Stewart died of pneumonia at a Kewanee nursing home, at the age of 82.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The New Etiquette: Real Manners for Real People in Real Situations--An A-to-Z Guide

St. Martin's Griffin. 1997

Executive Etiquette: In the New Workplace
ISBN: 0312141033

St. Martin's Griffin. 1995

What's the best way to ask a colleague to refrain from smoking in the office? What's the proper protocol for exchanging gifts with colleagues and clients? Is it okay to address the CEO by his or her first name? These and dozens of other business-etiquette questions are answered by trusted etiquette expert Marjabelle Young Stewart and her coauthor Marian Faux in this indispensable handbook for office life in the nineties.

More than a collection of dos and don'ts, Executive Etiquette in the New Workplace is a practical and reassuring sourcebook that offers businesspeople at every rung of the corporate ladder the guidelines they need for handling the increasingly complex relationships of office life with confidence, grace, and style.

Little Ways To Say I Love You: Dozens of Simple Ways To Show Spouses, Lovers, Children, and Friends How Special They Are
ISBN: 0312072376

St. Martin's Griffin. 1992

How many times has your day been enhanced by one small, unnecessary gesture? A romantic-and unexpected-note from a lover or spouse. A single flower from a long-out-of-touch sister. A funny cartoon or a basket of just-picked summer fruits sent for no reason but to brighten your day. Such things aren't earth-shattering, but the pleasure we get from them as either receiver of giver, often far outweighs the size of the gesture itself.

Little Ways to Say "I Love You" is a compendium of suggestions and ideas-from the sweet to the sexy, the simple to the sublimely fantastic-to help you show love to all the people in your life: husbands and wives, lovers and friends, moms, dads, and even kids. It's filled with imaginative ways to rekindle a romance, get back in touch with your kids and family, and stay close to those friends who were so hard to find.

Dear Marjabelle: Answers to 325 Most Asked Etiquette Questions of the 90s
ISBN: 0312926871

St Martins Pr. 1992

A guide to etiquette for the '90s answers the most commonly asked questions about such issues as the proper way to make introductions, when to send thank-you notes, when the use of first names is inappropriate, and others. Original.

Your Complete Wedding Planner: For the Perfect Bride and Groom-To-Be
ISBN: 0312025319

St. Martin's Griffin. 1988

Offers advice on announcements, ceremony planning, cost estimates, scheduling, food ideas, family problems, showers, receptions, and honeymoons, and includes a month-by-month checklist

Can My Bridesmaids Wear Black?-- And 325 Other Most-Asked Etiquette Questions
ISBN: 0312033001

St Martins Pr. 1989

Answers questions about proper behavior for weddings, showers, births, funerals, dating, working, entertaining, and gift-giving

Stand Up, Shake Hands, and Say 34;How Do You Do34;: What Boys Need to Know about Today's Manners
ISBN: 0883311003

Aslan Pub. 2008

Stand Up, Shake Hands, Say "How Do You Do" is the third book in the manners series. Like White Gloves and Party Manners, it is the textbook for courses for boys.

What to Do When and Why: At School, at Parties, at Home, in Your Growing World
ISBN: 0883311054

Robert B Luce. 1988

Advises the pre-teen girl on manners, beauty care, being a likeable person, and generally dealing with life's situations.

Executive Etiquette: How to Make Your Way to the Top With Grace and Style
ISBN: 0312274262

St Martins Pr. 1986

Written for those people who find themselves in a variety of business situations in which they are expected to take the lead, this guide reviews both the obvious and the more subtle points of business etiquette