Marjorie Hillis (1889-1971) worked for Vogue for over twenty years, where she became assistant editor. She was one of a growing number of independent, professional women who lived alone by choice. In 1936, she wrote Live Alone and Like It, the superlative guide for 'bachelor ladies' (who became known as 'live-aloners'). It was an instant bestseller, and became one of of the most well-known books of the decade. This was followed by another bestselling non-fiction book, Orchids on Your Budget (1937).