From Library Journal
When Rudy and Eleanor met in 1945, the Yalie "crooner" was already past the apotheosis he had reached during the Depression Era, and the schoolgirl had to ask her mother who Vallee was. They bridged the generation chasm with a steadfast affection that comes across more genuinely than any anecdote in this pallid biography. As a chronicle of Rudy's career, Eleanor's account is perplexing?in part because the author has an aversion to dates?but as a barometer of waning stardom, it is occasionally poignant. From television offers and film scenarios that never materialized to his Broadway "comeback," Eleanor focuses on the twilight of Rudy's career and offers the lasting lesson that fame is fickle. For all the book's good intentions, the result can be cloying, presumably because the author is too close to her subject. Less a biography, more a tribute to a legend past his prime, this is recommended for only the most comprehensive collections.?Jayne Plymale-Jackson, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Athens
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For over thirty years, Eleanor Vallee was married to America's first heartthrob, Rudy Vallee. In My Vagabond Lover, she takes the reader through their glamourous life together in the Golden Age of Hollywood (with the help of more than seventy previously unpublished photographs, personal correspondence, and rare memorabilia) and reveals what it's like to have lived with one of America's most popular singers and actors in the golden age of the big band, and beyond. My Vagabond Lover will delight those who remember Vallee in his heyday, and those new generations that are rediscovering him through his films being seen once again over cable and satellite television. -- Midwest Book Review