Parnassus Books welcomes Linda Thompson as she discusses and signs A Little Thing Called Life.
Unforgettable relationships have shaped Linda Thompson’s life - two breathtaking love stories that she has kept private, until now. Born and raised in a small suburb of Memphis, Linda was determined to make it as an independent woman in the 1970s American South. Only twelve credits shy of her degree, she met Elvis Presley. For the coed and the King, it was love at first sight. While Linda became Elvis’ muse, he encouraged her to devote herself to her songwriting - a passion that would blossom into an award-winning career. For nearly five years, these creative soulmates lived happily in Graceland, raising Elvis’ daughter, Lisa Marie. But Elvis’ drug use and erratic behavior eventually split them apart, just eight months before his death. Moving to Los Angeles, Linda nurtured her music career and became a star on the long-running variety show Hee Haw. She also found new love with a man she’d long-admired, Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner. To the world, this beautiful couple shared an idyllic life. But a secret would ultimately devastate their marriage; a confidence that Linda carefully protected for thirty years, until her ex-husband opened his heart to the world. Difficult as this end of her marriage to Bruce was, her search for love was not over, eventually leading her to the legendary music producer and musician David Foster to whom she was married for nineteen years.
Compassionate yet candid, filled with compelling details and sixteen pages of color photos, A Little Thing Called Life lovingly recounts Linda’s incredible journey and offers fascinating insight into two legendary men.
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. Today, she works with her foundation PULSE, which is dedicated to helping those who cannot help themselves. She lives in Malibu, California.