Eloise (books)

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Logo for the Eloise series of books
Author Kay Thompson
Illustrator Hilary Knight
Country United States
Language English
Genre Young adults (former)
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date

Eloise is a series of children's books written in the 1950s by Kay Thompson (1909–1998) and illustrated by Hilary Knight (b. 1926). Thompson and Knight followed up Eloise (1955) with four sequels.

Eloise is a girl who lives in the "room on the tippy-top floor" of the Plaza Hotel in New York City with her Nanny, her pug dog Weenie, and her turtle Skipperdee.

Thompson's goddaughter, Liza Minnelli, has been cited as a possible model for Eloise, as has the author herself.[1] The illustrator said that the image for Eloise was based on a painting that his mother, Katherine Sturges Dodge did in the 1930s.[2]




Other modern Eloise titles released by Simon & Schuster include Eloise's Guide to Life (2000), Eloise at Christmas (2003), Eloise's What I Absolutely Love Love Love (2005) and Love & Kisses, Eloise (2005). The same publisher began producing Eloise stories "in the style of Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight" to their early-reader Ready-to-Reads line in 2005.[4] By 2007, 11 titles had been released in that line.

Thompson's time on the set of the 1957 musical film Funny Face inspired a new Eloise cartoon — Eloise in Hollywood (2006).[5]

Dramatic adaptations[edit]

In 2003, two made-for-TV movies based on the first two books were made by Walt Disney Television, titled Eloise at the Plaza and Eloise at Christmastime, starring Sofia Vassilieva as Eloise and Julie Andrews as Nanny. In 2006, an animated television series based on the characters of the books, premiered on Starz! Kids & Family, featuring Mary Matilyn Mouser as Eloise and Lynn Redgrave as Nanny.

A movie based on Eloise in Paris, starring Jordana Beatty as the title character and Uma Thurman as Nanny,[6] is being developed by Charles Shyer, director of Alfie and Father of the Bride. As of 2012, little, if any, development on the film was announced, and it was reported that Thurman filed a lawsuit against Handmade and demanded £6m compensation.[7][8]

A direct-to-DVD animated feature entitled Eloise in Africa was announced in February 2009. It will be made entirely at Animation Collective’s New York City facility.[9]




A portrait of Eloise was hung in the lobby of the Plaza until it closed for renovations in 2005. The portrait was re-hung in 2008 after three years in storage.[citation needed]

Filmmaker Lena Dunham sports an Eloise tattoo and produced the HBO documentary short, It's Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise, chronicling the life and career of series co-author and illustrator Hilary Knight.[10][11][12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Amy Benfer (1999-06-01). "Will the real Eloise please stand up?". Salon. 
  2. ^ Barnes & Noble: Meet the Writers series, retrieved 9 April 2015
  3. ^ Won Tesoriero, Heather (2002-02-09), "Welcome Back, Eloise", Time 
  4. ^ Simon & Schuster: Ready-to-Reads: Kay Thompson
  5. ^ Minzesheimer, Bob (2006-10-23), "Oh, my Lord! Eloise leaves Plaza for Hollywood", USA TODAY 
  6. ^ Uma Thurman and Jordana Beatty
  7. ^ Kay, Richard. "Uma: I want £6m for film that never was". Mail Online (London). Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Uma Thurman settles Eloise film flap - Reuters". Reuters. 2010-08-09. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  9. ^ Eloise in Africa Feature Coming to DVD
  10. ^ Stanley, Allesandra (22 March 2015). "Review: ‘It’s Me, Hilary’ Documentary Spotlights Eloise’s Illustrator". New York Times. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  11. ^ Lewis, Hilary (23 March 2015). "'Eloise' Doc Director, Star Hilary Knight Reveal How Lena Dunham Ended Up Appearing in the Film". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  12. ^ Chi, Paul (16 March 2015). "Lena Dunham Explains Why She Has an Eloise Tattoo". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 

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