ABOUT THE BOOK
Harold Robbins’s steamy books were once more widely read than the Bible. His novels sold more than 750 million copies and created the sex-power-glamour genre of popular literature that would go on to influence authors from Jackie Collins and Jacqueline Susann to TV shows like Dallas and Dynasty.
What readers don’t know is that Robbins—whom the media had dubbed the “prince of sex and scandal”—actually “researched” the free-wheeling escapades depicted in his books himself—along with his drop-dead, gorgeous wife, Grace.
The 1960s and ‘70s were decades like no others—radical, experimental, libertine. Grace Robbins chronicles the rollicking good times, peppering her memoir with anecdotes of her encounters with luminaries from the world of entertainment and the arts—not to mention most of Hollywood. The couple was at the center of a globetrotting jet set, with mansions in Beverly Hills, villas and yachts on the French Riviera and Acapulco.
Their lives rivaled—and often surpassed—that of the characters in his books. Champagne flowed, cocaine was abundant, and sex in the pre-AIDS era was embraced with abandon. Along the way, the couple agreed to a “modern marriage,” that Harold insisted upon. With charm, introspection, and humor, Grace lays open her fascinating, provocative roller-coaster ride of a life—her own true Cinderella tale.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Author Grace Robbins is a philantrophist, and is working on a movie, Cinderella and the Carpetbagger, about her life.
"Grace Robbins’ soon-due unload-all is “Cinderella and the Carpetbagger: My Life as the Wife of the ‘World’s Best-Selling Author,’ Harold Robbins.” In the JFK, Vietnam, free love, Beatles, Marilyn, Elvis, sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll ’60s to ’80s, Robbins was the A-1 hotshot author. Steamy 25 best sellers, 750 million copies, and most, like “The Carpetbaggers,” became movies. Their life? Jet-set, globe-trotting, freewheeling splendor, celebrities, 10,000-square-foot mansions, villas, yachts in Beverly Hills, Acapulco, South of France. This sweet little memoir’s getting a movie deal. It will not grab the Vatican’s blessing." —New York Post
"If you want the hot skinny on one of the world's most interesting authors, Harold Robbins, look no further than one of the world's most interesting women, his wife. Grace was always as much a part of the royal Hollywood social scene as Harold. They enlivened every major event I ever attended, and when they went home, they left everyone with something to talk about. Now Grace gets it all down on paper, remembering everything, and leaving out nothing. Every anecdote in "Cinderella and the Carpetbagger" is worth repeating. Every chapter is worth reading twice. Misunderstood as often as he was toasted, Harold was one in a million. He gave as good as he got, and thank god Grace was in the background, taking notes for posterity. I laughed, I wallowed in nostalgia for a time that will never come again, when people were originals and fame was something you could take to the bank. I gulped down every juicy minute of this funny, outrageous memoir. Do not take a pill before you go to bed with this book, because you will not be able to put it down until the sun comes up." —REX REED
"Grace Robbins has written an explosive tell-all about one of my favorite authors—the wild and wonderful Harold Robbins. He did it . . . . She did it . . . . And then he wrote about it . . . Sexy fun." —Jackie Collins
“This racy romp through a life and style nobody could dare dream of is so sizzling and hot you'd better wear gloves to turn the pages! It’s the fastest high-speed roller coaster through the valley of the rich to the mountain of the famous so buckle up for a ride unlike any other. Even more incredible is that its fact: it’s not fiction—although it’s about a man who wrote and sold more graphic stories of ‘sex drugs and rock 'n' roll’ than any other author in history. Grace Robbins pulls back Hollywood's bedroom drapes to reveal tales to tantalize and torment. She not only hands you the VIP invitation to party with the jet-set privileged around the world, she escorts you through their platinum playgrounds in an easy and warm read you won't put down. A jet to go for lunch. A yacht to go for dinner. A mega-mansion for breakfast champagne. $50-million here for baubles and beads—a mere bagatelle! I tried on my television show to bring a hint of it, but Grace does much better with the first ever real look at what went on when the cameras were shut off. You'd expect it in a fantasy work of fiction but this is ten times more dynamite and dramatic because it was real life and more electrifying than anything that could be on reality television. You have been warned. It’s HOT! Very hot! Dangerously hot! Sexually hot! It couldn't get any hotter—and that’s just one page of the orgy party in the hills of Hollywood. Little wonder then when Harold Robbins was alive and the center of every party he was hailed as the man whose life was even bigger, better, bolder than the tall tales he created for his books!” —Robin Leach, Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous
“The book is a fascinating and racy frothy read—magnificently written, and built with plenty of scandalous and salacious detail.” —Barry Krost, award-winning producer
“50 Shades of Grace! I couldn't put "Cinderella and the Carpetbagger" down, I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep. The pages turned themselves. You will enjoy this! —Monique Van Vooren Actress/Author