Oh the Hell of It All by Pat Montandon

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Thrust into the media spotlight with her son Sean Wilsey's searing portrayal of her in his New York Times bestseller Oh the Glory of It All, the former queen of San Francisco society shares her own candid take on the fascinating events of her life.

Once dubbed San Francisco's "Golden Girl," Montandon socialized with the cream of San Francisco society, including Danielle Steel, Alex Haley, and the Gettys. Immortalized as a character in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City, she lived a seemingly perfect life in a penthouse above the San Francisco Bay, complete with her marriage to multimillionaire Al Wilsey and the birth of her son, Sean. From her lavish parties to her legendary Roundtable lunches, Montandon was always the talk of the town.

Then, less than a decade later, Wilsey announced he was divorcing her, and Sean abandoned her as well—both for the affections of her once-close friend, Dede Traina. Left penniless and virtually suicidal, Montandon once again had to reinvent herself, this time as a humanitarian for peace. From Berlin to Beslan, she made it her life's mission to give a voice to the world's children and spread a message of hope in times of crisis. Oh the Hell of It All is a rich feast of a story: that of a poor girl turned rich turned poor again, in and out of love and betrayed by those closest to her, who has achieved peace in her life through devotion to something outside herself.


About Pat Montandon

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Pat Montandon moved from Oklahoma to San Francisco in the 1960s, becoming a newspaper columnist, television host, and writer. She has been interviewed by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, People, and numerous other media outlets. She lives in Beverly Hills.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 370 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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“Almost everything was considered a sin while I was growing up as a preacher's daughter in Texas and Oklahoma in the ’30s . . .”

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Pat Montandon, Sean Wilsey’s mom, tells her side of the story.

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The attractive blonde dated Sinatra (he called her Patty Baby ) and ever-so-briefly married famed attorney Melvin Belli, who took her to Tokyo for a Shinto wedding ceremony.

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