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 apparently 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 19 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 16 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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About the Author
Linda Thompson has been nominated for an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and won an Emmy Award for writing some of the most recognized songs of a generation. She starred on the long-running hit television series Hee Haw for fifteen years, as well as the reality show Princes of Malibu with her sons, Brandon and Brody Jenner. She lives in Malibu, California.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The King Is Gone 1
Chapter 2 Made in Memphis 8
Chapter 3 Love at First Sight 20
Chapter 4 A Vegas Fairy Tale 37
Chapter 5 The Other Elvis 55
Chapter 6 TCB with TLC 78
Chapter 7 A Little Breathing Room 94
Chapter 8 You'll Always Be Safe with Me 110
Chapter 9 Our Hospital Home 128
Chapter 10 The Pain of Too Much Tenderness 143
Chapter 11 Hee Haw Honey 161
Chapter 12 A Final Goodbye at Graceland 170
Chapter 13 Gold Medal Love 180
Chapter 14 A Model Family 199
Chapter 15 I Married a Woman 217
Chapter 16 Music and Lyrics by Us 233
Chapter 17 Navigating Life 248
Chapter 18 No Filter 257
Chapter 19 Voices That Care 270
Chapter 20 No Hallmark Memories 279
Chapter 21 Academy Award-Nominated Songwriter 295
Chapter 22 Villa Casablanca 302
Chapter 23 Party of One 318
Chapter 24 Princes of Malibu 333
Chapter 25 Caitlyn Coming Out 345
Song Credits 367
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
She was very honest and open about her relationships...not in a bashing way, she just told her story the way it happened. It was very well written.
Three very famous extreordinary men loved by a woman who became extraordinary herself from living with them. CB
Enjoyable read fot the most part. Quite unusual that one gal would have three famous husbands. She certainly provided some info about Elvis's personality that was news to me. Her marriage to Bruce Jenner dissolved due to his gender issues and her depiction pretty much jives with Caitlyn Jenners new book. The David Foster part of her story was pretty bland compared to the previous two. I bought the book to read about these three relationships, was not too interested in the song writer stuff, I guess she felt it necessary to show she had talent.
Enjoyed reading this book. Linda Thompson is a very loving and caring woman who is extremly loyal and dedicated to her family. Elvis, Bruce and David were lucky to be with such a wonderful person. Glad i read the book for a number of reasons, one being I was never aware that she was a famous song writer. Talented and beautiful what more can you ask for. Wish you a long happy life Ms. Thompson.
I found that i knew more about her music than i thought i knew
She sounds like a beautiful woman inside and out
I purchased this book, because I love Elvis. I loved it. Linda is a great mother and step mother not to mention a great ex-wife. Who can say that in L.A lol! Great read if you love music / pop culture & a story of a down to earth girl who has a great story.
Linda Thompson has lead an incredible life that she shares with an audience as you read this first class autobiography . You meet the three big romantic loves of her life Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner, and David Foster.She shares stories about these men, you would expect to only share with your close friends, with such honesty. She also shares the lessons learned along the way. Grab a glass a wine and sit back and relax in this wonderful book.
This book was very interesting and couldn't put it down