Little Gloria... Happy at Last

Little Gloria... Happy at Last By Barbara Goldsmith, Little Gloria Happy at Last Not even Hollywood in its heyday could have dreamed up a melodrama so electrifying as the one that swirled around year old Little Gloria Vanderbilt in when she became the object of a scandalou
  • Title: Little Gloria... Happy at Last
  • Author: Barbara Goldsmith
  • ISBN: 9780440151098
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Little Gloria... Happy at Last By Barbara Goldsmith, Not even Hollywood in its heyday could have dreamed up a melodrama so electrifying as the one that swirled around 10 year old Little Gloria Vanderbilt in 1934 when she became the object of a scandalous custody battle between her beautiful but poor, and none too bright, mother, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, and her rich, powerful aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney whose own p Not even Hollywood in its heyday could have dreamed up a melodrama so electrifying as the one that swirled around 10 year old Little Gloria Vanderbilt in 1934 when she became the object of a scandalous custody battle between her beautiful but poor, and none too bright, mother, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, and her rich, powerful aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney whose own private life included several lovers and a pseudonymous novel about lesbianism Taking the court case as her focal point, and documenting it every step of the way, Goldsmith has produced a book of fabulous readability It is the psychological perception she brings to her story that grips so intensely, however What she is chronicling is the whole passing parade of American and international high society at a time of tumultuous transition when the old guard was giving way to the new caf society And what a cast of characters she has everything from royals Thelma, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt s twin, was mistress to the Prince of Wales , grande dames, a rigid Irish Catholic Tammany judge, and a devoted, hideously possessive nurse, to the terrified little girl, told her mother might kill her Over it all loomed the aura of the Lindbergh kidnapping Goldsmith probes the motives, the secrets, the hidden longings of them all credibly and compassionately in a book that will sell and sell and sell This book has it all Publishers Weekly
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    About "Barbara Goldsmith"

    1. Barbara Goldsmith

      an American author, journalist, and philanthropist She received critical and popular acclaim for her best selling books, essays, articles, and her philanthropic work She was awarded four honoris causa doctorates, and numerous awards been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, two Presidential Commissions, and the New York State Council on the Arts and honored by The New York Public Library Literary Lions as well as the Literacy Volunteers, the American Academy in Rome, The Authors Guild, and the Guild Hall Academy of Arts for Lifetime Achievement In 2009, she received the Knight s Cross of the Order of Merit medal from the Republic of Poland In November 2008, Goldsmith was elected a Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy She has three children and six grandchildren The Financial Times declared that Goldsmith is leaving a legacy one of art, literature, friends, family and philanthropy.

    493 thoughts on “Little Gloria... Happy at Last”

    1. This book is truly fascinating I ve read it at least three times and never get tired of it There are so many different aspects to the story The real life personalities profiled are colorful, to say the least A must read for anyone interested in Gloria Vanderbilt, high society or sensational trials The book is extremely detailed and well researched There are times when it gets a little off track, going into back stories of people who aren t that important to the main story Over all it is a grippi [...]


    2. Custody of the child Gloria Vanderbilt and her multi million dollar trust fund is battled over in court between her glamorous world traveling socialite mother, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, and her extremely wealthy older aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney artist and founder of the Whitney Museum of Art in Manhattan It is the height of the Depression 1934 and no famous trial could be bigger or satisfying to Americans than this poor little rich girl s plight the wealthier lady won, but it was bad for [...]


    3. Read this a few times because it s a fascinating look into the world of Gloria Vanderbilt as a child and the sensational headlines of the custody battle surrounding her Little Gloria was a pawn in her mother s fight against her aunt Gertrude for custody after her father dies Never understanding the reasons why she was being fought for she put all her love and trust into her childhood nurse Dodo, who was eventually sent away In this book you get a real sense of Little Gloria s profound sadness an [...]


    4. Rooting around my book shelves I came upon my copy of LITTLE GLORIA which I had always wanted to read Especially since I loved Goldsmith s book OTHER POWERS We met Goldsmith in 2005 and she signed both of our books So I thought I would give it a try even though I was not in the mood to start another long and heavy book Especially one that was now some 34 years old It did not take long for the book to hook me with its subject and Goldsmith s research and sense of detail for the book reads like an [...]




    5. My sister was enthralled with this story when it was on TV, either as a made for TV movie, or a miniseries I can t remember which I didn t see the show, but I was intrigued enough to buy the book Evidently, however, not intrigued enough to actually READ the book until some 20 years later.The book chronicles how the Vanderbilts made their fortune and became prominent in New York Society, and how the near penniless Morgan twins, Thelma and Gloria, were swept up into that world That aspect of the s [...]


    6. A strange child, Gloria Vanderbilt was caught between warring mother and aunt, with spiked interventions on occasion by grandmother Why did Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney even want this child Like many upperclass offspring, it was nannies and butlers who were her everyday companions and child rearers in chief Barbara Goldsmith probes the crazy court shenanigans as the ladies battled for custody, and reveals the less than stellar early path of the women who emerged to create madly popular jeans rath [...]


    7. A rather slow, but good read if one is interested in this type of subject matter It shows how the rich lived back in the day and how Gloria Vanderbilt, Sr was intimidated into giving up custody of her child, Little Gloria, to Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the child s aunt Lots of photographs of the mansions on 5th Avenue in NYC, and the summer homes , all ostentatious than the last Interesting note in the 70 s, a Vanderbilt family reunion was held and their wasn t a millionaire among them These [...]


    8. This is such a juicy read Not just because it tells the back story on Gloria Vanderbilt, and quite a story that is, but because it gives you a picture of the very very rich who created New York City Along the way, learn fascinating details about how Gloria s family interacted with the Royal Family You won t forget this one Sex, romance, intrigue, tragedy, comedy, legal maneuverings, and it s all true.


    9. I really had no general opinion of biographies until I read this book I had read several other biographies, and hadn t come away with such a bad taste in my mouth I read this because it was recommended to me, and frankly found it disgusting Every detail that was revealed had me thinking and What business is this of mine I think I did finish it, but it pretty much soured me on biographies.


    10. This book is chock full of details It s comprised of mostly courtroom details but it s very compelling It ends rather quickly and should be sold as a book about the case rather than anything else I found myself getting frustrated at the idiocy of the judicial system during the trial and the incompetency of the lawyers and judges but alas it was a different time and values were different.


    11. This book should put paid to the notion that money makes you happy for ever Get out the Kleenex for poor Gloria s unhappy but nonetheless fascinating story She was a survivor alright Well written.


    12. The story of the custody battle over little Gloria Vanderbilt yes, THAT Gloria Vanderbilt , interesting also for the life of the wealthy in New York at the time, and specifically the Vanderbilts.


    13. The early chapters are fascinating and a pleasure to read, but once the narrative moves to the legal proceedings, Goldsmith s text becomes almost as tedious as a trial transcript.



    14. At one time I had my own personal copy I bought at a street fair in NYC Shocking custody battle of heiress Gloria Vanderbilt


    15. A good telling of her story, but leaves out some important details Assumes too much knowledge of the family history.




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