Jeremy Piven stars as the enigmatic retail pioneer in ITV's new period drama - but Selfridge's penchant for gambling and showgirls cost him dear, reveals his biographer.
Selfridges is used to crowds.
On its grand opening day in March more thanpeople swarmed in. By the end of the week, the numbers had reached more than a million. Girls sex in Selfridge had a heartfelt belief in the power of pleasurable memories — especially those triggered by beauty — whether expressed through the architecture of his gloriously impressive building, or the innovative and breathtaking window displays for which the store rapidly became so iconic.
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Whether it was a rifle range on the roof, in-store fashion shows, book signings, cookery demonstrations, or a famous pianist serenading the piano department, there was always something happening to entertain the customers. But there was a flip side to the trailblazing retailer Mr Selfridge.
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With a twin on each arm he was a regular at the casinos in Le Touquet and Sec where, along with esx highrollers of the era, Harry and the girls gained celebrity status — as much for what they lost as for their winnings.
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