In this Not Dunne Yet bonus episode, we explore a moment in time for Dominick Dunne, and a trip he makes in 1947, connecting him with Anaïs Nin through Gore Vidal. In 1977, Anaïs Nin comes back into the story to complete a full circle moment with Dominick’s son, Griffin Dunne.
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Diana Vreeland, doyen of New York’s fashion world in the 1960s, was certainly not the mother of Phoebe Pierce Vreeland, Truman Capote’s girlfriend in high school. But the two Vreeland Swans are closely related … You were only a wee bit off! Phoebe married in 1952 to Diane’s nephew, Dirck Van Riper Vreeland. That is, Diane’s husband, Thomas Reed Vreeland, had a brother, Gen. Herbert H. Vreeland, whose son Dirck married in 1952 to Phoebe Pierce. That make’s Phoebe Pierce Vreeland the wife of Diane’s nephew … Close enough to share a table with Diane at the Stork Club on New Year’s Eve!