The World of Gloria Vanderbilt, Signed to Betsy Bloomingdale
[Signed Presentation to Betsy Bloomingdale] Goodman, Wendy. The World of Gloria Vanderbilt. First Edition. 2010. Book and dust jacket are both in very good condition. Book is inscribed on the flyleaf, “To Betsy, Gloria Vanderbilt, All my best to you.” Book is inscribed by Wendy Goodman on the half title page "To Betsy, with all best wishes! WG."
As this image-filled coffee table book makes clear, what an extraordinary and original life Gloria Vanderbilt has led. She has made headlines and remained relevant every decade in which she has lived, beginning with the famous Depression-era custody battle between her mother and aunt. She was a childhood chum of Truman Capote (along with her best friends Carol Matthau and Oona Chaplin). And though she possessed a distinctive style and swam in the same body of water as Capote's legendary "swans," she never quite became one of them. Alas, the truth is they were meant to be reflections of the powerful men they married, and Gloria was much too independent to be so limited. Betsy Bloomingdale, to whom this copy is inscribed, is actually pictured in the book—she was a bridesmaid at Gloria’s first wedding.
“Although I never thought I was beautiful, the looks I had worked for me.”