The book that started it all...
Today marks the 1st year anniversary of writer, Dominick Dunne's, death. I first heard of Mr. Dunne back in 1985 when I read, in Vanity Fair magazine, that he was writing a book based on the 1955 murder of society figure, William Woodward, Jr. by his wife, Anna Woodward, a former showgirl. Looking for something interesting to read, I ran out and bought "The Two Mrs Grenvilles." It was a book filled with murder, sex, drugs, great wealth and privilege. It has become my all-time favorite book, and he, my all-time favorite author. A book that I've given as a gift on more than one occasion.
Living in California, many people dream about meeting their favorite celebrities. Dominick Dunne was, without question, my celebrity to meet. And I was fortunate enough to do so on more than one occasion. The first time was at benefit in 1995, at a dinner hosted by then President of Paramount Pictures, Sherry Lansing, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
As you know, most of his books dealt with the foibles of High-Society and the Rich & Famous: From the Murderers/Murders (The Menendez Brothers, O.J. Simpson, Edmond Safra, etc.), to the scandals (Ferdinand & Imelda Marcos, Alfred Bloomingdale, etc.) Often likened to Truman Capote, in speaking with Mr. Dunne, and, of course, reading his books I never got the sense that he wrote with the same malicious intent. To hear his personal life story is true testament to the resilient nature of the human spirit, especially after the murder of his only daughter, actress Dominique Dunne, of "Poltergeist" fame, who you may remember was murdered by an ex-boyfriend, a former chef at Ma Maison restaurant in L.A. Mr. Dunne, "Nick," to friends and family, was finally able to live a life that so many could only imagine living. Rest In Peace, Mr. Dunne. Good night, Gus Bailey.
My cherished Dominick Dunne collection...
Polo Ralph Lauren
I was born in the country, but brought up in the big city, with hopes of always maintaining the charm, wit and character of a southern, sophisticated
gentleman. In my goal to live more passionately & purposefully, here are just a few things that I've learned and experienced along the way, making my journey more interesting, and more importantly, easier.