Fatal Charms and The Mansions of Limbo

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Dominick Dunne has met them all—stars and slugs, criminals and victims, the innocent and the hideously guilty—and now his two provocative collections of Vanity Fair portraits are in one irresistible volume. From posh Park Avenue duplexes to the extravagant mansions of Beverly Hills, from tasteful London town houses to the wild excesses of million-dollar European retreats, here are the movers and shakers—and the people who pretend to be.

Among colorful profiles and revealing ...

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Overview

Dominick Dunne has met them all—stars and slugs, criminals and victims, the innocent and the hideously guilty—and now his two provocative collections of Vanity Fair portraits are in one irresistible volume. From posh Park Avenue duplexes to the extravagant mansions of Beverly Hills, from tasteful London town houses to the wild excesses of million-dollar European retreats, here are the movers and shakers—and the people who pretend to be.

Among colorful profiles and revealing glimpses of Elizabeth Taylor, Claus von Bülow, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Aaron Spelling, discover who dumped an heiress the night before the wedding to run off with the best man . . . what happens when the ex-husband of a movie legend becomes president . . . why a beautiful singer fell in with the mob . . . and, in Dunne's most personal story, how a lying murderer and a limelight-loving judge denied justice to his family after his daughter's life was brutally destroyed.

Filled with pathos and wit, insight and sass, this candid, controversial volume gives you an extraordinary peek into the rarefied world of the rich, the royal, and the ruined. For Dunne is the man who knows all their secrets—and now those secrets are out.

A masterful chronicle of the foibles and indulgences of the 1980s from the New York Times bestselling author's Vanity Fair columns. Dunne profiles the movie legend who remains the only divorced wife of a U.S. president, the lavish wedding-that-never-was between an heiress and a counterfeit prince, the brutal slaying of a film mogul and his wife, and more, as he takes a peek into a rarified world where opulence reigns.

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"Like sitting in an exclusive retaurant, listening to a plummy voiced intimate of the rich and famous tell us all about their foibles and follies."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345430595
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 797,581
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dominick Dunne, an internationally acclaimed journalist and bestselling author, he wrote both fiction and nonfiction, including Another City, Not My Own; A Season in Purgatory; An Inconvenient Woman; People Like Us; and The Mansions of Limbo.
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Table of Contents

Introduction to This Edition
A Word on a Late Start 3
Justice: A Father's Account of the Trial of His Daughter's Killer 6
The Woman Who Knew Too Little 44
Candy's Dynasty 56
Imelda in Exile 65
Beverly Hills Coup 85
Lazarama 94
The Mortimer's Bunch 96
The Women of Palm Beach 106
Ava Now 121
Hide-and-Seek with Diane Keaton 126
The Red Queen 137
Gloria's Euphoria 146
Fatal Charm: The Social Web of Claus von Bulow 157
Introduction 195
Nightmare on Elm Drive 198
Queens of the Road 231
Teardown 243
High Roller: The Phyllis McGuire Story 256
Social Death in Venice 271
Khashoggi's Fall: A Crash in the Limo Lane 283
Memento Mori 304
The Passion of Baron Thyssen 319
Jane's Turn 342
It's a Family Affair 354
Grandiosity: The Fall of Roberto Polo 368
Danse Macabre: The Rockefeller and the Ballet Boys 397
The Windsor Epilogue 420
Robert Mapplethorpe's Proud Finale 434
The Light of Hussein 449
Paris When It Sizzles 469
Three Faces of Evil 487
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