A biography of pamela churchill harriman, charting her life from marriage to Churchill’s son, Randolph, based on over 800 interviews and archival research, through two further marriages to her eventual appointment as US Ambassador to France.
In All His Glory: The Life and Times of William S. Paley and the Birth of Modern Broadcasting
Drawing on highly placed cbs sources and hundreds of interviews, brooke astor and a parade of Paley’s humiliated heirs, Ted Turner, Jock Whitney, and with a supporting cast of such glittering figures as Truman Capote, Slim Keith, In All His Glory is a richly textured story of business, David Sarnoff, power and social ambition.
Praise for in all his glory“a sweeping study of the emergence of broadcasting, the American immigrant experience, and the ravenous personal and professional tastes of Paley as he charmed and clawed his way to the top of society. Los angeles times“riveting…packed with revelations, glitz, rich in radio and TV lore, sprinkled with intrigues, and wheeling and dealing at the highest levels of media and government.
Publishers weekly “an impressive, meticulously researched work of broadcast history as well as a piquant glimpse inside CBS’s corporate culture. Time. Tracing his life from chicago, the hedonist pursuing every form of pleasure, to the glamorous haunts of Manhattan, demanding egoist, where Paley was born to a family of cigar makers, Smith shows us the shrewd, the corporate strongman famous for his energy and ruthlessness.
Paley—the man who built CBS, the “Tiffany Network. Sally bedell smith’s in all his glory takes a hard look at Paley and the perfect world he created for himself, revealing the extraordinary complexity of the man who let nothing get in the way of his vast ambitions. He is to american broadcasting as carnegie was to steel, and Ruth to baseball, Ford to automobiles, Luce to publishing, ” wrote The New York Times of Willian S.
The daughter of a famous actress and a successful Hollywood agent, wealthy, she was beautiful, and living at the very center of the most privileged life America had to offer. Yet at twenty-three her family was ripped apart. Who could have imagined that this magical life could shatter, so conclusively, so destructively? Brooke Hayward tells the riveting story of how her family went haywire.
. From the moment of its publication in 1977, haywire was a national sensation and a #1 bestseller, a celebrated Hollywood memoir of a glittering family and the stunning darkness that lurked just beneath the surface. Brooke hayward was born into the most enviable of circumstances.
Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House
Smith’s striking revelations include new information about what drew Jack to his numerous mistresses – and what effects the relationships ultimately had on the women; about the rivalries and resentments among Kennedy’s advisers; and about the poignant days before and after Kennedy’s assassination.
Smith has fashioned a vivid and nuanced portrait not only of two extraordinary individuals but of a new age that sprang to life around them. Smith brilliantly recreates the glamorous pageant of the Kennedy years, and, in Jack’s case, political associations, as well as the daily texture of the Kennedys’ marriage, friendships, multiple love affairs.
As first lady, jackie mesmerized foreign leaders and the American people with her style and sophistication, creating a White House renowned for its beauty and culture. In grace & power: the private world of the kennedy white house, new york times bestselling author Sally Bedell Smith takes us inside the Kennedy White House with unparalleled access and insight.
Jack and jackie kennedy gathered around them an intensely loyal and brillant coterie of intellectuals, journalists, diplomats, international jet-setters and artists. Perhaps as never before, Washington was sharply divided between the “ins” and the “outs. In his public life, jfk created a New Frontier, stared down the Soviets, and devoted himself to his wife and children.
Having interviewed scores of kennedy intimates, including many who have never spoken before, and drawing on letters and personal papers made available for the first time, Smith paints a richly detailed picture of the personal relationships behind the high purpose and poiltical drama of the twentieth century's most storied presidency.
At the dawn of the 1960s, a forty-three-year-old president and his thirty-one-year-old first lady – the youngest couple ever to occupy the White House – captivated the world with their easy elegance and their cool conviction that anything was possible.
The Fortune Hunters: Dazzling Women and the Men They Married
You'll meet today's dazzling successes in this book. What kind of woman does it take to make the Midas marriage? Exploring the lives of the great fortune hunters of our day, reporter and former gossip columnist Charlotte Hays answers this tantalizing question. Like diving for treasure, it's a real job. But contrary to what you may think, fortune hunting is no idle pursuit.
You'll learn about the south carolina woman who took a trip around the world with a shadowy shipping magnate, only to meet and marry a philandering marquis. You'll see what methods these women use to lure their powerful men, hurled a piece of bread at her intended beau, including one playful fortune seeker who, at a very high-society soirée, starting a food fight.
Some women strive to be CEOs; others prefer to wed them. You'll meet the new york socialite who remarried so quickly after a divorce, her ex claimed she was a bigamist. What are their recipes for riches? can a genuinely nice woman pursue this career? What does love have to do with it? With original interviews and photos, skill, Hays casts a light on the determination, and-yes, sometimes-ruthlessness that have shaped some of the most successful-and lucrative-unions of our time.
. From madame de pompadour, to pamela harriman, the famed mistress of Louis XV, who married into the English aristocracy and the American plutocracy, there is a rich history of women who have found glamour and wealth in the arms of a billionaire.
Daughter of Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten
Amid the turmoil, pamela came of age, meeting the student leaders who had been released from jail, working in the canteen for Allied forces and in a clinic outside Delhi. Dropped in for tea. Her parents’ vast social circle included royalty, film stars, celebrities, and politicians. She also developed a close bond with Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.
Cornelius vanderbilt, while the prime minister appointed her father to be the last Viceroy of India. However when war broke out Pamela and her sister were sent to New York to live with Mrs. Noel coward invited Pamela to watch him film, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. If you are addicted to downton abbey, chances are that you will relish daughter of Empire, a British aristocrat’s memoir of her childhood and coming of age…She is also a keen observer of a way of life now vanished, except on PBS” The Wall Street Journal.
Not many people remain who can tell stories like Lady Pamela Hicks” Vanity Fair. Lady pamela hicks’s joyously entertaining new memoir, arguably the poshest book that ever has or will be written” Newsweek, is a privileged glimpse into the lives and loves of some of the twentieth century’s leading figures.
Pamela mountbatten entered a remarkable family when she was born in Madrid at the very end of the “Roaring Twenties. Daughter of the glamorous heiress edwina ashley and lord louis Mountbatten, and servants—not to mention a menagerie of animals that included, Pamela spent much of her early life with her sister, nannies, chameleons, at different times, a bush baby, a honey bear, and a mongoose.
The Grit in the Pearl: The Scandalous Life of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll
The grit in the pearl is a meticulously researched and powerful biography, sex, privacy, the media, power, which acts as a potent lens on various themes in the last century: fame, and relationships between classes. Margaret, duchess of argyll 1912-1993 was an international celebrity in her youth, adored and observed by millions.
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. 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.
He produced, as his evidence, a set of sexually explicit Polaroid photographs and explosive love letters. The duke won a divorce, but this had a dramatic effect on Margaret's life. 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.
It uses hitherto unpublished sources, including taped conversations, an unexpurgated transcript of her divorce trial, interviews and letters.
The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe
Angela kelly, sir hardy amies, and ian thomas, building on the work of the great designers and milliners who have worked with Her Majesty through the years – including couturiers Sir Norman Hartnell, and milliners such as Simone Mirman and Freddy Fox – brings her own imagination to bear on an iconic ‘uniform’ that suggests continuity and tradition, and ensures that the wearer is always the most visible person in a room or a crowd.
Anna wintour, voguewhen angela Kelly and The Queen are together, laughter echoes through the corridors of Buckingham Palace. The book documents the unique working relationship between Her Majesty The Queen and the woman who has been her Personal Assistant and Senior Dresser for more than two decades: Angela Kelly.
A truly unique keepsake and collectors’ item to be treasured. For the nearly seven decades of her reign, Her Majesty The Queen has used clothing to create a powerful visual identity that transcends fashion and has made her perhaps the most readily identifiable person on the planet. The official book, fully endorsed by queen elizabeth iifrom her majesty’s trusted confidant and dresser angela kelly lvO comes a lavishly designed book of never-before-seen photos of The Queen, Her wardrobe and Her jewels and features intimate anecdotes from Angela’s 25-year career working closely with Her Majesty.
Angela has worked with the queen and walked the corridors of the Royal Household for twenty-five years, Curator, initially as Her Majesty’s Senior Dresser and then latterly as Her Majesty’s Personal Advisor, Wardrobe and In-house Designer. Sharing never-before-seen photographs – many from angela’s own private collection – and charming anecdotes of their time spent together, this revealing book provides memorable insights into what it’s like to work closely with The Queen, to curate her wardrobe and to discover a true and lasting connection along the way.
It gives a rare insight into the demands of the job of supporting the Monarch, and we gain privileged insight into a successful working relationship, characterized by humor, creativity, hard work, and a mutual commitment to service and duty.
The Riviera Set: Glitz, Glamour, and the Hidden World of High Society
After the war the story continued as the château changed hands and prince Aly Khan used it to entertain the Hollywood set, as well as launch his seduction of and eventual marriage to Rita HayworthBringing a bygone era back to life, Mary Lovell cements her spot as one of our top social historians in this captivating and evocative new book.
The author of the bestselling the sisters: the saga of the mitford family brings her trademark brio and relish to the charming and fascinating world of the Château de l'Horizon on the French RivieraThe Riviera Set reveals the story of the group of people who lived, partied, bed-hopped and politicked at the Château de l'Horizon near Cannes, over the course of forty years from the time when Coco Chanel made southern French tans fashionable in the twenties to the death of the playboy Prince Aly Khan in 1960.
At the heart of dynamic group was the amazing maxine elliott, the aga khan, who built the beautiful art deco Château and brought together the likes of Noel Coward, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and two very saucy courtesans, the daughter of a fisherman from Connecticut, Doris Castlerosse and Daisy Fellowes, who set out to be dangerous distractions to Winston Churchill as he worked on his journalism and biographies during his 'wilderness years' in the thirties.
A Scandalous Life: The Biography of Jane Digby Text only
In her quest for passionate fulfilment she had lovers which included an Austrian prince, King Ludvig I of Bavaria, and a Greek count whose infidelities drove her to the Orient. Their divorce a few years later was one of England s most scandalous at that time. The biography of jane digby, an ‘enthralling tale of a nineteenth-century beauty whose heart – and hormones – ruled her head.
Harpers and queena celebrated aristocratic beauty, Jane Digby married Lord Ellenborough at seventeen. In syria, a bedouin nobleman, she found the love of her life, Sheikh Medjuel el Mezrab who was twenty years her junior. Bestselling biographer mary lovell has produced from Jane Digby’s diaries not only a sympathetic and dramatic portrait of a rare woman, but a fascinating glimpse into the centuries-old Bedouin tradition that is now almost lost.
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Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill
Clementine is both the first real biography of this remarkable woman and a fascinating look inside their private world. Why, a finalist for the plutarch prize, then, do we know so little about her? In this landmark biography, Sonia Purnell finally gives Clementine Churchill her due. Yet their marriage proved to be an exceptional partnership.
Late in life, winston churchill claimed that victory in the Second World War would have been “impossible” without the woman who stood by his side for fifty-seven turbulent years. Engrossing…the first formal biography of a woman who has heretofore been relegated to the sidelines. The new york timesfrom the author of the new york times bestseller a Woman of No Importance, a long overdue tribute to the extraordinary woman who was Winston Churchill’s closest confidante, fiercest critic and shrewdest advisor that captures the intimate dynamic of one of history’s most fateful marriages.
You know, "winston confided to FDR, "I tell Clemmie everything. Through the ups and downs of his tumultuous career, at the expense of her family, Clementine made her husband’s career her mission, her health and, fatefully, in the tense days when he stood against Chamberlain and the many months when he helped inspire his fellow countrymen and women to keep strong and carry on, of her children.
Any real consideration of Winston Churchill is incomplete without an understanding of their relationship. Born into impecunious aristocracy, the young Clementine Hozier was the target of cruel snobbery. Sensitive yet clear-eyed, clementine tells the fascinating story of a complex woman struggling to maintain her own identity while serving as the conscience and principal adviser to one of the most important figures in history.