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Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend by Meryl GordonAN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * AN AMAZON BEST BOOK OF THE MONTH IN BIOGRAPHIES & MEMOIRS
A new biography of Bunny Mellon, the style icon and American aristocrat who designed the White House Rose Garden for her friend JFK and served as a living witness to 20th Century American history, operating in the high-level arenas of politics, diplomacy, art and fashion.
Bunny Mellon, who died in 2014 at age 103, was press-shy during her lifetime. With the co-operation of Bunny Mellons family, author Meryl Gordon received access to thousands of pages of her letters, diaries and appointment calendars and has interviewed more than 175 people to capture the spirit of this talented American original.
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Keep up with Garden and Gun. Yet Rachel Lowe Lambert Lloyd Mellon—nicknamed Bunny from birth—stood out among the mink-stoled midcentury aristocracy. She was the embodiment—and arguably the creator—of what we think of today as nonchalant old-money elegance. Studied imperfection was her style, and about it she was a perfectionist. Her long life, as chronicled by Gordon, was a symphony of gardening, shopping often for nigh-on-priceless art , and intimate socializing, all of it conducted on a quietly grand scale. Boldface names scamper through her life story, among them her close friend Jackie Kennedy Onassis, for whom Mellon served as a kind of fashion Svengali; Truman Capote of course ; the French designer Hubert de Givenchy; and onetime dinner guests Prince Charles and Princess Diana. But unexpected death most notably that of President Kennedy, who tapped her to work on the Rose Garden , divorce, heartbreak, and a constant strain of loneliness appear just as regularly, supplying this symphony its minor chords and inevitably sending Mellon to her lifelong refuge: her gardens, where imperfect perfection—and the solace she found in it—could be achieved with mere pruning shears.
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Grand Central Publishing. It starts with the name. Why on earth would a grown woman go through life with the nickname Bunny? Bunny Mellon, the wife of the financier and philanthropist Paul Mellon, was christened Rachel, after her mother, but until her death in at the age of , she was known by the endearment her nanny gave her. Childish names signal cliquishness and the immunity to ridicule that comes with money and power. Mellon was a gifted gardener with princely means and infallible taste: Her close friend Jacqueline Kennedy asked her to redesign the White House Rose Garden.