The Vanity Fair Diaries

The Vanity Fair Diaries

by Tina Brown

Overview: The Vanity Fair Diaries is the story of an Englishwoman barely out of her twenties who arrives in New York City with a dream. Summoned from London in hopes that she can save Condé Nast's troubled new flagship Vanity Fair, Tina Brown is immediately plunged into the maelstrom of the competitive New York media world and the backstabbing rivalries at the court of the planet's slickest, most glamour-focused magazine company. She survives the politics, the intrigue, and the attempts to derail her by a simple stratagem: succeeding. In the face of rampant skepticism, she triumphantly reinvents a failing magazine.

Here are the inside stories of Vanity Fair scoops and covers that sold millions—the Reagan kiss, the meltdown of Princess Diana's marriage to Prince Charles, the sensational Annie Leibovitz cover of a gloriously pregnant, naked Demi Moore. In the diary's cinematic pages, the drama, the comedy, and the struggle of running an "it" magazine come to life. Brown's Vanity Fair Diaries is also a woman's journey, of making a home in a new country and of the deep bonds with her husband, their prematurely born son, and their daughter.

Astute, open-hearted, often riotously funny, Tina Brown's The Vanity Fair Diaries is a compulsively fascinating and intimate chronicle of a woman's life in a glittering era.

Deanna Boe (01/03/18): THE VANITY FAIR DIARIES (1983 – 1992) by Tina Brown, is a challenging book to read. Not because it is so profound, but more like a book filled with all the trivial facts about the upper, snobby, bitchy and rich members of the New York and Washington DC society. Tina Brown was the editor of the magazine TATLER in London at the young age of 25. She rescued it from failure and because of that was sought after by the owners of VANITY FAIR located in New York. It was not an easy decision, especially when they didn’t meet all of her “terms” at the beginning. It is obvious from the start that Ms. Brown is not one to be taken lightly. She turned the magazine around in the eight years she was editor. From there Brown went on to be the editor of the NEW YORKER.

It is obvious that Brown is a writer. She uses lots of very large and unusual words that I have never read or heard before. (But that doesn’t take much!) It gets a little old reading about all the dinner parties, luncheons at famous restaurants, concerts, week-ends spent at wonderful places away from the cities, and her trips to Europe. Perhaps I am just being unkind since it isn’t a life I have known. It is fun to read a few snide comments about someone we all know today, none other then Trump. Brown describes him as having a “pouty, Elvis face folded into a frown of self castigation” – is always a “sneaky petulant infant.” Brown tells how Trump got even with someone for what they had said about him. It took Trump a year, and he didn’t do it “face-to-face.” He poured a glass of wine down that person’s low backed dress and quickly walked away. No matter, Brown is obviously an extremely intelligent lady, who accomplished more than the average person in a lifetime, at a very young age, and for that reason alone, I have to admire her.
Rating: ***

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