[[caption-width-right:348:"I'm your Auntie Mame!"]]

->''“Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!”''

''Auntie Mame'' (1955) and its sequel ''Around the World with Auntie Mame'' (1958) were comedic novels about the adventures of a young boy being raised as the ward of his eccentric, impulsive, wealthy aunt. The author, Evan Tanner, wrote under the [[PenName pseudonym]] of "Patrick Dennis", and used that name for his narrator.

The first novel was adapted into a 1956 play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee, which appeared on Broadway with Creator/RosalindRussell starring in the title role. This was itself adapted into a 1958 film (also starring Russell). In 1966 Jerry Herman turned the story into TheMusical ''Mame'' (starring Creator/AngelaLansbury), and this version in turn was made into a 1974 film (starring Creator/LucilleBall).

!!''Auntie Mame'' and its sequel contain examples of:

* AccidentalAthlete: Auntie Mame when she manages to stay on top of the mad horse that Sally Cato made her ride on.
* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: Mame's Japanese valet, Ito, speaks in this manner.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Sally Cato, Beau's former fiance who would do anything to get him back. Even MurderTheHypotenuse. While pretending to be Auntie Mame's friend and the perfect SouthernBelle. Also Gloria Upson and her family.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Mame's eccentricity sometimes takes on the form of spaciness.
* ExecutiveMeddling: The sequence in ''Around the World'' where Mame and her nephew travel to 1930s-era Russia was cut from the original edition at the insistence of the editors.
* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: The main story is encased in a "frame" narrative, in which Patrick, now grown and married, reads an article about a nauseatingly sweet spinster who raises an orphan boy, and remembers being an orphan himself and raised by his aunt.
* AFriendInNeed: If one of Mame's pals is in trouble, or needs help, Mame's right there. Of course, things don't always go as planned...
* FunetikAksent
* GoldDigger: Patrick's college mistress Bubbles.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Auntie Mame and her best pal, stage star Vera Charles.
* LadyDrunk: Mame and Vera (and sundry other chums of Mame's) are very fond of wetting their whistles, usually with something like a martini...or two, or three.
* MaidenAunt: Mame is very much a subversion of this.
* MoodyMount: Sally [[JustForPun saddles]] Mame with one of these, Lightning Rod. In the movie, he is much more [[IronicName unfittingly named "Meditation"]].
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Sally tries to arrange for Mame to die in a horse-riding accident.
* {{Nephewism}}: The narrator, "Patrick Dennis," is Mame's nephew.
* OnlySaneMan: Patrick, usually, when Mame goes on one of her kicks.
* PaperThinDisguise: Auntie Mame's idea of going incognito (as when visiting her nephew at school) makes her more conspicuous than she would be normally.
* TheRoaringTwenties: The story starts a few years before the Great Crash of 1929, and Mame is riding high on stock profits.
* TheShowMustGoWrong: At one point after the 1929 Crash, Mame's finances are so low that she has to take a minor part in one of Vera Charles' stage plays. It doesn't work out well, although the reasons differ between the book and the stage versions.
* SmugSnake: After Mame's wealthy husband dies unexpectedly, she is courted by a somewhat-younger poet named Brian O'Banion, who is pretentious, untalented, lecherous, indolent, and too self-satisfied by half.
* SouthernBelle: Sally Cato, of the evil variety.
* UpperClassTwit: Gloria Upson, who talks constantly about friends with names like P.J. and Bunny and Franny.
* VitriolicBestBuds:
** Mame and Vera are great friends, who nonetheless snap at each other and quarrel repeatedly.
** This dynamic applies between Mame and another of her old friends, whom she runs into in Venice.

!!The various adaptations provide examples of:

* BeautifulAllAlong: The 1974 film has Mame and Vera give Agnes a makeover.
* BlackComedy: Beau's death, falling off the Matterhorn while taking Mame's picture.
* CameraFiend: Beau shows a few signs of this, given that most of his scenes involve him taking at least one picture.
* ChristmasCreep: In the song "We Need a Little Christmas" from the musical ''Mame'', the lyric "But, Auntie Mame, it's one week past Thanksgiving Day now!" implies that it's far too early to be starting the Christmas season. These days that lyric is often changed to "one week ''from'' (or '' 'til'') Thanksgiving Day", as even most critics of Christmas Creep would not consider any time post-Thanksgiving to be too early by modern standards.
* CordonBleughChef: Doris Upson serves seafood with peanut butter.
* DreamingOfAWhiteChristmas: Immediately after the "We Need a Little Christmas" number in the 1974 film, it starts snowing. (Not entirely unheard-of for New York in November, but still...)
* ForeignQueasine: At one point Mame serves the Upsons pickled rattlesnake.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The movie is ''full'' of it.
* HollywoodCostuming: The first film had the characters dressed in styles much closer to then-current ('50s) dress than the '20s and '30s.
* IdiosyncraticWipe: The 1958 movie uses stage-like scene transitions. As a scene ends, all the lights fade except for a spotlight which is left on Mame.
* OrderVersusChaos: A major theme of the movie and the play is the contrast between the chaos represented by Mame and the order represented by Babcock. In the end, Patrick manages to find a happy medium.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: On top of all their other faults, the Upsons are anti-Semites, to the point of getting outraged at the thought of a shelter for refugee Jewish children being built near their house.
* PrettyInMink: Several furs are worn, such as Mame loaning Agnes a brown mink wrap, and Gloria Upson wearing a sheared fur jacket in her first scene and later a white mink stole.
* {{Pun}}: The Upsons' property is called Upson Downs (ups and downs).
* SleepMask: Auntie Mame is wearing one when Patrick bursts into her room to show her his new toy airplane.
* SouthernGentleman: Beau is a somewhat more open, personal variant.
* TimeshiftedActor: Patrick
* TWordEuphemism: In the 1958 film.
-->"What's that, Auntie Mame?"
-->"That's a B, dear. The first letter in a seven-letter word that means ''your late father''."