Bunny Mellon

The Life of an American Style Legend
Narrated by: Vanessa Cortland
Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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 cooperation 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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Meryl Gordon (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"With an eye for telling detail balanced by nuanced understanding, Meryl Gordon explores Bunny Mellon's impeccably designed homes and gardens as well as the marital deceptions, family tragedies, intense friendships, and political intrigues. A tale of surprising creativity and resilience." (Sally Bedell Smith, author of Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life)
"Meryl Gordon's heroic reporting and shrewd insights have given us a fully drawn portrait of one of the 20th century's most compelling figures, by turns warmhearted and cold-blooded, coping with an emptiness no treasure chests of jewels and art could fill." (Jeff Greenfield, author of If Kennedy Lived)
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Amazing story. Amazing life.

This is truly a history lesson for a time gone by. Excellently written and read.

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Well written bio.

Meryl Gordon does a great job telling the story of these famous but unknown people. Vanessa Cortland has a lovely voice to listen to but it is really important in an audible book to pronounce the names of people and locations correctly. Like fingers on a blackboard. This is also the fault of the producer. To get Jann Webber’s wrong after all of his decades st Rolling Stone is inexcusable. If you are going to read a story about famous people and places know them.

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Full of history.

A lot I didn't know about 1940, 50 and 60's Virginia horse country. Very worth the time. Best book I read all year.

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A stunning and enjoyable biography

This remarkable life story of a woman whose belief she was "ordinary" was a chance to witness history that happened because of a few well intentioned people in the right place with the means to make a difference. Bunny Mellon had considerable talent, not always a saint, but genuinely made a difference to the landscape of history. Reading the book felt like a glimpse into the American aristocracy.

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An honest and interested story

Well written story of a simple billionaire spanning over 100 years. A ratified atmosphere is described in great detail.

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Most delightful book I've ever listed to

Vanessa Cortlands voice is only equivalent to drinking a dark red while eating truffle-salted, grilled, portobello mushrooms. Her voice is dark, rich and earthy, complementing beautifully, though unexpectedly, with the American Heiress Bunny Mellon.
This is not a rag to riches story. This is a story about a woman who existed in the crust of society all her life. Bunny's life is not a sea of rapids rather it is sailing on a beautiful lake; a gust of wind may tilt the boat but in the end she is always back on land, hat straight and smiling.
Unlike other notable figures, what Bunny Mellon had was time. Indeed she lived to one hundred and three. And in this time she cultivated life-long friendships with presidents first wives, she was a mother, an art collector, a decorator, advisor, and one of the few people, always, with an inside view. Shining above all you will find Bunny the Horticulturalist, building one of the most recognizable gardens in the world.
A truly great listen, it's as easy, and intricate, as listening to Frank Sinatra.

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Boring!!

This book is about a poor little spoiled rich girl and their spoiled rich friends. Way to long and very self absorbed. I couldn’t finish this book, wry dream out and BORING!!!!

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Fascinating story!

I did not expect this book to be so fascinating. It gave me a birds eye view into American history while telling this very interesting story of Bunny Mellon. Her story didn't begin with her marriage to Paul Mellon.... her story began the day she was born.

I have already recommended this book to all my friends and family members.... male and femaie.

Love, love, loved it!!!!

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Fascinating

Well written and read. Spellbinding could not resist learning about the lives of America's wealthiest society.. Very enjoyable.

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What a story!

Was a delight to read!! I learned so much about Bunny Mellon and her family, fashion, hobbies, and life.