Her journal Your Good Dwelling was revealed by Hearst and despatched to subscribers of Good Housekeeping for about two years beginning in 2005.
She married Mr. Madden, then promoting director of New York Journal, in 1974. He would go on to be writer of Self, Home & Backyard and Bon Appétit, after which chief government of his spouse’s firm, Chris Madden Inc.
Ann Christine Casson was born on June 1, 1948, in Rockville Centre, N.Y., on Lengthy Island, one among 9 kids. Her father, Edward Gaynor Casson, was a gross sales government on the Mohawk Brush Firm. Her mom, Ann Marie (Hill) Casson, was a homemaker who taught her kids to stitch and cook dinner, and even upholster furnishings.
Chris was a mannequin as a baby and a teen. She majored in style merchandising on the Vogue Institute of Know-how in Manhattan, although she dropped out in her senior yr to work as an assistant within the picture division of Sports activities Illustrated.
She labored within the publicity departments at a number of publishing homes — when she was simply 24, she was employed as director of publicity at Farrar, Straus & Giroux — till being fired by Simon & Schuster within the late Nineteen Seventies, Mr. Madden mentioned, for not being aggressive sufficient. She then began her personal publicity firm, Chris Madden & Associates (there have been no associates), of their residence on East 84th Road. Her shoppers included guide publishers, an anti-censorship nonprofit and Ford Fashions.
On the similar time, she started to provide coffee-table books. She first wrote a cookbook (“The Compleat Lemon,” with Susan Lee, revealed in 1979) after which a guide on New York Metropolis (“Manhattan,” with Jean-Claude Suares, revealed in 1981). After her guide on decorators, “Inside Visions: Nice American Designers and the Showcase Home,” was revealed in 1988, she started to deal with inside design.