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Names and Faces: Coco Chanel, Elvis Presley, Austin Powers

The Reliable Source is on vacation and will return; until then, the Names and Faces column will appear in its space in Style.

Longtime whispers about legendary French designer Coco Chanel’s dallying with the Nazi regime during World War II are the subject of a new book, Gawker reports.

Sleeping With the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War” by Hal Vaughan explores Chanel’s membership and participation in the Abwehr, a Nazi military intelligence organization, and her relationship with Baron Hans Gunther von Dincklage, a Nazi agent commended by Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels.

Vaughan claims Chanel was “fiercely” anti-Semitic and that she hated “trade unions, socialism, Freemasons, and communism.”

This is not the first time a well-established fashion designer has been linked to the Nazis: Men’s fashion house Hugo Boss designed suits for the Nazi SS.

Fans commemorate Elvis

This coming week is known to “King of Rock and Roll” fans as “Elvis Week,” marking the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death on Aug. 16, 1977, with fans flocking to Memphis this Tuesday to attend a midnight candlelight vigil at Graceland, the Associated Press reports.

This year also marks another important anniversary: 55 years ago, in 1956, the first two Elvis albums (one was an extended-play album with fewer songs on it) were released, containing some of Elvis’s best-known songs.

To celebrate the King’s breakout year, music producer Ernst Jorgensen and his team are releasing a five-CD RCA/Legacy box set titled “Young Man With the Big Beat” on Monday, also at Graceland.

The CDs feature remastered rare live recordings, unreleased live songs, recording-session outtakes and interviews. The boxed set, which also includes a book of photos and memorabilia from that epic year, goes on sale Sept. 27.

“It’s a documentation of what I think is rock music’s most incredible year,” said Jorgensen. “Nobody was prepared for Elvis.”

Austin Powers No. 4?

After a year of back-and-forth with New Line Cinema, Mike Myers may be signing up to write, produce and star in the fourth “Austin Powers” opus. Reports on E! Online and The Wrap differ as to how certain the signing is.

No word yet on who would play Austin’s sidekick, which has previously been played by bombshells Elizabeth Hurley, Heather Graham and Beyoncé.

The last “Austin Powers” flick was nine years ago. Myers, 48, was last seen in a small role as a British general in “Inglourious Basterds.”


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