Bunny Mellon

Bunny Mellon

With the co-operation of Bunny Mellon's family, author Meryl Gordon received access to thousands of pages of her letters, diaries and appointment calendars and has interviewed more than 175 people to capture the spirit of this talented ...

Author: Meryl Gordon

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 1455588725

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * AN AMAZON BEST BOOK OF THE MONTH IN BIOGRAPHIES & MEMOIRS A new biography of Bunny Mellon, the style icon and American aristocrat who designed the White House Rose Garden for her friend JFK and served as a living witness to 20th Century American history, operating in the high-level arenas of politics, diplomacy, art and fashion. Bunny Mellon, who died in 2014 at age 103, was press-shy during her lifetime. With the co-operation of Bunny Mellon's family, author Meryl Gordon received access to thousands of pages of her letters, diaries and appointment calendars and has interviewed more than 175 people to capture the spirit of this talented American original.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Bunny Mellon

Bunny Mellon

Title: Bunny Mellon : The Life of an American Style Legend / Meryl Gordon. Description: First edition. |New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2017. | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2017016493| ISBN ...

Author: Meryl Gordon

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781455588732

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 528

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A biography of Bunny Mellon, the style icon and American aristocrat who designed the White House Rose Garden for her friend JFK and served as a living witness to 20th Century American history, operating in the high-level arenas of politics, diplomacy, art and fashion. Bunny Mellon, who died in 2014 at age 103, was press-shy during her lifetime. With the co-operation of Bunny Mellon's family, author Meryl Gordon received access to thousands of pages of her letters, diaries and appointment calendars and has interviewed more than 175 people to capture the spirit of this talented American original.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

I ll Build a Stairway to Paradise

I ll Build a Stairway to Paradise

A Life of Bunny Mellon Mac Griswold ... They left with Bunny's assertion: Gordon, American Style Legend, 429. “She knew all about the women”: Meryl Gordon, “Bunny Mellon the Secret-Keeper,” Newsweek, July 25, 2011; Langella, ...

Author: Mac Griswold

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9780374714529

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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"I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise is like an exquisite string of pearls: the perfect balance of elegance, style, design, and beauty. This book is inspiring, spirited, and totally absorbing." —Diane von Furstenberg The story of Bunny Mellon, the great landscape and interior designer, becomes a revelatory exploration of extreme wealth in the American century. Bunny Mellon, whose life was marked by astonishing good fortune as well as tragedy and scandal, remains a singular figure in the annals of American design. She had her finger on the pulse of American culture and possessed a rare, once-in-a-generation sense of style and grace. Her most celebrated work—the White House Rose Garden, designed during the presidency of John F. Kennedy—demonstrated how formal restraint and the sparing use of color could be deployed to maximal effect. Later, her understated landscape design for the Kennedy gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery changed the face of American public memorials. A famously private person, many of Mellon’s greatest achievements remained concealed from public view. Her rarely seen gardens and domestic interiors at eight different properties on three continents became legends and models. At Oak Spring Farm in Virginia, the bibliographic riches of her Garden Library were twinned with the expansive flowering gardens lying below the Edward Larrabee Barnes-designed building. At her home on Nantucket, she pruned back the landscape to reveal the elemental forms of nature. Mellon also ranked as one of the great art collectors of her era, encouraging her husband Paul to use his family’s vast wealth to acquire hundreds of nineteenth century French paintings, many of which were donated to the National Gallery of Art. Her own tastes ranged from Mark Rothko to Richard Diebenkorn—in quantity. In I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise, Mac Griswold—who knew Mellon personally—delves into her subject’s closely-guarded personal archives to construct an unrivaled portrait of a woman as complex and multifaceted as the gardens and homes on which she left her mark. This book explores the tension between Mellon’s idea of herself as a “poor little rich girl” and her own enterprising spirit. Mellon tested the anodyne 1950s model of woman as-wife-as-mother by getting a divorce, admitting candidly to her first husband that she wanted a richer one. She imperiously traded old friends for new, and ultimately used her reputation, her connections, and above all her money to help fund John Edwards’s short-lived presidential campaign. She led an American version of a royal court that, over the years, included Jackie Kennedy, Hubert de Givenchy, and I.M. Pei. How Mellon’s character, style, and taste developed together to produce her greatest accomplishments—private and public—is the real subject of this biography.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Last Castle

The Last Castle

—Meryl Gordon, author of Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend “The many diverting detours Kiernan takes make the book enticing for even those who will never set foot on Biltmore grounds ...

Author: Denise Kiernan

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781476794068

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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A New York Times bestseller with an "engaging narrative and array of detail” (The Wall Street Journal), the “intimate and sweeping” (Raleigh News & Observer) untold, true story behind the Biltmore Estate—the largest, grandest private residence in North America, which has seen more than 120 years of history pass by its front door. The story of Biltmore spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family, and features a captivating cast of real-life characters including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. Orphaned at a young age, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser claimed lineage from one of New York’s best known families. She grew up in Newport and Paris, and her engagement and marriage to George Vanderbilt was one of the most watched events of Gilded Age society. But none of this prepared her to be mistress of Biltmore House. Before their marriage, the wealthy and bookish Vanderbilt had dedicated his life to creating a spectacular European-style estate on 125,000 acres of North Carolina wilderness. He summoned the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted to tame the grounds, collaborated with celebrated architect Richard Morris Hunt to build a 175,000-square-foot chateau, filled it with priceless art and antiques, and erected a charming village beyond the gates. Newlywed Edith was now mistress of an estate nearly three times the size of Washington, DC and benefactress of the village and surrounding rural area. When fortunes shifted and changing times threatened her family, her home, and her community, it was up to Edith to save Biltmore—and secure the future of the region and her husband’s legacy. This is the fascinating, “soaring and gorgeous” (Karen Abbott) story of how the largest house in America flourished, faltered, and ultimately endured to this day.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Wallis in Love

Wallis in Love

Sarah Bradford, author of America's Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Queen Elizabeth II and George VI ... Meryl Gordon, author of Phantom of Fifth Avenue and Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend WALLIS IN ...

Author: Andrew Morton

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 9781782437239

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 392

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. Sunday Times bestselling author Andrew Morton reveals new information and sources that totally transform our perception of Wallis Simpson. Wallis in Love brings a fascinating new perspective on the 20th century's most controversial royal scandal. Andrew Morton's impeccable research and unerring skill for riveting storytelling combine to present a strong case for a new and startling reveal: that the woman who rocked the world with her uncompromising passion for the Prince of Wales may have fooled everyone by keeping the object of her true passion hidden away... From her relatively lowly beginnings in America - where young Wallis and her mother were dependent on her domineering and powerful Uncle Sol, to her rise through the social ranks and her determination to one day beat men at their own game - to the ultimate conquest of the Prince of Wales, Morton paints a vivid and multi-faceted picture of a compelling, ambitious and often hard-hearted woman, who may have won the jewel in the British crown but very possibly at the expense of her true happiness. Wallis in Love reveals the men Wallis truly loved, the men who broke her heart - and the hearts she broke in turn. In this vivid, fresh and frankly amazing portrait of the Duchess of Windsor, Morton draws on interviews, secret letters, diaries and never before seen or heard primary sources. From the day she was born in a ramshackle cottage in the hills to revealing what really happened the night her husband died, Morton paints a fresh and enticing portrait of the Duchess of Windsor.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Spy Games

Spy Games

Warned not to reveal their secret wartime lives, many remained silent about their valuable service. ... writing at N.Y.U.'s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, is the author of “Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend.

Author: The New York Times Editorial Staff

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 9781642823523

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 224

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Since the mid-nineteenth century, the main drivers of clandestine activity have been wars, crime, and international espionage. The need to obtain and pass along secret information exists so that one group can gain dominance over another, whether through victory in conflicts, seizure of land, or stealing money. Spies may be a constant, but so are the code breakers, those hardworking heroes who use their intelligence and drive to overcome whatever challenges arise from enemies or thieves. This comprehensive collection of New York Times coverage gives a behind-the-scenes look at the high stakes drama created by dangerous secrets, with media literacy terms and questions included to further draw readers in.
Categories: Young Adult Nonfiction

Brief Encounters

Brief Encounters

The American socialite Bunny Mellon invited the royal couple to her Virginia estate to meet some young blood ( which was ... Kennedy's infidelities , Diana went in for Americanstyle , tell - all self - revelation through the media .

Author: Edwin Moore

Publisher: Chambers Harrap Pub Limited

ISBN: 0550103503

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 167

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A collection of 100 meetings between famous people and the events that followed those meetings.Ranging from Cyrus the Great in the sixth century B.C. to Bill Clinton during the 2000 presidential campaign, "Brief Encounters" covers the meetings of many famous (and some not-so-famous) people throughout the ages. Each entry puts the people in context with what was happening politically, describes the meeting, and then gives a paragraph about what happened next. All entries are cross-referenced.A few sample entries:*The year 452: Pope Leo I persurades Attila the Hun not to attack Rome*1786: Walter Scott meets Robert Burns and is impressed by his Eye*1812: Beethoven meets Goethe (and snubs the Austrian empress)*1922: Proust, Joyce, Diaghilev, Stravinsky, and Picasso share a night at the Majestic
Categories: Business & Economics

New York

New York

... as well as the usual " American Masters " rundown on the facts of her life , from running numbers on the street to ... the movie's last several frames , as if somewhere a centerfold rotted away so he could go on bunny - hopping .

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105029371312

Category: New York (N.Y.)

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Categories: New York (N.Y.)