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The Resource The Hiltons : the true story of an American dynasty, by J. Randy Taraborrelli

The Hiltons : the true story of an American dynasty, by J. Randy Taraborrelli

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The Hiltons : the true story of an American dynasty
Title
The Hiltons
Title remainder
the true story of an American dynasty
Statement of responsibility
by J. Randy Taraborrelli
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Overview: The Hiltons is a sweeping saga of the success-and excess-of an iconic American family. Demanding and enigmatic, patriarch Conrad Hilton's visionary ideas and unyielding will established the model for the modern luxury hotel industry. But outside the boardroom, Conrad struggled with emotional detachment, failed marriages, and conflicted Catholicism. Then there were his children: Playboy Nicky Hilton's tragic alcoholism and marriage to Elizabeth Taylor was the stuff of tabloid legend. Barron Hilton, on the other hand, deftly handled his father's legacy, carrying the Hilton brand triumphantly into the new millennium. Eric, raised apart from his older brothers, accepted his supporting role in the Hilton dynasty with calm and quiet--a stark contrast to the boys' much younger half-sister Francesca, whose battle for recognition led her into courtrooms and conflict. The cast of supporting players includes the inimitable Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was married to Conrad briefly and remained a thorn in his side for decades, and a host of other Hollywood and business luminaries with whom the Hiltons crossed paths and swords over the years
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  • While the many players and the long timeline of this family saga could potentially have been confusing, best-selling biographer Taraborrelli (After Camelot) has given the story clarity by focusing on a few key figures. Readers will appreciate the life story of hotel baron Conrad Hilton, with heavy emphasis on his relationship with glamorous Zsa Zsa Gabor and his son Nicky. Less attention is paid to his other two sons, Barron and Eric, and his daughter Francesca, and a final curtain call is given to Paris Hilton, which will satisfy those who may only recognize her name. Two things stand out in this rags-to-riches tale: the driven work ethic and astute business sense of the patriarch, and the glamour and opulence of a well-rewarded life. There is drama, surely—court cases and break-ups abound—but those that wonder how the Hilton hotel empire came to be will get their answer: hard work. The story is full of celebrities—including Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Collins, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald Trump—and it’s a paean to a bygone era that also contains a few nuggets on how best to conduct oneself en route to the high life. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed January 27, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 04, p)
  • Having taken on everyone from the Kennedys to Diana Ross, New York Times best-selling author Taraborrelli profiles the glitter and excess that defines the Hiltons. With a 100,000-copy first printing.The latest Duncan Kincaid-Gemma James outing and a new series from RollinsInsider views on the fight for marriage equality and the postcollege life --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed November 15, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 21, p62)
  • A best-selling celebrity biographer chronicles the epic saga of a family as well known for its business empire as for its role as tabloid fodder. Today, the Hilton name might be more synonymous with gossip magazine headlines than the now-ubiquitous hotel chain that has outposts in every major city across the world. No longer is there a charismatic figurehead to act as the family's anchor or face of the company, as founder and family patriarch Conrad Hilton (1887-1979) once had been. We can only speculate how Conrad, a man of deep Catholic conviction and faith who was known to openly resent freeloading relatives, would react to the unseemly behavior of some of his heirs. Nevertheless, Taraborrelli (After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family—1968 to the Present, 2012, etc.) gives each Hilton family member his or her due. From Conrad's tempestuous marriage to Zsa Zsa Gabor to son Nicky's ill-fated and abusive marriage to a nubile Elizabeth Taylor, the Hilton name has often found itself mired in social controversy. All the while, the Hilton brand of hotels continued to grow exponentially, developing into an international juggernaut. When Conrad's son Barron retired as CEO of the Hilton Hotel Corporation in 1996, the family's control of the company remained mostly symbolic until Blackstone Group, a private equity group, purchased the entire corporation in 2007 for $20.1 billion. No longer is a Hilton family member steering the empire built by Conrad. Instead, the family controls the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to support various charitable causes and missions to fulfill Conrad's vision of building a better world. More than fluff, Taraborrelli has written the definitive biography of a family whose glory days may have passed but which simply refuses to recede into the background.(Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2014)
Biography type
collective biography
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10300520
Cataloging source
DLC
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Taraborrelli, J. Randy
Dewey number
  • 647.94092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
TX910.5.H5
LC item number
T37 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Hilton, Conrad N.
  • Hilton, Conrad N.
  • Hilton, Conrad N.
  • Hotelkeepers
  • Businessmen
  • Philanthropists
  • Celebrities
  • Businessmen
  • Celebrities
  • Families
  • Hotelkeepers
  • Philanthropists
  • United States
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the true story of an American dynasty
Label
The Hiltons : the true story of an American dynasty, by J. Randy Taraborrelli
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Part 1: Conrad: -- Curse of the ambitious -- Humble beginnings -- Hotelier -- Losing it all -- Georgia on his mind -- Loneliness at the top -- Buying the town house -- Courting Zsa Zsa -- Catholic stumbling block -- Conrad breaks the news to Zsa Zsa -- Part 2: Mary: -- The first Mrs. Hilton -- Business affairs -- Part 3: Zsa Zsa: -- Conrad's inner turmoil -- For love or money -- The Roosevelt -- Marriage: his -- Marriage: hers -- A frustrating business deal -- The Plaza -- An ominous sign -- A priest's visit -- Up in flames -- He never should have done it -- What would it take? -- Zsa Zsa is institutionalized -- The divorce -- Buying the Stevens and the Palmer House -- Zsa Zsa's daughter -- Part 4: Sons Of The Father: -- Transition -- Raising the rich -- An offer he could refuse -- The question of Francesca -- Part 5: Elizabeth: -- Beautiful dreamer -- Enter : Elizabeth Taylor -- The man who bought the Waldorf -- Fast worker -- Nicky takes Elizabeth to Texas -- Party to celebrate the Caribe Hilton -- Nicky and Elizabeth marry -- Honeymoon from hell -- Elizabeth suffers a miscarriage -- Divorce-Hollywood style -- Part 6: Spoils Of The Rich And Famous: -- America's dad -- Casa Encantada -- He's getting worse -- Baroness named Betsy -- The shadow of her smile -- If only -- Zsa Zsa finds her niche -- Filling Elizabeth's shoes -- Assault -- Magic words -- Mamie -- Marilyn's party -- Dinner at the Manse -- Part 7: Big Boon: -- The Hilton junket -- Barron climbs the ladder of success -- Nicky's fast-paced life -- Eric : from out of the shadows -- A troubling conversation about Francesca -- Natalie Wood's advice -- Trish -- "The woman to give my children life" -- Nicky and Trish marry -- Part 8: For Love Or Money -- Zsa Zsa is not wanted -- "The most beautiful woman" -- Zsa Zsa teaches Trish about the Hiltons -- Success -- Sibling rivalry on the rise -- Francesca's summer of discontent -- Olive's appeal to Zsa Zsa -- "Zsa Zsa who?" -- The simple life -- "It's going to be okay, brother" -- Part 9: In His Father's House -- Nicky causing problems -- The TWA merger -- "Tired of being misunderstood" -- Nothing personal -- Showdown -- A done deal -- Trish enters Conrad's den -- Nicky considers suing his family -- From kings to paupers -- Trish tries again with Conrad -- Marilyn Hilton's plea to Elizabeth Taylor -- Elizabeth makes a decision -- A grasp at happiness -- The death of Nicky Hilton -- The wake at Casa Encantada -- Part 10: Secrets: -- Conrad's warning to Zsa Zsa -- A shocking revelation -- Francesca's requests -- "Just in case" -- The challenge -- Part 11: Frances: -- At long last love -- Frannie -- A gentle nudge -- Best friend's advice -- Family concerns -- The thorn is his side -- The marital agreement -- Conrad and Frances marry -- Part 12: House Of Hilton: -- Life at the mansion -- "Spoiled fruit" -- Clearing the air -- Barron, Eric, and Francesca -- Francesca's idea -- The great adventure of his life -- Understanding Zsa Zsa -- Death's door -- Conrad Hilton : rest in peace -- The way he wanted it -- Part 13: Fight Of Their Lives: -- Francesca contests the will -- "Insane delusion" -- Zsa Zsa's deposition -- Smoking gun? -- A surprise visitor -- Judge's decision -- Part 14: Heir Apparent: -- Barron's option -- A windfall for Barron? -- The Francesca factor -- Each other -- Eric and Pat divorce -- Barron is denied -- Donald Trump makes an overture -- Hostile takeover? -- Trump meets Hilton -- Trump to the rescue -- Resolution -- Part 15: Fini: -- Zsa Zsa's lapse in judgment -- Francesca : "The original Hilton heiress" -- Paris -- "Rather silly?" -- How did Conrad do it? -- End of an era -- Marilyn Hilton : rest in peace -- On the town with Paris -- Epilogue: A final toast -- Acknowledgments and source notes -- Index
Control code
ocn849801326
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 541 pages
Isbn
9781455516698
Lccn
2013024369
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40023440019
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)849801326
Label
The Hiltons : the true story of an American dynasty, by J. Randy Taraborrelli
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Part 1: Conrad: -- Curse of the ambitious -- Humble beginnings -- Hotelier -- Losing it all -- Georgia on his mind -- Loneliness at the top -- Buying the town house -- Courting Zsa Zsa -- Catholic stumbling block -- Conrad breaks the news to Zsa Zsa -- Part 2: Mary: -- The first Mrs. Hilton -- Business affairs -- Part 3: Zsa Zsa: -- Conrad's inner turmoil -- For love or money -- The Roosevelt -- Marriage: his -- Marriage: hers -- A frustrating business deal -- The Plaza -- An ominous sign -- A priest's visit -- Up in flames -- He never should have done it -- What would it take? -- Zsa Zsa is institutionalized -- The divorce -- Buying the Stevens and the Palmer House -- Zsa Zsa's daughter -- Part 4: Sons Of The Father: -- Transition -- Raising the rich -- An offer he could refuse -- The question of Francesca -- Part 5: Elizabeth: -- Beautiful dreamer -- Enter : Elizabeth Taylor -- The man who bought the Waldorf -- Fast worker -- Nicky takes Elizabeth to Texas -- Party to celebrate the Caribe Hilton -- Nicky and Elizabeth marry -- Honeymoon from hell -- Elizabeth suffers a miscarriage -- Divorce-Hollywood style -- Part 6: Spoils Of The Rich And Famous: -- America's dad -- Casa Encantada -- He's getting worse -- Baroness named Betsy -- The shadow of her smile -- If only -- Zsa Zsa finds her niche -- Filling Elizabeth's shoes -- Assault -- Magic words -- Mamie -- Marilyn's party -- Dinner at the Manse -- Part 7: Big Boon: -- The Hilton junket -- Barron climbs the ladder of success -- Nicky's fast-paced life -- Eric : from out of the shadows -- A troubling conversation about Francesca -- Natalie Wood's advice -- Trish -- "The woman to give my children life" -- Nicky and Trish marry -- Part 8: For Love Or Money -- Zsa Zsa is not wanted -- "The most beautiful woman" -- Zsa Zsa teaches Trish about the Hiltons -- Success -- Sibling rivalry on the rise -- Francesca's summer of discontent -- Olive's appeal to Zsa Zsa -- "Zsa Zsa who?" -- The simple life -- "It's going to be okay, brother" -- Part 9: In His Father's House -- Nicky causing problems -- The TWA merger -- "Tired of being misunderstood" -- Nothing personal -- Showdown -- A done deal -- Trish enters Conrad's den -- Nicky considers suing his family -- From kings to paupers -- Trish tries again with Conrad -- Marilyn Hilton's plea to Elizabeth Taylor -- Elizabeth makes a decision -- A grasp at happiness -- The death of Nicky Hilton -- The wake at Casa Encantada -- Part 10: Secrets: -- Conrad's warning to Zsa Zsa -- A shocking revelation -- Francesca's requests -- "Just in case" -- The challenge -- Part 11: Frances: -- At long last love -- Frannie -- A gentle nudge -- Best friend's advice -- Family concerns -- The thorn is his side -- The marital agreement -- Conrad and Frances marry -- Part 12: House Of Hilton: -- Life at the mansion -- "Spoiled fruit" -- Clearing the air -- Barron, Eric, and Francesca -- Francesca's idea -- The great adventure of his life -- Understanding Zsa Zsa -- Death's door -- Conrad Hilton : rest in peace -- The way he wanted it -- Part 13: Fight Of Their Lives: -- Francesca contests the will -- "Insane delusion" -- Zsa Zsa's deposition -- Smoking gun? -- A surprise visitor -- Judge's decision -- Part 14: Heir Apparent: -- Barron's option -- A windfall for Barron? -- The Francesca factor -- Each other -- Eric and Pat divorce -- Barron is denied -- Donald Trump makes an overture -- Hostile takeover? -- Trump meets Hilton -- Trump to the rescue -- Resolution -- Part 15: Fini: -- Zsa Zsa's lapse in judgment -- Francesca : "The original Hilton heiress" -- Paris -- "Rather silly?" -- How did Conrad do it? -- End of an era -- Marilyn Hilton : rest in peace -- On the town with Paris -- Epilogue: A final toast -- Acknowledgments and source notes -- Index
Control code
ocn849801326
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 541 pages
Isbn
9781455516698
Lccn
2013024369
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40023440019
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)849801326

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