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Cinderella and the Carpetbagger: My Life as the Wife of the
     

Cinderella and the Carpetbagger: My Life as the Wife of the "World's Best Selling Author", Harold Robbins

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by Grace Robbins
 
Harold Robbins's steamy books were once more widely read than the Bible. His novels sold more than 750 million copies and created the sex-power-glamour genre of popular literature that would go on to influence authors from Jackie Collins and Jacqueline Susann to TV shows like Dallas and Dynasty.

What readers don't know is that Robbins—whom the media had dubbed

Overview

Harold Robbins's steamy books were once more widely read than the Bible. His novels sold more than 750 million copies and created the sex-power-glamour genre of popular literature that would go on to influence authors from Jackie Collins and Jacqueline Susann to TV shows like Dallas and Dynasty.

What readers don't know is that Robbins—whom the media had dubbed the "prince of sex and scandal"—actually "researched" the free-wheeling escapades depicted in his books himself . . . along with his drop-dead, gorgeous wife, Grace. Now, in this revealing tell-all, for the first time ever, Grace Robbins rips the covers off the real life of the international best-selling author.

The 1960s and '70s were decades like no others—radical, experimental, libertine. Grace Robbins chronicles the rollicking good times, peppering her memoir with anecdotes of her encounters with luminaries from the world of entertainment and the arts—not to mention most of Hollywood. The couple was at the center of a globetrotting jet set, with mansions in Beverly Hills, villas and yachts on the French Riviera and Acapulco.

Their life rivaled—and often surpassed—that of the characters in his books. Champagne flowed, cocaine was abundant, and sex in the pre-AIDS era was embraced with abandon. Along the way, the couple agreed to a "modern marriage," that Harold insisted upon.

With charm, introspection, and humor, Grace lays open her fascinating, provocative roller-coaster ride of a life—her own Cinderella tale.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Purportedly a look into the lifestyles of the rich and famous, this memoir from popular author Harold Robbins's former wife Grace falls flat. Harold penned long, steamy novels like The Carpetbaggers, whose characters are based on real life Hollywood figures like Howard Hughes. Grace opens her remembrance of their life together with an attention-getting scene, reluctantly hosting a sex party in her home at her husband's behest. From there the story becomes a dull, lengthy chronicle of their marriage from beginning to end. The early days look promising: she is swept off her feet by the charismatic and married Harold while she herself is married to a deadbeat, alcoholic artist. Villas and yachts follow, but inevitably things turn sour. Harold informs her that in order to "research" his novels, he must sleep with other women. Later, ill and wheelchair-bound at 75, he leaves Grace for her personal secretary, Jann, whom he marries and who would inherit his fortune after his death. Unfortunately, the book is only slightly salacious and mostly depressing. Even ardent Robbins fans may shudder at the unpleasant human this book makes him out to be. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780988284821
Publisher:
Bettie Youngs Book Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.03(d)

What People are Saying About This

Jackie Collins
Grace Robbins has written an explosive tell-all about one of my favorite authors—the wild and wonderful Harold Robbins. He did it . . . . She did it . . . . And then he wrote about it . . . Sexy fun.
— Jackie Collins
Rex Reed
If you want the hot skinny on one of the world's most interesting authors, Harold Robbins, look no further than one of the world's most interesting women, his wife. Grace was always as much a part of the royal Hollywood social scene as Harold. They enlivened every major event I ever attended, and when they went home, they left everyone with something to talk about. Now Grace gets it all down on paper, remembering everything, and leaving out nothing. Every anecdote in "Cinderella and the Carpetbagger" is worth repeating. Every chapter is worth reading twice. Misunderstood as often as he was toasted, Harold was one in a million. He gave as good as he got, and thank god Grace was in the background, taking notes for posterity. I laughed, I wallowed in nostalgia for a time that will never come again, when people were originals and fame was something you could take to the bank. I gulped down every juicy minute of this funny, outrageous memoir. Do not take a pill before you go to bed with this book, because you will not be able to put it down until the sun comes up. —REX REED
Robin Leach
This racy romp through a life and style nobody could dare dream of is so sizzling and hot you'd better wear gloves to turn the pages! It's the fastest high-speed roller coaster through the valley of the rich to the mountain of the famous so buckle up for a ride unlike any other. You have been warned. It's HOT! Very hot! Dangerously hot! Sexually hot! It couldn't get any hotter—and that's just one page of the orgy party in the hills of Hollywood. Little wonder then when Harold Robbins was alive and the center of every party he was hailed as the man whose life was even bigger, better, bolder than the tall tales he created for his books! —Robin Leach, Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous
Barry Krost
The book is a fascinating and racy frothy read—magnificently written, and built with plenty of scandalous and salacious detail.
—Barry Krost, award-winning producer

Meet the Author

Grace Robbins, an original “Beverly Hills Housewife,” is currently working on a film script about her life.

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Cinderella and the Carpetbagger: My Life as the Wife of the "World's Best Selling Author", Harold Robbins 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Gina04 More than 1 year ago
Not really my kind of book but a very interesting read. I felt like I was reading from her diary in some parts of the book.