Jet Set: Memoir of an International Playboy (Charnwood Large Print Library Series)

Gargia, Massimo, Starkie, Allan

Published by Ulverscroft Large Print Books, 2001
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Synopsis: Here is the true story of Massimo Gargia and his adventures in the rarefied world of Kings and dukes, Hollywood superstars, famous fashion designers, and billionaires. Co-written by Dr. Allan Starkie, author of the international bestseller Fergie, this book spans four decades and the entire globe, offering an inside look into places and lives that most of us can only imagine. Jet Set is the ultimate gossip book, and makes no apologies for being such. Readers will get the goods on everyone from Greta Garbo (with whom Massimo had a serious affair) to Jackie Onassis to Andy Warhol to Jack Nicholson to Elizabeth Taylor to Adolph Hitler. An absolute page-turner with more dish than a crowded table at Spago. Fans of royalty will be fascinated by Massimo's relationships-- often romantic--with many of the loftiest title-holders in the world. Explosive material covers Diana, Fergie, Princess Grace, the Duchess of Bedford, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Princess Margaret, the King of Sweden, and others. Massimo introduced a little-known fashion designer named Gianni Versace to his elite circle of friends, setting in motion a legendary career. Other juicy anecdotes from the fashion world involve Pierre Cardin, Estee Lauder, and the Guccis. Described in detail is the young Massimo's romantic--and sexual-- relationship with a women over eighty years old. Lady Deterding, heiress of the Royal Dutch Shell Petroleum Company, seduces Massimo with lavish gifts into one of the most spectacular May-December romances readers will ever encounter. Jet Set is the story of one man's evolution from international playboy to respected magazine publisher. Amidst the gossip and glitter, this is a very human memoir told with disarming candor.

From Kirkus Reviews: A paean to hedonism would be a better subtitle for this terminally trivial autobiography. That righteous prologue aside, this is a volume of bedtime stories and yacht-basin scandal that no gossip aficionado could resist. Its about the wealthy socialites who moved in regular sequence from St. Moritz to Acapulco, from Seville to Sardinia, from Monte Carlo to Capri, with occasional respites in Paris, London, and New York. In the early 1960s, when tabloid tales of the Jet Set were gathering steam, Gargia determined to break into ``a society . . . with a polite, but resolute snobbery that kept it hermetically sealed.'' His recipe: Italian good looks, a reputation for performing well in bed, a patron, persistence, and patience. Members of the Agnelli and Rothschild families were early patrons, leading to sexual liaisons with Greta Garbo, Franoise Sagan, and evenas his funds began to run lowwith the 80-year-old widow of a founder of Shell Oil, ``one of the richest women in the world.'' Gargia abandoned his elderly lover (after accepting apartments in Paris and Monte Carlo from her) for the arms of a younger, prettier baroness, launching an extravagant if ``pointless and superficial'' lifestyle. No name goes undropped in this account, ranging from obscure party girls to former empresses, and including Princess Grace, Aristotle and Jackie Onassis, Jack Nicholson, Gianni Versace, Dodi Fayed and Princess Diana, and Sarah Ferguson's toe-sucking lover, John Bryan. Bryan's friend Allan Starkie, a US Army intelligence office turned high-life biographer (Fergie: Her Secret Life, not reviewed), is co-author of this book. After enduring arrest as a suspect in a casino-fixing investigation, the exonerated Gargia, who publishes a magazine called The Best, wants to turn over a new (gold) leaf, urging the so-called beautiful people to do good instead of doing each other. Best of luck to them from all whose insatiable appetites for picayune scandal and vicarious socializing will be at least momentarily appeased by this book. (photos, not seen) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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