It Seemed Important at the Time: A Romance Memoir
An elegant, witty, frank, touching, and deeply personal account of the loves both great and fleeting in the life of one of America's most celebrated and fabled women.
Born to great wealth yet kept a virtual prisoner by the custody battle that raged between her proper aunt and her self-absorbed, beautiful mother, Gloria Vanderbilt grew up in a special world. Stunningly beautiful herself, yet insecure and with a touch of wildness, she set out at a very early age to find romance. And find it she did. There were love affairs with Howard Hughes, Bill Paley, and Frank Sinatra, to name a few, and one-night stands, which she writes about with delicacy and humor, including one with the young Marlon Brando. There were marriages to men as diverse as Pat De Cicco, who abused her; the legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski, who kept his innermost secrets from her; film director Sidney Lumet; and finally writer Wyatt Cooper, the love of her life.
Now, in an irresistible memoir that is at once ruthlessly forthright, supremely stylish, full of fascinating details, and deeply touching, Gloria Vanderbilt writes at last about the subject on which she has hitherto been silent: the men in her life, why she loved them, and what each affair or marriage meant to her. This is the candid and captivating account of a life that has kept gossip writers speculating for years, as well as Gloria's own intimate description of growing up, living, marrying, and loving in the glare of the limelight and becoming, despite a family as famous and wealthy as America has ever produced, not only her own person but an artist, a designer, a businesswoman, and a writer of rare distinction.
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Review: It Seemed Important at the Time: A Romance MemoirUser Review - Alaine - Goodreads
This was an extremely quick read, just a few hours. There could have been more dirt, but I guess Gloria took the high road. Read full review
Review: It Seemed Important at the Time: A Romance MemoirUser Review - Darlene Payne - Goodreads
Very flighty book. Ms Vanderbilt writes about love as if she were a 15 year old girl instead of an almost 80 year old woman, which she was when this book was written. This book is just about her love affairs, so anyone wanting to know more about Ms Vanderbilt should read one of her other books. Read full review