A Little Thing Called Life: On Loving Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner, and Songs in Between

A Little Thing Called Life: On Loving Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner, and Songs in Between

by Linda Thompson

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Overview

Award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson breaks her silence, sharing the extraordinary story of her life, career, and epic romances with two of the most celebrated, yet enigmatic, modern American superstars—Elvis Presley and Bruce Jenner

For the last forty years, award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson has quietly led one of the most remarkable lives in show business. The longtime live-in love of Elvis Presley, Linda first emerged into the limelight during the 1970s when the former beauty pageant queen caught the eye of the King. Their chance late-night encounter at a movie theater was the stuff of legend, and it marked the beginning of a whirlwind that would stretch across decades, leading to a marriage with Bruce Jenner, motherhood, and more drama than she ever could have imagined.

Now, for the first time, Linda opens up about it all, telling the full story of her life, loves, and everything in between. From her humble beginnings in Memphis to her nearly five-year relationship with Elvis, she offers an intimate window into their life together, describing how their Southern roots fueled and sustained Graceland’s greatest romance. Going inside their wild stories and tender moments, she paints a portrait of life with the King, as raucous as it is refreshing. But despite the joy they shared, life with Elvis also had darkness, and her account also presents an unsparing look at Elvis’s twin demons—drug abuse and infidelity—forces he battled throughout their time together that would eventually end their relationship just eight months before his untimely death.

It was in the difficult aftermath of Elvis’s death that Linda found what she believed was her true home: the arms of Olympic gold medal—winner Bruce Jenner. Detailing her marriage to Bruce, Linda reveals the seemingly perfect life that they built with their two young sons—Brandon and Brody—before Bruce changed everything with a secret he’d been carrying his entire life, a secret that Linda herself kept for nearly thirty years, a secret that Bruce’s transition to Caitlyn Jenner has finally laid bare for the world. Providing a candid look inside one of the most challenging moments of her life, Linda uncovers the struggles she went through as a woman and a mother, coming to terms with the reality of Bruce’s identity and resolving to embrace him completely no matter what, even as it meant they could no longer be together.  

And yet, despite her marriage unraveling, her search for love was not over, eventually leading her to the legendary music producer and musician David Foster—a relationship that lasted for nineteen tumultuous years, resulting in a bond that spurred her songwriting career to new heights but also tested her like never before. Filled with compelling and poignant stories and sixteen pages of photographs, A Little Thing Called Life lovingly recounts Linda’s incredible journey through the years, bringing unparalleled insight into three legendary figures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062469762
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/23/2016
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 79,446
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Linda Thompson has been nominated for an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and won an Emmy Award for writing some of the most recognized songs of a generation. She starred on the long-running hit television series Hee Haw for fifteen years, as well as the reality show Princes of Malibu with her sons, Brandon and Brody Jenner. She lives in Malibu, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 The King Is Gone 1

Chapter 2 Made in Memphis 8

Chapter 3 Love at First Sight 20

Chapter 4 A Vegas Fairy Tale 37

Chapter 5 The Other Elvis 55

Chapter 6 TCB with TLC 78

Chapter 7 A Little Breathing Room 94

Chapter 8 You'll Always Be Safe with Me 110

Chapter 9 Our Hospital Home 128

Chapter 10 The Pain of Too Much Tenderness 143

Chapter 11 Hee Haw Honey 161

Chapter 12 A Final Goodbye at Graceland 170

Chapter 13 Gold Medal Love 180

Chapter 14 A Model Family 199

Chapter 15 I Married a Woman 217

Chapter 16 Music and Lyrics by Us 233

Chapter 17 Navigating Life 248

Chapter 18 No Filter 257

Chapter 19 Voices That Care 270

Chapter 20 No Hallmark Memories 279

Chapter 21 Academy Award-Nominated Songwriter 295

Chapter 22 Villa Casablanca 302

Chapter 23 Party of One 318

Chapter 24 Princes of Malibu 333

Chapter 25 Caitlyn Coming Out 345

Acknowledgments 363

Song Credits 367

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