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What quality do women who've had multiple attachments to famous men share? ``Ordinariness,'' theorizes Smith (Doctor's Wives, 1980, etc.) in this flimsy study: They're ``the kind of women you pass pushing shopping carts to the market.'' Famous men are concentrating emotional energy on their work, Smith says, so a woman ``who wishes to please such a man must practice tremendous self-denial...Her importance to him becomes her sole source of self-satisfaction.'' Fifteen case histories follow, put together from secondary sources and an occasional interview; few of the profiles bear out Smith's thesis. Mia Farrow is described as ``chameleonlike'' in her adjustments to Frank Sinatra, Andr‚ Previn, and Woody Allen--but hasn't Farrow also found satisfaction with her brood of children? Francoise Gilot, who we're told attracted Picasso with her unattainability, then later married Dr. Jonas Salk, emerges as independent and conscious of her own needs. ``Trophy wives,'' such as Susan Gutfreund and Georgette Mosbacher, may help teach their megarich husbands to enjoy their money, but they're also clearly having big-spending fun themselves. Wallis Simpson ``played the role of critical parent'' with the Duke of Windsor, humiliating him at every score. Jessica Lange, Alma Mahler, Gayfryd Steinberg, and Pamela Harriman are among the others examined. While the women in question exert a pull on the popular imagination, Smith's rewarmed capsule bios and shallow psychological speculation provide neither insight nor entertainment. (Photographs.) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Library Journal:
How do seemingly "ordinary women" manage to snag wealthy, exciting, successful men? According to Smith, author of several books on marriage, including Why Women Shouldn't Marry (Carol Pub. Co., 1989), they do it by subjugating their desires in order to bolster the egos of their men. Unfortunately, readers looking for admirable people to emulate in her study will be hard pressed to find them. Most of the women she portrays could be euphemistically described as scheming and conniving, while the men appear too troublesome to be worth the effort of pursuing. For example, actress Mia Farrow plotted elaborately, says Smith, to catch the attention of Frank Sinatra, whom she later discovered was an abusive, wife-beating bully. Not to be mistaken for a self-help guide on how to attract rich men, this book is more of a celebrity expose, and might merit purchase where celebrity gossip is in demand.
- Linda S. Greene, Chicago P.L.
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Book Description Random House Value Publishing, 1992. Condition: VERY GOOD. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Seller Inventory # 2918317466