Of special interest are the discovery of unpublished letters and a pseudonymous lesbian novel that shed light on the complex character of the most currently famous Vanderbilt woman, Gloria Vanderbilt.
Women of Means: The Fascinating Biographies of Royals, Heiresses, Eccentrics and Other Poor Little Rich GirlsMango #ad - To terrorist. Some of the women whose silver spoons rusted include:Almira Carnarvon, the real-life counterpart to Lady Cora of Downton AbbeyLiliane Bettencourt, whose chemist father created L’Oreal. And was a nazi collaboratorpeggy guggenheim, who had an insatiable appetite for modern art and menNica Rothschild, who became a cosmetology-enhanced cat-womanRuth Madoff, who traded her gilded life to become the Baroness of BebopJocelyn Wildenstein, the dethroned queen of ManhattanPatty Hearst, who trod the path from heiress.
. They were the ones for whom the cornucopia had been upended, showering them with unimaginable wealth and opportunity. 1 new release in royalty ─ glimpse behind the façade of Rich and Famous WomenIf you liked The Last Castle and Lean In, you’ll love Women of Means. The grass isn't greener on the Other Side: Heiresses have always been viewed with eyes of envy.
Women of Means: The Fascinating Biographies of Royals, Heiresses, Eccentrics and Other Poor Little Rich Girls #ad - However, through intimate historical biographies, Women of Means shows us that oftentimes the weaving sisters saved their most heart-wrenching tapestries for the destinies of wealthy women. Happily never after: from the author of behind every great man, we now have Women of Means, vignettes of the women who were slated from birth—or marriage—to great privilege, only to endure lives which were the stuff Russian tragic heroines are made of.
They are the nonfictional Richard Corys—those not slated for happily ever after. Women of means is bound to be a non-fiction best seller, full of the best biographies of all time.
Double Exposure: A Twin AutobiographyPapamoa Press #ad - In 1921 there burst upon the new york social scene the famous Morgan twins, Thelma and Gloria, whose names in the decade that followed came to spell glamour and excitement in that magic world of the “international set. Two continents thrilled to thelma furness’s romances with Richard Bennett, the Prince of Wales, Aly Khan, Lord Furness, and Edmund Lowe.
In this spirit, and with all sincerity, they have set down the story of their lives. In double exposure, we are given a matchless picture of life among the great—and the near-great—in the now-vanished world between the two wars. Both knew the love of many men, and now both have happily risen above the vicissitudes of their checkered careers and face the future with gallantry, humor, both suffered deeply, and without rancor or bitterness over the past.
And exciting as are their personal adventures and escapades, their story is also a portrait of an era. In every age there have been certain women who through a combination of beauty and personality have attracted the love and admiration of rich or famous men, and who seem to be the embodiments of the feminine charm of the period.
Double Exposure: A Twin Autobiography #ad - In our time, among those women who have come close to fitting this role are Lady Furness and Gloria Vanderbilt. From childhood each had the elusive qualities that characterize the femme fatale. While much has been written from the outside about all of this, the two principals have never before disclosed the real truth behind the rumors and the headlines.
The whole world followed with bated breath the searing custody trial over young Gloria that pitted mother against daughter and shook the Vanderbilts and society.
Splendour & Squalor: The Disgrace and Disintegration of Three Aristocratic DynastiesAtlantic Books #ad - From stately homes and prisons to the house of lords and edwardian asylums—the stories, spanning the 20th century, of the disintegrating fortunes of three of Britain’s most illustrious aristocratic dynasties and the scapegraces responsibleSplendour & Squalor traces the disintegration of three aristocratic dynasties through the twentieth century: families who seemingly had everything yet decided to take 'the down-escalator of life.
They include the montagus, churchill's birthplace—to remodel their principal family seat, the montagus oversaw further renovation—converting the Kimbolton chapel into a bar, who had once employed Vanburgh—creator of Blenheim Palace, Dukes of Manchester, and stocking it with glasses decorated with 'pornography of the most interesting kind, Kimbolton Castle; shortly before the outbreak of World War II, bisexual Duke of Kent, ' for the benefit of guests like the restless, younger brother of George VI.
Splendour & Squalor: The Disgrace and Disintegration of Three Aristocratic Dynasties #ad - The resultant portrait is the authentic Downton Abbey—stripped of gloss, mythology and sentiment, and brought mercilessly up-to-date. Splendour & squalor offers a riveting insight into the disintegration of a once seemingly impregnable elite. Four consecutive generations of the family went to jail. The herveys, marquesses of bristol, heroin, went inside too, although john bristol 7th Marquess of Bristol, born 1954; died 1999 spent most of his time investing his inheritance in helicopters, and—for strictly recreational purposes—handcuffs: a blazing quest for self-gratification which led him into the company of Andy Warhol and Mick Jagger.
A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the VanderbiltsSt. Martin's Press #ad - The new york times and usa today bestsellerthe riveting novel of iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family as they rule Gilded-Age New York, written by Therese Anne Fowler, a New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. Alva smith, her southern family destitute after the Civil War, married into one of America’s great Gilded Age dynasties: the newly wealthy but socially shunned Vanderbilts.
A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts #ad - Ignored by new york’s old-money circles and determined to win respect, hosted grand balls, she designed and built nine mansions, and arranged for her daughter to marry a duke. Meet alva smith vanderbilt belmont, living proof that history is made by those who know the rules—and how to break them. With a nod to jane austen and edith wharton, in a well-behaved Woman Therese Anne Fowler paints a glittering world of enormous wealth contrasted against desperate poverty, of friendship and betrayal, of social ambition and social scorn, and an unforgettable story of a remarkable woman.
But alva also defied convention for women of her time, asserting power within her marriage and becoming a leader in the women's suffrage movement.
Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: The Story of a Mother and a Daughter in the 'Gilded Age' Text Only: The Story of a Mother and a Daughter in the Gilded AgeHarperPress #ad - When she married, a crowd of over 2, and newspapers frenziedly reported every detail of the event, 000 onlookers gathered, right down to the bridal underwear. It was not consuelo, but her domineering mother who had forced the marriage through. This captivating biography tells of the lives of mother and daughter: the story of the fairytale wedding and its nightmarish aftermath, and an account of how both women went on to dedicate their lives to the dramatic fight for women’s rights, in the light of their own suffering.
Even by the standards of the day the glamorous, eighteen-year-old had made an outstanding match: she had ensnared the twenty-four-year-old Duke of Marlborough, the most eligible peer in Great Britain. Yet the bride’s swollen face, barely hidden under the veil, presaged the unhappiness that lay in the couple’s painful twelve-year future.
Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: The Story of a Mother and a Daughter in the 'Gilded Age' Text Only: The Story of a Mother and a Daughter in the Gilded Age #ad - . The family trees contained within this ebook are best viewed on a tablet. A fabulously wealthy new york beauty marries a cold-hearted British aristocrat at the behest of her Machiavellian mother – then leaves him to become a prominent Suffragette. Consuelo vanderbilt was one of the greatest heiresses of the late 19th-century, a glittering prize for suitors on both sides of the Atlantic.
LITTLE GLORIAKnopf #ad - . And finally we see little gloria pushed to choose between her mother and her aunt, making the decision that will affect her whole life—with nobody ever asking her the basic question, “Why are you afraid?” For the first time, the thousands of pages of documents and sealed court testimony have been unearthed and explored.
And a writer completely knowing about society and the period has used all this material to create a compelling narrative of vitality, resonance, and fascination. Reggie vanderbilt, leaving his beautiful young widow nothing but their baby, their baby’s untouchable trust fund, at forty-three a worn-out alcoholic who had managed to go through almost $25 million in fourteen years and who died only two years after his marriage to Gloria, and the Vanderbilt name .
And what she wanted was “little Gloria. The leading characters: gloria morgan, as a shy, did what she was raised to do, stammering eighteen-year-old, who was one of the fabled Morgan Twins invented by society reporter “Cholly” Knickerbocker as the quintessential Café Society beauties and who, living on nothing a year, becoming the wife of .
LITTLE GLORIA #ad - Combining her extraordinary abilities as an investigative reporter with the skills and sensitivity of a novelist, a whole world of astonishing emotional and social circumstances, Barbara Goldsmith has given us a galvanizing story, unforgettably revealed. Hundreds of people have been interviewed. Deserted, “dressed in rags, ” neglected, she became an almost mythic incarnation of “the poor little rich girl.
This child, who was to grow up to become a world-famous fashion designer, her name—Gloria Vanderbilt—a household word.
"King Lehr" and the Gilded AgePapamoa Press #ad - His natural gift for entertaining and his penchant for hobnobbing with the very rich earned him entry to the powerful circle of the New York and Newport social elite, where Harry clowned his way to a position of prominence. Stuyvesant fish, introduced him to a young widow, Elizabeth Wharton Drexel. Harry symes lehr was born in 1869 into a family that was neither wealthy nor socially prominent.
Elizabeth was smitten with young Harry, his elegant dress, and outrageous behavior. For twenty-three years, Mrs. One of his admirers and patrons, Mrs. Lady decies wrote down her secret story in 1938, and told all in this scandalous tale of power, desire, incorporating Harry’s most intimate diaries, and deception.
"King Lehr" and the Gilded Age #ad - They were soon married. But king lehr had a secret—he was not what he seemed. On their wedding night he cruelly dictated the rules of their strange relationship to his new bride. Lehr protected his secret and remained in a loveless and abusive marriage. After harry’s death Elizabeth remarried, to the Baron Decies.
The Grit in the Pearl: The Scandalous Life of Margaret, Duchess of ArgyllThe History Press #ad - The grit in the pearl is a meticulously researched and powerful biography, which acts as a potent lens on various themes in the last century: fame, the media, power, privacy, sex, and relationships between classes. Lyndsy spence tells a tragic story of the life and downfall of this fascinatingly complex woman, and shows how she fell victim to a cruel husband, harsh social mores and an unforgiving class.
It uses hitherto unpublished sources, including taped conversations, an unexpurgated transcript of her divorce trial, interviews and letters. The duke won a divorce, but this had a dramatic effect on Margaret's life. On the verge of financial destitution, she fell from grace and was abandoned by most of her friends prior to her death in a nursing home in Pimlico in 1993.
The Grit in the Pearl: The Scandalous Life of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll #ad - He produced, as his evidence, a set of sexually explicit Polaroid photographs and explosive love letters. Margaret, duchess of argyll 1912-1993 was an international celebrity in her youth, adored and observed by millions. But in 1963, the year of the profumo affair, the 11th Duke of Argyll shocked the country when he alleged that his adulterous wife had slept with over eighty men behind his back.
... And What Do You Do?: What The Royal Family Don't Want You To KnowBiteback Publishing #ad - The royal family is the original Coronation Street – a long-running soap opera with the occasional real coronation thrown in. But they have also become a byword for arrogance, entitlement, hypocrisy and indifference to the gigantic amount of public money wasted by them. The monarchy itself is an important part of our constitution with considerable influence on the kind of nation we are.
And what do you do? is a hard-hitting analysis of the royal family, exposing its extravagant use of public money and the highly dubious behaviour of some among its ranks, whilst being critical of the knee-jerk sycophancy shown by the press and politicians. Yet you will struggle to find much in the way of proper journalism that examines the monarchy in the way that their position and influence merit.
... And What Do You Do?: What The Royal Family Don't Want You To Know #ad - Instead, we are fed a constant diet of sickeningly obsequious coverage which reports their activities with breathless and uncritical awe. In this book, former government minister Norman Baker argues that the British public deserves better than this puerile diet. By turns irreverent and uncompromising, … And What Do You Do? asks important questions about the future of the world’s most famous royal family.
Baker also considers the wider role the royals play in society, including the link with House of Lords reform, and the constitutional position of the monarch, which is important given Prince Charles’s present and intended approach. What makes this book so unusual is that Baker is himself a member of the Privy Council, the body that officially advises the monarch.
Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of VanderbiltWilliam Morrow #ad - Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt #ad - Yet, one of his direct descendants died penniless, less than fifty years after the Commodore's death, and no Vanderbilt was counted among the world's richest people. Fortune's children tells the dramatic story of all the amazingly colorful spenders who dissipated such a vast inheritance. Vanderbilt: the very name signifies wealth.
The family patriarch, "the commodore, " built up a fortune that made him the world's richest man by 1877.