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Award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson breaks her silence, sharing the extraordinary story of her life, career, and epic romances with two of the most celebrated, yet enigmatic, modern American superstars—Elvis Presley and Bruce Jenner For the last forty years, award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson has quietly led one of the most remarkable lives in show business. The lo Award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson breaks her silence, sharing the extraordinary story of her life, career, and epic romances with two of the most celebrated, yet enigmatic, modern American superstars—Elvis Presley and Bruce Jenner For the last forty years, award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson has quietly led one of the most remarkable lives in show business. The longtime live-in love of Elvis Presley, Linda first emerged into the limelight during the 1970s when the former beauty pageant queen caught the eye of the King. Their chance late-night encounter at a movie theater was the stuff of legend, and it marked the beginning of a whirlwind that would stretch across decades, leading to a marriage with Bruce Jenner, motherhood, and more drama than she ever could have imagined. Now, for the first time, Linda opens up about it all, telling the full story of her life, loves, and everything in between. From her humble beginnings in Memphis to her nearly five-year relationship with Elvis, she offers an intimate window into their life together, describing how their Southern roots fueled and sustained Graceland’s greatest romance. Going inside their wild stories and tender moments, she paints a portrait of life with the King, as raucous as it is refreshing. But despite the joy they shared, life with Elvis also had darkness, and her account also presents an unsparing look at Elvis’s twin demons—drug abuse and infidelity—forces he battled throughout their time together that would eventually end their relationship just eight months before his untimely death. It was in the difficult aftermath of Elvis’s death that Linda found what she believed was her true home: the arms of Olympic gold medal—winner Bruce Jenner. Detailing her marriage to Bruce, Linda reveals the seemingly perfect life that they built with their two young sons—Brandon and Brody—before Bruce changed everything with a secret he’d been carrying his entire life, a secret that Linda herself kept for nearly thirty years, a secret that Bruce’s transition to Caitlyn Jenner has finally laid bare for the world. Providing a candid look inside one of the most challenging moments of her life, Linda uncovers the struggles she went through as a woman and a mother, coming to terms with the reality of Bruce’s identity and resolving to embrace him completely no matter what, even as it meant they could no longer be together.   And yet, despite her marriage unraveling, her search for love was not over, eventually leading her to the legendary music producer and musician David Foster—a relationship that lasted for nineteen tumultuous years, resulting in a bond that spurred her songwriting career to new heights but also tested her like never before. Filled with compelling and poignant stories and sixteen pages of photographs, A Little Thing Called Life lovingly recounts Linda’s incredible journey through the years, bringing unparalleled insight into three legendary figures.


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Award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson breaks her silence, sharing the extraordinary story of her life, career, and epic romances with two of the most celebrated, yet enigmatic, modern American superstars—Elvis Presley and Bruce Jenner For the last forty years, award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson has quietly led one of the most remarkable lives in show business. The lo Award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson breaks her silence, sharing the extraordinary story of her life, career, and epic romances with two of the most celebrated, yet enigmatic, modern American superstars—Elvis Presley and Bruce Jenner For the last forty years, award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson has quietly led one of the most remarkable lives in show business. The longtime live-in love of Elvis Presley, Linda first emerged into the limelight during the 1970s when the former beauty pageant queen caught the eye of the King. Their chance late-night encounter at a movie theater was the stuff of legend, and it marked the beginning of a whirlwind that would stretch across decades, leading to a marriage with Bruce Jenner, motherhood, and more drama than she ever could have imagined. Now, for the first time, Linda opens up about it all, telling the full story of her life, loves, and everything in between. From her humble beginnings in Memphis to her nearly five-year relationship with Elvis, she offers an intimate window into their life together, describing how their Southern roots fueled and sustained Graceland’s greatest romance. Going inside their wild stories and tender moments, she paints a portrait of life with the King, as raucous as it is refreshing. But despite the joy they shared, life with Elvis also had darkness, and her account also presents an unsparing look at Elvis’s twin demons—drug abuse and infidelity—forces he battled throughout their time together that would eventually end their relationship just eight months before his untimely death. It was in the difficult aftermath of Elvis’s death that Linda found what she believed was her true home: the arms of Olympic gold medal—winner Bruce Jenner. Detailing her marriage to Bruce, Linda reveals the seemingly perfect life that they built with their two young sons—Brandon and Brody—before Bruce changed everything with a secret he’d been carrying his entire life, a secret that Linda herself kept for nearly thirty years, a secret that Bruce’s transition to Caitlyn Jenner has finally laid bare for the world. Providing a candid look inside one of the most challenging moments of her life, Linda uncovers the struggles she went through as a woman and a mother, coming to terms with the reality of Bruce’s identity and resolving to embrace him completely no matter what, even as it meant they could no longer be together.   And yet, despite her marriage unraveling, her search for love was not over, eventually leading her to the legendary music producer and musician David Foster—a relationship that lasted for nineteen tumultuous years, resulting in a bond that spurred her songwriting career to new heights but also tested her like never before. Filled with compelling and poignant stories and sixteen pages of photographs, A Little Thing Called Life lovingly recounts Linda’s incredible journey through the years, bringing unparalleled insight into three legendary figures.

30 review for A Little Thing Called Life: From Elvis's Graceland to Bruce Jenner's Caitlyn & Songs in Between

  1. 5 out of 5

    *TUDOR^QUEEN*

    I've been on a tear reading a backlog of Elvis biographies. This one is a memoir written by Linda Thompson, Elvis's girlfriend following his separation from wife Priscilla. Linda was from Memphis, and in fact was Miss Tennessee Universe at the time she met Elvis in 1972. She was just twenty years old at the time. But this is not just an autobiography about Linda's time with Elvis; it's a memoir split across her three life loves: Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner, and David Foster. Even though Elvis go I've been on a tear reading a backlog of Elvis biographies. This one is a memoir written by Linda Thompson, Elvis's girlfriend following his separation from wife Priscilla. Linda was from Memphis, and in fact was Miss Tennessee Universe at the time she met Elvis in 1972. She was just twenty years old at the time. But this is not just an autobiography about Linda's time with Elvis; it's a memoir split across her three life loves: Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner, and David Foster. Even though Elvis got engaged to Ginger Alden inside a year of dating (which was cut abruptly short by his death in 1977), I think Linda Thompson was his most serious girlfriend. In fact, Linda considers Elvis the greatest love of her life, and she lost her virginity to him. She left him after four years of dating. The reasons are good ones. While at first insisting Linda accompany him everywhere he went, Elvis eventually began having Linda stay behind on trips while he cheated with other women. Linda spent much of her night hours with Elvis keeping watch over him so that he didn't die, and they spent many hours indoors instead of enjoying the outside world...even when they travelled to places like Hawaii. One time they were together in Elvis's bedroom (his favorite place to hang out) where chicken soup was delivered, and put at the end of his bed on a long towel. Linda left the room for a short while, only to return and find Elvis face down in his soup. In a panic, she feverishly cleaned out his mouth and airway and called for medical services. In fact, she spent more than one hospitalization with him in a second hospital bed while he detoxed from a multitude of medications. In one delightful passage, she shares the exact way to make Elvis's favorite culinary treat, the peanut butter and banana sandwich. She was also responsible for some crucial Graceland re-decoration choices that still exist today, like the peacock stained glass accenting the doorway in the living room that leads into the music room (my favorite touch in the house), the iconic Jungle Room and Pool Room. Her favorite color was red and she also redecorated the downstairs with garish red curtains and extremely high backed red velvet dining room chairs. Thankfully, once Graceland became a tourist attraction, those rooms were reverted to their former tasteful elegance, white walls with blue stately draperies. Despite their breakup, it was very clear that these two loved each other very much. There was a lot of tenderness still there, and Elvis understood why Linda felt she had to leave. Elvis could never be faithful to one woman, no matter how much he loved them. As Elvis and Linda's steady relationship was coming to a close, she found her first employment as one of the Hee Haw Honeys on the show Hee Haw. She later scored a multitude of roles in various Aaron Spelling series (Elvis is responsible for introducing Linda to Mr. Spelling). After the breakup, Linda had a light flirtation with Elvis's keyboard player, who noticed Linda's flair for writing poetry/lyrics. One evening when she was having dinner with country icon Kenny Rogers and his then wife Marianne, she shared a cassette tape of a song to which she had written the lyrics. Kenny was so impressed that he recorded the song on his next album. This sparked a long career as a lyricist, especially in collaboration with her second husband David Foster. Linda met Olympian gold winner Bruce Jenner and they later married and had two boys, Brandon and Brody. While the boys were still young, Bruce confessed to Linda that he was really a woman in a man's body, and he planned on transitioning accordingly. He started taking female hormones and having electrolysis to remove facial and body hair. This was back in the eighties when the topic was much less accepting. Bruce had hoped to stay married to Linda even though he was transitioning, but she did not want that. She kept his secret all these years and did not write this book until after the time Bruce (now known as Caitlyn) announced his transition to the world. She was also offered a lot of money decades ago to write an Elvis memoir, but declined back then. She even kept the real reason for her divorce from her boys until they were old enough to handle the information. One time Bruce was watching the boys at his house when they were still little, and they observed breasts on their father. This was after he had started taking the female hormones. Linda had to come up with a believable explanation to stave off the boys from finding out just then. At first Bruce kept up with spending time with his boys after the separation and divorce, but once he married Kris Kardashian he abandoned his family with Linda for years, instead focusing on Kris's existing children and the two girls he had with Kris- Kendall and Kylie. The last third of the book involves Linda's marriage to David Foster, a Canadian musician, record producer, composer, songwriter and arranger. Their marriage was at its best when they were working together making music. He thought she was an amazing lyricist, and they wrote many songs together. Probably the most famous one they wrote together was for the Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner vehicle, "The Bodyguard"... "I Have Nothing". Linda and David had both been married before and tried to have a blended family with mixed results. David also mentally abused Linda by suddenly disappearing for various lengths of time following arguments without being available for contact. At first she would get really upset and want to file a missing persons report, but after years of the same behavior she became used to it. After years of silence she finally consented to a television interview about Elvis with Larry King. He questioned Linda about the fact that she lost her virginity to Elvis. A short time later Linda and David encountered Larry King at an entertainment gathering. When Linda introduced David to Larry King, David blurted out, "[email protected] YOU!!!", his anger simmering regarding that Elvis interview. Linda and David eventually divorced, and her analysis of losing self-esteem and respect for herself in such a relationship was spot on. I think she's had an amazing life with the highest highs and some major bumps in the road, but she's a strong and talented lady grounded by her faith in God. I learned a lot about her that I never knew, and hold her in much higher regard now that I know the details. In her acknowledgements at the end of the book, I was blown away by the sheer number of celebrities that she's friends with such as Barbara Streisand, to name one of a ton. This is a very well-written book...not really a surprise considering she's an award winning lyricist!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I didn't know if I was going to make it to the end of this book, but I managed to power through. It was interesting enough, but Linda spent soooo much time telling us what a good person she is, I didn't know if I could take any more. After just about every story she told about Elvis, Bruce or David (her second husband) she would tell us how caring and nurturing she is, how everyone says she is the nicest person in the world, how much the men in her life loved and needed her, etc, etc ., etc. It I didn't know if I was going to make it to the end of this book, but I managed to power through. It was interesting enough, but Linda spent soooo much time telling us what a good person she is, I didn't know if I could take any more. After just about every story she told about Elvis, Bruce or David (her second husband) she would tell us how caring and nurturing she is, how everyone says she is the nicest person in the world, how much the men in her life loved and needed her, etc, etc ., etc. It was exhausting!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michal McGlone

    If anyone could say anything negative about Linda Thompson from what we learn in her book, it would be that she is too kind, too patient and too trusting. Being an Elvis fan, I've waited years for her to write of her time with him. It was worth the wait. This is a book about Linda Thompson and the men she loved and still loves. She began her first relationship with the most famous man in the world and ended her second marriage to a wonderfully talented, if not complicated music writer and produc If anyone could say anything negative about Linda Thompson from what we learn in her book, it would be that she is too kind, too patient and too trusting. Being an Elvis fan, I've waited years for her to write of her time with him. It was worth the wait. This is a book about Linda Thompson and the men she loved and still loves. She began her first relationship with the most famous man in the world and ended her second marriage to a wonderfully talented, if not complicated music writer and producer. In the middle of all of this was her marriage to a man who was one of the greatest Olympians to ever compete. And he was keeping a secret that would soon end their short marriage, leaving her to raise their sons alone. She protected her children from the truth that their father was a woman trapped in a man's body until they were old and wise enough to handle it. She also protected all 3 of her loves from themselves and the rest of world. David Foster could be verbally brutal, often leaving Linda for weeks on end. Perhaps the greatest story in this book is the one she shared with Elvis. He seemed genuinely happy with her, at least for a time. Too bad he always needed someone new. It seems he could never be true to any one woman for any length of time. Whatever drove him to constantly seek out other women certainly added to his demise. Linda took extremely good care of him, which has been attested by many who were present during this time period. I cannot recommend this book enough. We all know how it ends for all 3 relationships, and certainly for Elvis. But what happens "In Between" is worth the ride. "There's black, there's white, there's right, there's wrong, and then there's Elvis Presley", Linda Thompson.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    “A Little Thing Called Life: On Loving Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner, and Songs in Between” Linda Thompson recalls the extraordinary excitement and wonder of her relationship with Elvis Presley, and her marriage to Gold Medalist athlete Bruce (Caitlyn)Jenner, with whom she had two sons. Linda’s long marriage followed-- to Grammy award winning Canadian music producer/composer David Foster. After winning the Miss Tennessee beauty pageant (1972), Linda was 22 years old when she met Elvis Presley at a “A Little Thing Called Life: On Loving Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner, and Songs in Between” Linda Thompson recalls the extraordinary excitement and wonder of her relationship with Elvis Presley, and her marriage to Gold Medalist athlete Bruce (Caitlyn)Jenner, with whom she had two sons. Linda’s long marriage followed-- to Grammy award winning Canadian music producer/composer David Foster. After winning the Miss Tennessee beauty pageant (1972), Linda was 22 years old when she met Elvis Presley at a movie theater. Aside from being utterly star-struck by Elvis’ “gloriously complex personality” she bonded with Elvis feeling as if she had already known him, and by their common Southern heritage. Though her parents both smoked, there wasn’t ever any alcohol around. Linda was unaccustomed to the pills Elvis took, and atmosphere at Graceland took some getting used to. Elvis showered her with exquisite gifts and the couple routinely flew to Las Vegas on his private jet . Lisa Marie and Linda were very close, as Linda’s story began, unfolding with a terrible call from Lisa Marie on August 16, 1977. Wanting to distance herself from Graceland, she moved to Los Angeles only 8 months before Elvis died. When she first noticed Bruce Jenner on TV in the 1976 Olympics, she had no clue how her life would eventually connect to his. Linda met Jenner after a tennis tournament in 1979. At that time Linda lived in Nashville, and was a famous easily recognized “Hee-Haw Honey” on the national Hee-Haw TV comedy show. Linda was always comfortable around Bruce, how candid, truthful and open he was about this life: she would guard his deepest secrets during their marriage (m. 1981-1984) and for decades afterwards. Bruce's celebrity allowed a visit to the Oval Office where they met President Ronald Regan, he readily put them at ease. To her credit, despite the fact that Bruce had limited involvement with his sons Brandon and Brody, there would be no father-son “Hallmark Moments”: Linda would insist on respect and tolerance of others, and was among the first to publically embrace Caitlyn as she transitioned in 2015. In writing about her 15 year marriage to David Foster (m. 1991-2005), their musical collaboration inspired some of the most beautiful song compositions ever recorded. Not at all the submissive young woman she once had been, Linda was confident and expert at handling the “yin/yang” of the positive and negative tensions and intimacy that formed her marriage to Foster. Linda, a romantic optimist, had high hopes for a happily blended family that never quite worked out; despite several attempts with counseling/therapy. Independent and on very good terms with her former spouses, Linda, a grandmother, enjoys a happy joyous family life and many lifelong friends. While fans may or may not remember Linda’s appearances on Hee-Haw, or reading about her incredible romance with Elvis Presley in collector books/magazines, she gave her first interview about Elvis on Larry King in 2002. With so many seeking to shine in the spotlight of celebrity culture, Linda has kept a surprisingly low profile. Several pages of great personal photos included.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy Miechur

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. OK let's face it. I read this book for the smut about Elvis Presley as I am a huge fan and have always wondered about the intimate details of the final years of his life! And while this book is well written, I cannot stand how she victimizes herself in every situation and every relationship she's in. All three of the "loves of her life" were married at the time when she met them, and yet she continuously says that she wouldn't get involved with married men. She also makes sure several times in t OK let's face it. I read this book for the smut about Elvis Presley as I am a huge fan and have always wondered about the intimate details of the final years of his life! And while this book is well written, I cannot stand how she victimizes herself in every situation and every relationship she's in. All three of the "loves of her life" were married at the time when she met them, and yet she continuously says that she wouldn't get involved with married men. She also makes sure several times in the book to add that somebody told her she was "the nicest person in the world ".. come on! She goes on to talk about her immediate acceptance of Bruce Jenner's decision on the transition, (as if any woman wouldn't be devastated by this) and her teachings to her boys of total acceptance, and then continues to bash Bruce Jenner for being an absentee father. She also made it a point several times to talk about the fact that she wouldn't take money from any of the very wealthy men she was with when they split up, even though she got houses, cars and jewelry.. Like I said.. the Elvis stuff was awesome and I enjoyed the pics at the end, but she seems like a total phony to me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dona

    I would officially like to nominate Linda Thompson to sainthood. No, really, I insist. Talk about a gloss over; I mean could anyone be that flawless??? I think when you decide to tell your story you should present it with shortcomings and all. In reading this it is obvious that A) either Ms. Thompson had absolutely no failings and had never made any poor choices or mistakes or B) didn’t want to go into them. Personally I’ll go with B). Maybe it has something to do with having a relationship with I would officially like to nominate Linda Thompson to sainthood. No, really, I insist. Talk about a gloss over; I mean could anyone be that flawless??? I think when you decide to tell your story you should present it with shortcomings and all. In reading this it is obvious that A) either Ms. Thompson had absolutely no failings and had never made any poor choices or mistakes or B) didn’t want to go into them. Personally I’ll go with B). Maybe it has something to do with having a relationship with Elvis. I read Ginger Alden’s book and she was the same way.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Delaine

    Hi , So far , so good . Hope it's as good as or better than Ginger Aldens , which I loved Happy reading D :) Hi , So far , so good . Hope it's as good as or better than Ginger Aldens , which I loved Happy reading D :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gina *loves sunshine*

    3 weeks ago one of my kids' friends liked a photo on instagram from Brody Jenner. I clicked on the photo and that led me to his post about this memoir. I was always a Brody fan from his part on The Hills and he was so sweet and kind in his post talking about his mama and her new book coming out - I had no idea who Linda Thompson was! The title really says it all - I can't believe this lady seriously dated Elvis and was married to Bruce Jenner and David Foster.....oh and she acted and was a poet 3 weeks ago one of my kids' friends liked a photo on instagram from Brody Jenner. I clicked on the photo and that led me to his post about this memoir. I was always a Brody fan from his part on The Hills and he was so sweet and kind in his post talking about his mama and her new book coming out - I had no idea who Linda Thompson was! The title really says it all - I can't believe this lady seriously dated Elvis and was married to Bruce Jenner and David Foster.....oh and she acted and was a poet who eventually put her written words to beautiful songs....really well known songs - that get Grammy nominations. I figured it would be quite the story! I listened to the Audio Version and Linda reads it herself. I love when the author's do the narration. It makes it so authentic that way! I honestly had no idea what info this book was going to provide...so if you are like me and knew nothing I will give you an idea of what you can look forward to. First and foremost - I don't know if you will find a sweeter, kinder, nicer lady than Linda. Wow, she really was a caretaker at heart and she LOVED her family and she acquires a lot of family members in her lifetime!! If anyone ever said a bad word about this lady I would be shocked! The first 50% of the book is her life with Elvis, that was pretty eye opening and all new info to me. I really knew nothing about him in his final years, and she obviously spent most of their relationship taking care of him and keeping him alive! The next section of the book is about her marriage to Bruce, it was a much shorter story in comparison to her time with Elvis - but her and Bruce were not together very long. Once the book moved into her life with David Foster, which was almost an 18 year relationship - it did flip flop between her and David and more of her and Bruce, which included bits about her 2 boys and then eventually Caitlyn. I thought the book was very well written, a very easy read and I learned a lot about many iconic hollywood figures. If that interests you - definitely read this. The juiciest thing I learned.....Bruce actually told Linda he wanted to transition back in the 80's and there was a good handful of people who knew these last 30 years...it just surprised me that they all protected the secret that long(kudos) - seems like nothing is sacred in that corner of the golden state!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    I was very pleasantly surprised with this book. Not knowing anything about Linda Thompson , I assumed that she was just some bimbo after Elvis's money. I have a low regard about his "Memphis Mafia" and I thought she'd fit right in with them. How wrong I was. This book was very well written. It appears that Ms Thompson wrote it without the assistance of a ghost writer, as I can't find any mention of one, either in the book, or on-line. I mostly read this book because of her time spend and writings I was very pleasantly surprised with this book. Not knowing anything about Linda Thompson , I assumed that she was just some bimbo after Elvis's money. I have a low regard about his "Memphis Mafia" and I thought she'd fit right in with them. How wrong I was. This book was very well written. It appears that Ms Thompson wrote it without the assistance of a ghost writer, as I can't find any mention of one, either in the book, or on-line. I mostly read this book because of her time spend and writings of them with Elvis. She certainly took the "high road." While she detailed life with the King, there were no "dirty bits." Other books, including the ex wife's gave us dirt on his bad hygiene habits, what he named his "privates", his almost obsession with watching two women wrestle in white underwear and so forth. None of that in this book. Linda wrote a very classy memoir. The rest of the book was also good, although I wasn't as interested as the Elvis period. Heck, I didn't even know that she was married to Bruce Jenner. I do think that she was able to reflect on the sad, confusing times with Bruce and his trans-sexual issues. Her writings about this were very heartfelt. I was least interested in her time with David the songwriter, although it did encompass, what, nineteen years of marriage. The guy seemed like a real ass. I had no idea that Linda was a very accomplished songwriter , who has had a long and successful career at that profession. All and all this was a very good book. It was interesting and enlightening, and made me feel her pain and struggles. I would recommend this book to others/

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    I quite enjoyed this memoir of Linda Thompson. I was especially interested to read about her relationship with Elvis. I found her to be mostly open and honest in recounting her life with Elvis and then her subsequent relationships. I only ever thought of her as someone who once dated Elvis but soon found out that she was also married to and had children with Bruce Jenner, the Olympic Gold medalist, better known for his marriage to Kris Kardashian and now of course for his transition into Caitlyn I quite enjoyed this memoir of Linda Thompson. I was especially interested to read about her relationship with Elvis. I found her to be mostly open and honest in recounting her life with Elvis and then her subsequent relationships. I only ever thought of her as someone who once dated Elvis but soon found out that she was also married to and had children with Bruce Jenner, the Olympic Gold medalist, better known for his marriage to Kris Kardashian and now of course for his transition into Caitlyn Jenner. Linda Thompson went through some bizarre stuff in all three of her relationships and put up with some behaviour that was demoralising and took away her power but she grew from all those experiences and is a well known and awarded songwriter in her own right. I admire her for not ever using her relationship with Elvis to gain celebrity or to make money. Even now that she has revealed what she has, she has done so with reverence and respect for the man who was flawed in so many ways but was also an amazing human being and entertainer. She also extends this courtesy to both her other partners, telling it how it is without sensationalising it, which she could have done very easily. So much has been written about Elvis Presley but I found this refreshing as it did not rehash old stuff that has been written about time and again. Even without the Elvis connection this would have been an enjoyable read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Trite Amateurishly written, full of platitudes, banality and self deception. Very little accountability for the path she chose, her young age no excuse for those decisions. She was pretty and wanted to be famous. She willingly elected to be a groupie and a fame-whore, no matter how you slice it. We all make poor choices. If you're going to write a book about them, own it. There is nothing new here, everything sugar coated and watered down by someone trying to downplay their part in it, but withou Trite Amateurishly written, full of platitudes, banality and self deception. Very little accountability for the path she chose, her young age no excuse for those decisions. She was pretty and wanted to be famous. She willingly elected to be a groupie and a fame-whore, no matter how you slice it. We all make poor choices. If you're going to write a book about them, own it. There is nothing new here, everything sugar coated and watered down by someone trying to downplay their part in it, but without the depth of character to make the "deep" observations she attempts. Sorry. She's probably a "very nice" person, as she continually ascertains her acquaintances ascertained

  12. 4 out of 5

    C-shaw

    A book I bought for my Mum's birthday (at her request). Elvis was weird! This was a very interesting and well-written autobiography. Linda Thompson's life with Elvis and her marriage to Bruce Jenner are told in a loving and introspective way, honest but without too much tale-telling. I didn't care much for her personally - she seemed a little too goody-two-shoes and self-promoting to be true - but she was and is very beautiful and is quite a talented writer. I highly recommend the book for anyone A book I bought for my Mum's birthday (at her request). Elvis was weird! This was a very interesting and well-written autobiography. Linda Thompson's life with Elvis and her marriage to Bruce Jenner are told in a loving and introspective way, honest but without too much tale-telling. I didn't care much for her personally - she seemed a little too goody-two-shoes and self-promoting to be true - but she was and is very beautiful and is quite a talented writer. I highly recommend the book for anyone interested in these celebrities.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Zuern

    Well, I read this because of Elvis. That being said, their baby talk really was strange to me and a bit unsettling. I powered through the rest, and I guess it's good to know there's actual saints in this world. Yes, that is a bit of sarcasm. I think if the editor had cut out all the times she mentions how nice she says she is it would have been a much quicker read. Well, I read this because of Elvis. That being said, their baby talk really was strange to me and a bit unsettling. I powered through the rest, and I guess it's good to know there's actual saints in this world. Yes, that is a bit of sarcasm. I think if the editor had cut out all the times she mentions how nice she says she is it would have been a much quicker read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rita D’Orazio

    If I had to describe this book in one word, it'd be, classy. I love that Linda Thompson has told her life story in such an amazing fashion. A very interesting read that you won't want to put down. Bravo to Linda Thompson and thank you for sharing your life with us. If I had to describe this book in one word, it'd be, classy. I love that Linda Thompson has told her life story in such an amazing fashion. A very interesting read that you won't want to put down. Bravo to Linda Thompson and thank you for sharing your life with us.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sherre Johnson

    I loved this book! Very honest and heartfelt. I highly recommend this book...you won't be disappointed! A lot about Elvis and I love how she writes honestly. I loved this book! Very honest and heartfelt. I highly recommend this book...you won't be disappointed! A lot about Elvis and I love how she writes honestly.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mollie

    The Elvis baby talk stuff creeped me out but it was a very interesting book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sue Gerhardt Griffiths

    I'm a huge fan of Elvis Presley so I knew without a doubt I would love this book. And I did. Absorbing and heartfelt. I was surprised when I saw this book at the department store as I had no idea that Linda Thompson had even penned her life story. I Googled the libraries website and found it available so borrowed it the same day. Everything written about Elvis is just too tempting to not read especially by someone like Linda Thompson as I knew she had been with Elvis for quite a while and I want I'm a huge fan of Elvis Presley so I knew without a doubt I would love this book. And I did. Absorbing and heartfelt. I was surprised when I saw this book at the department store as I had no idea that Linda Thompson had even penned her life story. I Googled the libraries website and found it available so borrowed it the same day. Everything written about Elvis is just too tempting to not read especially by someone like Linda Thompson as I knew she had been with Elvis for quite a while and I wanted to know her story. And wow, what a story! She gives the reader a most remarkable, open and honest account of her time with Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner and David Foster. This book left me in awe of Linda Thompson - I only ever knew her as Elvis's girlfriend and had no idea of her extraordinary life that was to follow. A five year marriage to former Olympic Gold Medal decathlete bruce Jenner (now known as Caitlyn Jenner), and (better known for his marriage to Kris Kardashian), with whom she had two sons Brandon and Brody. A 19 year marriage to Canadian composer and record producer David Foster. She's an accomplished songwriter/lyricist, a former actress and beauty pageant winner. This is a classy and beautifully written book by a sweet, kind and selfless person. I greatly respect that throughout this book she never said a bad word against anyone that was in her life. And neither did she reveal Bruce Jenner's issue with gender dysphoria when he told her back in 1985, until recently. She certainly comes across as an upstanding person and made this book a pleasure to read. It's filled with compelling and touching stories and sixteen pages of wonderful photographs.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Buck Winthrop

    To many people, Linda Thompson has been known for many years in music circles for her talented career as a lyricist. As a die-hard Whitney Houston fan, "I Have Nothing" one of the pop superstar's most iconic hits was written by Thompson for the meg-hit "The Bodyguard" and produced by David Foster, Thompson's former husband. The pair even have cameo roles in that film as the Academy Awards conductor and attendee, respectively. It is anecdotes such as these creating the vast, intricate tapestry in To many people, Linda Thompson has been known for many years in music circles for her talented career as a lyricist. As a die-hard Whitney Houston fan, "I Have Nothing" one of the pop superstar's most iconic hits was written by Thompson for the meg-hit "The Bodyguard" and produced by David Foster, Thompson's former husband. The pair even have cameo roles in that film as the Academy Awards conductor and attendee, respectively. It is anecdotes such as these creating the vast, intricate tapestry in the engaging new memoir, "A Little Thing Called Life" Linda Thompson's life reads like any small town girl's dream. As Miss Tennessee in 1972 she went on to catch the eye of Elvis Presley, arguably the most famous music legend of all time. They shared a tender, if not complex relationship, exposing Linda to a world of which she seemed ill-prepared but who handled with grace and maturity. Later, almost cryptically, after commenting to Elvis that "I am going to marry that man one day, Linda married Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner and they seemed the perfect couple having two boys, Brody and Brandon. But the truth about Bruce's inner genre identity crisis is as hard at times to understand and accept for the reader as it was by Linda. Later, Linda's marriage to another superstar David Foster brought more headlines and heartache for the devoted mother ending in divorce which can never be easy whether you are famous or not. What is truly fascinating about Linda Thompson and this book is she shines much of the spotlight on those in her life and less on herself leaving one to want more of HER. I am in a unique position because I am one of the lucky readers in Los Angeles who can say that I have met Linda Thompson, and her sons on different occasions and you could not meet people who are any kinder. To those wondering, Linda looked 38 in person! And that, made reading this touching book so much more enjoyable for me. I recommend it highly to anyone interested in not only the lives of celebrity marriages but how one woman managed somehow to raise two amazing sons without ever falling prey to the TMZ-esque downfalls of Hollywood.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    This was a very interesting autobiography written by Linda Thompson who spend 5 years living with Elvis. She has waited until now to reveal the inside story of that relationship. She also married Bruce Jenner and had 2 sons with him. She knew about his gender identity after they had been married for a few years. She always supported his choices but could not stay married to him once he decided he was going to transition into a woman. He was taking hormones and had some surgeries while she was wit This was a very interesting autobiography written by Linda Thompson who spend 5 years living with Elvis. She has waited until now to reveal the inside story of that relationship. She also married Bruce Jenner and had 2 sons with him. She knew about his gender identity after they had been married for a few years. She always supported his choices but could not stay married to him once he decided he was going to transition into a woman. He was taking hormones and had some surgeries while she was with him. He wanted to stay married to her but she did not want to be with a woman as a partner. In respect to Bruce, until he came out as Kaitlyn, she decided not to write this book. Then she met David Foster, the songwriter. She was with him for about 5 years before she married him. It was about the same time that Bruce Jenner met and married Kris Kardashian. Linda Thompson is very candid about her relationship with David Foster too. She comments often on how small the "community" she lives in has been. She took care of Elvis's Lisa Marie when she was 4 years old until she split with Elvis. She raised her own boys, along with David's daughters for years. She is not known as well for one of her biggest talents which is writing song lyrics. She wrote "I Have Nothing from The Bodyguard that Whitney Houston recorded along with 22 other songs that have been recorded by various artists. There are several pages of photos with Elvis, Bruce Jenner and David Foster. The only thing I didn't like about this book was that I felt the words were sometimes stilted and could have been written in a more flowing style.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Machelle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really tried to like this book as Linda Thompson is a Tennessee girl and I think she is absolutely an accomplished woman,songwriter. AND although I am sure Linda Thompson is a "nice" person, this book is so slanted in its view as if she is applying for sainthood! We all know in reality that Elvis was not an angel, but my personal feeling is she can't absolve herself from her part in his demise by saying she loved him. Then she talks about how much she loves Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner, yet her painti I really tried to like this book as Linda Thompson is a Tennessee girl and I think she is absolutely an accomplished woman,songwriter. AND although I am sure Linda Thompson is a "nice" person, this book is so slanted in its view as if she is applying for sainthood! We all know in reality that Elvis was not an angel, but my personal feeling is she can't absolve herself from her part in his demise by saying she loved him. Then she talks about how much she loves Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner, yet her painting of him/her as one of the worst "deadbeat dads" ever speaks loudly of the opposite. I personally think that she has a "savior complex" as far as men are concerned or at least pictures herself as the person that can fix it all with her love and beauty. Also, I feel a lot of this books is passive aggressive toward the "loves" in her life. Get some therapy, please! If I had it to do over again, I probably would have skipped reading this one.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Branciforte

    I have to say that I really enjoyed this autobiography by Linda Thompson. I thought I would just skim through it, but once I started reading, I was hooked! I had no idea who Linda Thompson was, but when I read the book flap was instantly intrigued by the woman who was Elvis's girlfriend for 4 years, married to Bruce Jenner ( and the mother of his 2 sons) and then married to David Foster, and is a fairly accomplished song writer in her own right......I mean seriously, I needed to know about her l I have to say that I really enjoyed this autobiography by Linda Thompson. I thought I would just skim through it, but once I started reading, I was hooked! I had no idea who Linda Thompson was, but when I read the book flap was instantly intrigued by the woman who was Elvis's girlfriend for 4 years, married to Bruce Jenner ( and the mother of his 2 sons) and then married to David Foster, and is a fairly accomplished song writer in her own right......I mean seriously, I needed to know about her life! This was a beautifully written book- she seems to be such a nice , kind and good hearted person, she never said one bad word about any of the people in her life. I can't say this was a tell-all, but it provided a good glimpse into the lives of these famous people in the nicest way possible. I would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys celebrity memoirs!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Darlene Payne

    I'll be honest - I got this book because I knew Ms Thompson had had relationships with both Elvis Presley and Bruce Jenner. Gotta be a hell of a story there somewhere, am I right? This book surprised me for two reasons. First off, Ms Thompson doesn't trash talk any of her exes, nor does she try to act like they were anything but real, flawed people. You see Elvis, Bruce and her other ex-husband David Foster, as human beings, and they come off very well. The second surprise was about Ms Thompson's I'll be honest - I got this book because I knew Ms Thompson had had relationships with both Elvis Presley and Bruce Jenner. Gotta be a hell of a story there somewhere, am I right? This book surprised me for two reasons. First off, Ms Thompson doesn't trash talk any of her exes, nor does she try to act like they were anything but real, flawed people. You see Elvis, Bruce and her other ex-husband David Foster, as human beings, and they come off very well. The second surprise was about Ms Thompson's songwriting. I knew that's how she made her living these days, but I was surprised at some of the songs I know well that I didn't realize she'd written the lyrics to. I Have Nothing, recorded by Whitney Houston, and Miracle, my favorite song performed by Celine Dion, were both written by Thompson, as well as many others. This was a very interesting, very good book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carol N

    In good conscience, I must admit having grown up with Elvis' music, I have and always will be a FAN! So to state that I really enjoyed this book is a plus especially when someone as close to him as Linda reflects on her love for him. Unlike many memoirs, it was well-written and from the heart of Linda Thompson, his long time girl friend and the second wife to Bruce Jenner and David Foster. It gives the reader a glimpse into the real lives of these famous people, their struggles and hardships as In good conscience, I must admit having grown up with Elvis' music, I have and always will be a FAN! So to state that I really enjoyed this book is a plus especially when someone as close to him as Linda reflects on her love for him. Unlike many memoirs, it was well-written and from the heart of Linda Thompson, his long time girl friend and the second wife to Bruce Jenner and David Foster. It gives the reader a glimpse into the real lives of these famous people, their struggles and hardships as she recounts her incredible journey through the years. Her glimpses brings insight into the lives of these three legendary men. My only negative thought about this book is . . . she was too kind, patient and trusting in all of her love affairs.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Grohol

    Interesting life of Linda Thompson....her life with Elvis, Bruce Jenner and David Foster...and her best role of all, mother to Brandon and Brody Jenner. She has led an almost magical life but also a life filled with sadness. Over the years, being a songwriter, she has written most of the songs we have heard over the years. I recommend this book to those who are curious about her and her life.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Annie Booker

    I couldn't get past the second chapter. I love Elvis Presley but this book is so sugary sweet in its remembrances of her life with him that I felt like I was reading a fairy story. I think Ms Thompson should stick to writing love songs. I couldn't get past the second chapter. I love Elvis Presley but this book is so sugary sweet in its remembrances of her life with him that I felt like I was reading a fairy story. I think Ms Thompson should stick to writing love songs.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brian Rothbart

    this rating is only based on the ELVIS sections, which is roughly half of the book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Deena Dietrich

    Linda's memoir was fantastic, and I just flew through the 360 pages. I thought it was significant that half of Linda's book was dedicated to her life with Elvis which was only 4 1/2 years. Linda's memoir was fantastic, and I just flew through the 360 pages. I thought it was significant that half of Linda's book was dedicated to her life with Elvis which was only 4 1/2 years.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    No new information on the subject of The King. I had not read the story from Linda Thompson’s point of view. And I was curious about her marriage to Bruce Jenner. I did not know that Ms Thompson is a prolific songwriter. She penned one of my favorite Christmas songs by Natalie Cole, My Grownup Christmas List. Also music from The Bodyguard and lyrics for Josh Groban hits. Well done!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Vickie Woelfel

    Wow I couldn't put it down. She truly has a story that keeps you reading day after day. Don't miss out. Wow I couldn't put it down. She truly has a story that keeps you reading day after day. Don't miss out.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carol Wiilliams

    I must admit I was a skeptic at first. I had only heard of Linda Thompson in connection with Elvis and had NO idea she had been married to Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner and David Foster. Yes.... She was starstruck by Elvis at 22 years old..... But who wouldn't be? He did spoil her with many extravagant things and she was living a life few could imagine. For nearly 5 years she actually lived Elvis's life and put up with his cheating. She was pretty much his doormat at times and she just took it. I do think I must admit I was a skeptic at first. I had only heard of Linda Thompson in connection with Elvis and had NO idea she had been married to Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner and David Foster. Yes.... She was starstruck by Elvis at 22 years old..... But who wouldn't be? He did spoil her with many extravagant things and she was living a life few could imagine. For nearly 5 years she actually lived Elvis's life and put up with his cheating. She was pretty much his doormat at times and she just took it. I do think her love for him was genuine and I believe if she had of stayed in his life he may have lived longer because she did her best to try to save him from himself. I'm sorry Elvis died from drug use, but I'm glad that Linda realized she deserved better than what she was getting from him. Her marriage to Jenner was a pathetic sham.... On Jenner's fault. He knew when he married her that he had gender issues and still he had two children with her and then decided to tell her his secret. I know she is so glad to have her two sons.... But Jenner was totally unfair to her and the way he ignored his children was disgusting, especially since he ended up married to Kris Kardashian and had children with her, too. I think he married her to live off the fame flame. He was a father to all her children and not one at all to his and Linda's. I find him/her repulsive and not because of his choice to come out as a woman, but just because he/she was so selfish. I feel very badly for Linda and her sons. They deserved so much better. Her relationship and marriage to David Foster may have lasted longer, and he actually was more of a father to her sons than their blood father, but he was still a jerk. Just from seeing how he treated his last wife Yolanda Foster gave me a glimpse into what poor Linda dealt with for twice as long. She is well rid of him. Another cheater. The book is well written and between each chapter are lyrics that Linda wrote. She is truly gifted. I learned a lot from this book and enjoyed my few days sitting on the beach reading it. Lots of good pictures, too. Well done, Linda. I wish you the best.

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