Page Six learns that a new movie will reveal an intriguing and charming postscript to the High Society Era.
Hulu’s new documentary, “Queenmaker,” says that James Kurisunkal, the 2000s teenager from Illinois who became an unlikely mover and shaker in Manhattan by covering socialites like Tinsley Mortimer from his bedroom, she now lives as Morgan Olivia Rose, a beautiful and glamorous woman. she remembers Mrs. Mortimer herself.
Morgan anonymously launched “Park Avenue Peerage” in 2007 when Mortimer, Olivia Palermo, Lauren Santo Domingo and others not only dominated gossip columns, but also filled blogs like Socialite Rank.
It became a hit and caused quite a stir when the author of the Uptown Mayflies in-house record turned out to be a high school student from the Midwest.
It earned him an internship at New York magazine and an interview in the New York Times, which described the site at the time as “a compendium of party photos, society updates and, occasionally, family stories that he brought together mostly for selecting wedding and death announcements.”
Now the documentary, which opens Wednesday and is based on an episode of “Gatecrasher,” the memoir of gossip great Ben Widdicombe, reveals Rose’s sometimes shocking final years, including her transition.
“Now that I’m older, I see how there were two different people,” he says in the film, “one who was James and one who was me.” She adds that it “just took some time and some pain.”
“For New Yorkers, I think this sparkling moment [in the mid-2000s] it’s related to the post-9/11 trauma, and how desperate people were to have something fun and uncomplicated in the paper,” Widdicombe tells Page Six, “It may seem frivolous in hindsight, but at the time it was a breather.” welcome from darker events.”
The film, in turn, reveals some darker truths behind the heady heights of high society life: and the lives of the regular people who adored them.