Once Upon a Time: A True Story

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 1985 - Biography & Autobiography - 301 pages
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The celebrity artist and designer recreates the glamour and terror of her childhood when she became a legend as the "poor little rich girl" during a notorious custody trial and vividly depicting the adults who loved and battled over her

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User Review  - mahallett - LibraryThing

her memories of her early childhood were interesting. she understood very little of what was happening to her and she writes it that way. she wants to ask question but senses that the adults around her don't want questions so she doesn't ask but always yearns to know. Read full review


User Review  - Baranie Nunn - Goodreads

This book was really intriguing. It is an autobiography and really captures the way a child views their world based on their experience. I have heard of her, but really was able to understand the ... Read full review


All photographs not otherwise credited are from the authors private collection vii Gloria aged four Courtesy of Anne Hartwell 2 Baby Gloria and her ...
Gloria and her mother
The beautiful Twins Aunt Toto and Glorias mother Photo by Dorothy Wilding

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About the author (1985)

Heiress and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt was born in New York City, New York in February 1924. She studied art at the Art Students League of New York and successfully worked in oil, watercolor, and pastel. Vanderbilt designed for linens, china, glassware, and flatware, and in the 1970s she began licensing the use of her name in fashion lines of scarves, eyeglasses, perfume, and clothing. In 1979 her designer jeans debuted, and she later began her own company in New York. Vanderbilt has written books including "A Mother's Story" and several novels.

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