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Marjabelle Young Stewart

Born: May 16, 1924 in Council Bluffs, Iowa
Died: March 3, 2007 in Kewanee, Illinois

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

Biography: 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.


Primary Audience(s): Children; Young adult readers

Marjabelle Young Stewart on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Can my bridesmaids wear black? :
ISBN: 0312033001 OCLC: 19815475

St. Martin's Press, New York : ©1989.

  Dear Marjabelle :
ISBN: 0312926871 OCLC: 25541903

St. Martin's Paperbacks, New York, N.Y. : 1992, ©1989.

Executive etiquette :
ISBN: 0312274262 OCLC: 5171601

St. Martin's Press, New York : 1979.

Executive etiquette in the new workplace /
ISBN: 0312141033 OCLC: 33161702

St. Martin's Griffin, New York : 1996.

Little ways to say "I love you" /
ISBN: 0312072376 OCLC: 24870998

St. Martin's Press, New York : ©1992.

  Rang wo shuo chu wo ai ni
ISBN: 9571304654 OCLC: 815204096

Shi bao wen hua, Tai bei shi : min 81.

Stand up, shake hands, say "How do you do" :
ISBN: 0883311003 OCLC: 3322052

D. McKay Co., New York : ©1977.

A guide for boys from six to twelve on what to say and do on formal and informal occasions.

What to do when, and why :
ISBN: 0883311054 OCLC: 19506904

R.B. Luce, Bridgeport, CT : [1988?], ©1975.

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

Your complete wedding planner :
ISBN: 0312025319 OCLC: 18558956

St. Martin's Press, New York : ©1989.