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The Gilded Age was a period of unprecedented change in America. Fortunes were spent on luxuries such as the lavish "summer cottages" of Newport.
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In the show’s introduction, the ceiling of the Rosecliff Ballroom takes center stage as the Jules Allard-designed mural of an open sky is superimposed as part of the architecturally themed opening credits.
The Elms kitchen appears repeatedly in this episode. Also, The Elms pantry is shot from a low angle, offering an interesting view of the space.
While hosting a dinner for Anne and Patrick Morris, Bertha Russell is asked why she did not use Richard Morris Hunt to design her New York mansion. Hunt, who died in Newport in 1895, designed The Breakers and Marble House as well as Biltmore in Ashville, N.C., and the Vanderbilt Mausoleum on Staten Island. He was also well known for a number of New York projects.
After dinner, Mrs. Russell leads a tour through her ballroom. This is really the Music Room at The Breakers, a space we will see in more detail during later episodes.
Mr. Russell and Mr. Morris retire to discuss business over a game of billiards in the Russell mansion. The scene was filmed in the Billiard Room of The Breakers using the original billiard table, on which a new layer of felt was placed to protect the surface. HBO worked closely with our Collections and Conservation Teams to protect the historic surfaces and objects in our houses during filming of “The Gilded Age.
Mrs. Russell’s bedroom is a tribute to Alva Vanderbilt’s room in Marble House, according to “The Gilded Age” production designer Bob Shaw.
In 1882, Marian arrives at the home of her “old money” aunts Agnes and Ada, whose new neighbors vie to break into New York high society.
George faces a surprise development. Marian sees Mr. Raikes against Agnes’ wishes. Ada runs into an old friend. Peggy gets an opportunity.
Marian learns more about Mrs. Chamberlain. George makes a deal to benefit Bertha. Peggy meets a trailblazing newspaperman.
Bertha, Marian, Aurora, and Peggy make an overnight trip to see Clara Barton speak. Gladys’ desired beau is invited to dinner.
Mr. McAllister’s visit to the Russells shakes the aunts’ household. George aims to control the narrative. Marian considers her feelings.
As a historic moment captures the city, Agnes vows to protect her family’s reputation, while Larry’s career plans rub George the wrong way.
Peggy reveals the truth about her past, while George’s day in court arrives, and Marian considers her romantic future.
Marian’s grand plan is threatened. Bertha and Mrs. Astor lock horns over Gladys’ debut. Peggy is stunned by a major reveal.
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