It Seemed Important at the Time: A Romance Memoir

It Seemed Important at the Time: A Romance Memoir

by Gloria Vanderbilt


View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Tuesday, September 24


An elegant, witty, frank, touching, and deeply personal account of the loves both great and fleeting in the life of one of America's most celebrated and fabled women.

Born to great wealth yet kept a virtual prisoner by the custody battle that raged between her proper aunt and her self-absorbed, beautiful mother, Gloria Vanderbilt grew up in a special world. Stunningly beautiful herself, yet insecure and with a touch of wildness, she set out at a very early age to find romance. And find it she did. There were love affairs with Howard Hughes, Bill Paley, and Frank Sinatra, to name a few, and one-night stands, which she writes about with delicacy and humor, including one with the young Marlon Brando. There were marriages to men as diverse as Pat De Cicco, who abused her; the legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski, who kept his innermost secrets from her; film director Sidney Lumet; and finally writer Wyatt Cooper, the love of her life.

Now, in an irresistible memoir that is at once ruthlessly forthright, supremely stylish, full of fascinating details, and deeply touching, Gloria Vanderbilt writes at last about the subject on which she has hitherto been silent: the men in her life, why she loved them, and what each affair or marriage meant to her. This is the candid and captivating account of a life that has kept gossip writers speculating for years, as well as Gloria's own intimate description of growing up, living, marrying, and loving in the glare of the limelight and becoming, despite a family as famous and wealthy as America has ever produced, not only her own person but an artist, a designer, a businesswoman, and a writer of rare distinction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439189825
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 11/20/2009
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 195,902
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Read an Excerpt

Chapter One: Romance

In romance what do you seek? Something new and Other, although you don't quite know what it is? For me romance is a yearning not fully conscious, but what I find is always the search for something else, a renewal and a hope for transformation. The creative risk-taking of passionate love not only gives you the chance to change the past, it gives the imagination one more chance at an exciting future.

Copyright © 2004 by Gloria Vanderbilt

Table of Contents


Like a pack of tarot cards

haphazardly thrown out on a table —

pick one, turn it over, turn the page...



The Scarlet Sting of Scandal

Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolves

The Great Thing

Wedded Bliss...

Happy Birthday

My Mummy — Later

Much, Much Later...

Fantasia with Stokowski

Breakfast at Tiffany's with the Tiny Terror

Bill Paley and the Tiny Terror

Dinner Chez Brando

There's That Phone Call...

Miracle and Me

King Arthur and Lady Guinevere

A Red Rose

Of Pink Tongues and How Serious and Sincere It All Was

Fortune Cookies

Over the Rainbow at Ten Gracie Square

Fast Forward...

Le Divorce

Once There Was a Couple...

Rock Bottom

The Fantast

Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Another Part of the Forest


Hazel Kelly

Someone Like You


Quite by Chance

What Are You Going to Wear?

Long Distance


Photography Credits

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

It Seemed Important at the Time: A Romance Memoir 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
Disjointed and without history. You have to know her background in order to make sense of who she is and why she is. It's not so much a memoir as a piece of abstract literature.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a surprisingly quick read but with very little substance. It also seems a little fantastic at times, a little surreal. She tends to write about her life as a one-dimensional story. It's missing the real complexities of life - which I'm sure are very present in her life. Nothing is thought out in very great detail. But entertaining nonetheless.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Very earthy and honest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not much substance. Very little feeling. OK as a summer beach read, otherwise not worth the time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read other books on her life that were far more interesting. Who were her friends what did she do for fun, what places did she go or hang out. Where is the meat to this?
David Henderson More than 1 year ago
This is not an in depth look into Gloria's life. It is more of a general overview.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jenni-Yukon More than 1 year ago
I like the way this book is written, but I would have loved more scoop!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago