Regal yet mischievous, authoritiative but insecure, Bunny Mellon was a peerless style maker and individualist whose unerring eye for beauty influenced American culture. While still smitten with her handsome first husband, she went on to marry the widowed Paul Mellon, the heir to the great Pittsburgh banking and steel fortune. Then, troubled by her second husband's infidelities, she took solace in forging an enduring connection with nature and actively contributing to charities and political fund-raising. At the same time she cultivated relationships with a series of male companions. With access to Bunny Mellon's private journals and letters, plus interviews with more than 175 people, Meryl Gordon paints a nuanced portrait of a woman who held the material world in the palm of her hand yet found love elusive. Book jacket.