Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend

Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend

by Meryl Gordon

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Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend by Meryl Gordon


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455588749
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 40,925
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author


Meryl Gordon is the author of the New York Times bestselling Mrs. Astor Regrets and Phantom of Fifth Avenue, a Wall Street Journal bestseller. She is an award-winning journalist and a regular contributor to Vanity Fair. She is on the graduate journalism faculty at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She is considered an expert on "elder abuse" and has appeared on NPR, CNN and other outlets whenever there is a high-profile case.

Table of Contents

All Illustrations Bunny Mellon

Chapter 1 President Kennedy Has a Request 1

Chapter 2 Fifty Summers Later 9

Chapter 3 The Auction of the Decade 14

Chapter 4 Childhood Treasures: A Bottle and a Book 27

Chapter 5 The Making of a Young Gardener 43

Chapter 6 Tally-Ho in Virginia 54

Chapter 7 The Debutante Dances Through the Depression 67

Chapter 8 A Courteous Girl and a Thorough Gentleman 77

Chapter 9 Paul Mellon's Rebellion 88

Chapter 10 The War Years 107

Chapter 11 Millions of Reasons to Remarry 127

Chapter 12 The Best-Dressed List 151

Chapter 13 A Constant Gardener 171

Chapter 14 The Best Friends 191

Chapter 15 A Rose by Any Other Name 205

Chapter 16 November 22, 1963 221

Chapter 17 Carrying On 229

Chapter 18 1968 253

Chapter 19 Paul and Bunny in Love-with Others 267

Chapter 20 The Spending of a Robber Baron Fortune 285

Chapter 21 The Book Stops Here 309

Chapter 22 Entertaining the Royals (Again) 331

Chapter 23 Exits and Entrances 355

Chapter 24 Enduring the Unendurable 377

Chapter 25 A Perilous Political Affair 399

Chapter 26 The FBI Makes House Calls 420

Chapter 27 Everything Should Be Noticed 438

Acknowledgments 453

Sources 461

Bibliography 495

Index 499

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