Maureen Dowd's Elvis statue and cocktail shakers

Photograph by Michael Arnaud, styling by Rebecca Omweg

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You can't help but see how this sharp-tongued, funny, pop-culture-savvy, champion-of-women toys with images of herself. In her den, the columnist who famously said "Wooing the press is an exercise roughly akin to picnicking with a tiger … [and] the tiger always eats last" displays a streak of tiger collectibles and jokes that "maybe the house needs a cub running around, like the one Katharine Hepburn had in Bringing Up Baby," her 1938 movie with Cary Grant.

Many of the pieces came from friends; an Elvis statue from historian Michael Beschloss watches over a conga line of cocktail shakers. "I know I should get rid of stuff, but it all has, like, different memories," she says. "I've been collecting my whole life, from flea markets, secondhand stores, and trips with presidents. I'm always dragging weird stuff through customs." Just a few months ago, she brought home a falcon trap from Saudi Arabia.
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