Life of the Party - The Remarkable Story of How Brownie Wise Built, and Lost, a Tupperware Party Empire-logo

Life of the Party - The Remarkable Story of How Brownie Wise Built, and Lost, a Tupperware Party Empire

Bob Kealing

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The incredible story of Brownie Wise, the Southern single mother-and postwar #Girlboss-who built, and lost, a Tupperware home-party empire 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 become 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. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kimberly Farr

Length:

8h 58m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:26


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:31


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:47


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:28


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:11


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:24


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:41


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:04


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:56


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:29


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:33


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:06


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:54


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:05


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:20


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:12


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:06


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:03


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:56


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:31


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:17


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:00


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:56


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:34


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:00


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:08


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:47


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:49


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:08


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:28


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:56


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:08


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:01


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:12


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:06


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:45


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:51


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:26


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:57


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:30


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:53


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:23


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:53


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:50


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:14


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:12


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:20


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:00


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:53


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:29


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:51


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:25


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:26


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:56


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:04


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:49


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:40


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:20


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:49


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:11


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:35


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:52


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:41


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:36


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:15


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:47


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:43


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:30


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:45


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:43


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:32


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:57


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:30


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:19


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:43


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:35


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:20


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:46


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

02:37


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

00:38