Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

HAVE YOU MET HIS WIFE? : MISSY ASKS YOU!

She's THE OTHER WOMAN in your life too, and she may know about you... My question for you mistresses out there is HAVE YOU MET HER?


Missy

Friday, March 24, 2017

SUSAN BERMAN'S LADY LAS VEGAS - AUTHORSHIP AS LEGACY

  You may have just recently heard of a woman named SUSAN BERMAN, because a man named Robert Durst's on trial for her murder, years after it happened.  The new evidence that was revealed in a documentary called THE JINX, involves a secretly recorded confession as well as letters sent in the U.S. Mail.  Durst comes from a very wealthy New York City real estate fortune family, like Ivanka Trump, and like Ivanka's husband, Jared Kushner.  The Durst family has avoided the controversy.  Durst's money provides him the lawyers.





Reading some news articles about the trial, after having watched The Jinx, I learned that Susan Berman supposedly took a loan from Robert, who she had been good friends with since they met as students at UCLA.  She was an author who was perhaps not able to depend on her income as a writer to pay her bills.  So I wondered if she was a good writer.  I read her book LADY LAS VEGAS and thought she was an excellent, creative non-fiction author.  She managed to have a bit of her and her family's story, since her father was instrumental in the development of Las Vegas, woven through later chapters about the development of the town famous for "What goes on in Vegas, stays in Vegas." 


Here at Mistress Manifesto BlogSpot, Virginia Hill, who was the mistress of Ben Siegel, the subject of the Warren Beatty film, Bugsy, credited with building the Flamingo Hotel in the middle of nowhere, was covered in March 2013.  Well, Susan's father and associates took over the Flamingo when Siegel was gunned down in Los Angeles while Virginia was out of town.


Susan, may she be resting in peace, left Vegas as a child, after her father died young of natural but stress related cause, and then her mother had a mental breakdown and eventually commited suicide.  Because of her family's participation in Organized Crime, her murder has been blamed on the Mob, rather than Durst. Was she really a woman who knew too much for her own good?  The Susan in this book was not associated with Organized Crime herself.  On the other hand it has been claimed that because of her family background, Durst was able to confess to her that he killed his wife, Kathy, also a long missing person that there is likely a murder mystery that may involve Durst.  After she was left an orphan, her guardian became her dad's brother, her uncle with a big gambling problem.  She left Vegas and eventually lived in Los Angeles.


As an adult, gone from Vegas for 40 years, and distanced from it though the years and therapy, though with very fond memories of her childhood there as the only child and daughter of Davie Berman, credited as a builder of the town, she went back.  The part about going to the family home in a suburb that had been turned into a law office, her old playhouse in the back yard still there but used for storage, was a bit of a heartbreaker.  Always in her memory as a good time in her life, proud of the achievements that her dad had made, Vegas had changed so significantly it was hardly what she'd remembered as an insider behind "American's Neon Oasis."


There are other books by and about Susan Berman, but I thought my readers might be interested in this one because of some of the people she mentions in the book who have been mentioned here at Mistress Manifesto BlogSpot.  Besides Ben Siegel and Virginia Hill, she mentions Elvis Presley (who sang happy birthday to her), Liberace, and Howard Hughes, who bought hotels and had a mistress in each of them.  We covered Scott Thorson, who Liberace Kept, here in October 2012, and Howard Hughes's Mistress Faith Domergue in May of 2014.  (The Mistresses mentioned here do not include Faith!)


To find these people in this blog, try running a search for their names in the search feature on the sidebar.


Missy.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

BLACK DIAMONDS : KATHLEEN "KICK" KENNEDY and PETER WENTWORTH, 8th EARL FITZWILLIAM : WAS THEIR AFFAIR THE GRAND FINALE OF THE FAMILY?

 In BLACK Diamonds, author Catherine Bailey reveals the unusual story of the Fitzwilliams, one of the richest families in Great Britain, the owners of one of the biggest houses ever built in the world to that time, and their coal fortune that made them but was broken when  Great Britain took over during World War II, stripping their land for coal. 


This is the grand family that American socialite Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy wanted to marry into, and the hell with the fact that this second marriage would not only be into another Anti-Catholic family, but to a man who was married with a child and not divorced when she met him.


Though we know from previous reading that Kathleen was being supported by her inlaws after her first husband was killed in the War, and had independent means as a child of the rich American Joe Kennedy family, she aimed higher in her desire to marry another risk taker, Peter Wentworth - 8th Earl Fitzwilliam. 


There was no talking sense to her.


It's clear to me from reading this book that the Fitzwilliams would not be an easy family to belong to. They had their secret scandals, including questions of who was qualified to be heir, and, had she not died in that plane crash, after receiving the assurance that her father would not completely abandon her if she did marry Peter, one wonders if she really would have done well to marry him.


In our desire to better understand Kick and what drove her, BLACK DIAMONDS provides more perspective.  


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Sunday, March 19, 2017

KATHLEEN "KICK" KENNEDY : A MINI BIO and TRIBUTE THAT DOESN'T MENTION PETER



This YouTube video poster did a nice tribute to Kathleen that covers the main points about her birth, education, Red Cross days, debut, work, war efforts, marriage to Billy, and has some wonderful photos of her.  But it doesn't mention Peter...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

KATHLEENS SHOES GOT HIDDEN IN A MAZE at HATFIELD HOUSE

Notes from Paula Byrne's book Kick:


Pages 83 and 84


Robert Cecil hid all her left shoes in a maze to teach her "the gentle lesson" of not kicking off her shoes in company...  "But kick dressed as normal and came down to dinner wearing one black and one white shoe" (with a black and white dress)... Throughout the weekend which was at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, which was a coming of age party five days long for Robert and had many college friends from Oxford and Eton in attendance, Kick continued to wear two right shoes.


When she was seen walking awkwardly, a woman said, "Why are you limping, Kick?" and Kick said, "Robert broke my leg before dinner."  There was roaring laugher.  Kathleen was "instantly accepted."  They thought she was a terrific sport. 


Said one person, "Kick couldn't seem to put a foot wrong even in the wrong shoe!"


WIKIWANT HATFIELD HOUSE - PICTURES AND HISTORY


Page 89
 "The British upper classes loved the way she played up her Americanness rather than copy the British and adopt a phony English accent."