Shelved Dolls: Vicki Morgan – Had Sex With Alfred Bloomingdale, Got Murdered

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We’ve spent the past few weeks on respectable citizens of the British Empire so this week I had an important question to ask myself. That question was, “Do I want to read a juicy story about sex, or do I want to read a juicy story about murder?” I decided I wanted to read both. Meet Vicki Morgan!

A “beautiful bad girl” according to Gordon Basichis, she was Alfred S. Bloomingdale’s mistress. To understand how big a deal that was, you probably need to know who Alfred Bloomingdale was.

No, he did not found New York’s department store Bloomingdale’s.

His grandfather did.

You know the saying that “the first generation makes it, the second generation saves it, and the third generation loses it?” Or, to amplify according to the poet-philosopher Jack Donaghy, “The first generation works their fingers to the bone making things, the next generation goes to college and innovates new ideas, the third generation . . . snowboards and takes improv classes.”

That was to be the fate of Alfred S. Bloomingdale.

But then something wonderful and amazing happened. Alfred realized that, while out on the town, he did not like carrying the large sums of cash often required for him to dine in style. So he started a system called “dine and sign” where you could present a card to a restaurant, they would keep it on file, and you would pay later. He went on to become a co-founder of Diner’s Club, the first universally accepted credit card.

The dude invented the credit card. (The improv classes really paid off.)

With this success, he and his second wife Betsy became close friends with Ronald and Nancy Reagan; when Reagan became President, Alfred served in his inner circle of advisers. Meanwhile, Betsy became one of Hollywood’s most famous hostesses.

The Wall Street Journal notes:

In Paris in the summer of 1996, Betsy Bloomingdale left the Valentino haute couture show without placing an order and strolled back to her hotel along the Avenue Montaigne. On a whim, she stepped into a boutique whose window displayed a Valentino ready-to-wear gown. “I thought, ‘I like that and that. And I can buy three of those for the price of one haute couture gown,’ ” recalled Mrs. Bloomingdale. “That’s when I started wearing ready-to-wear.”


That story is intended to show that Betsy Bloomingdale was down to earth. Really, not joking.

So, with all the money to buy Paris fashions for his wife, Alfred probably didn’t balk at handing an usher he met at Grauman’s Chinese Theater $6,000 to go on a date with him. That is how this middle aged man became acquainted with the teen-aged Vicki in 1968. He apparently gave her a check saying it was “a gift for a lovely girl who brightened his day” and she gave him her phone number.

I would make a joke about how he could get three lovely girls for the price of one Betsy, but that would not be fair, because women aren’t objects, and also, he could likely get  23 for the price of one Betsy. So that joke would be incorrect because of both morals and economics.

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    • Katie

      That was wonderful and fascinating and sad. And I want there to be a movie so bad.

    • WineRanger

      The Dominick Dunne novel, An Inconvenient Woman, is an amazing read based on Vicki and Alfred. I giggled all through this piece and now will order the book as well as a few others, no doubt.

    • mema

      There was a more factual book written many years ago called “Beautiful bad girl”
      She had a son when she met Alfred, wonder what ever became of him

    • Anonachocolatemousse

      Many of these Shelved Dolls are tragic and sad, but this I think by far is the saddest I have ever read. To end up with two guys who were into S&M and orgies when that was not what you wanted for yourself and then being murdered in your sleep by a not stable person. Gosh, I think I need a good cry now.

      • Jennifer Wright

        Keep reminding yourself that she got to have a tender, meaningful relationship with Cary Grant. (Dude. Why did she not stay with Cary Grant?)

      • Anonachocolatemousse

        True, very true. I would have NEVER given up Cary Grant. Everyday I wish he was still alive.

    • lilith

      I liked your story but I can’t make myself to feel sorry for her. It all comes to one thing – she still prefered S&M to hard work.

    • PVM

      Her son, Todd is still around the LA area. After her death her mother got court awarded vicki’s 200 g’s for todd from “Bloomy”.

    • dan

      The elite are a bit more careful now on who they allow into their circle. Their mistresses are now programmed slaves. Kubrick’s Eyes wide shut gives us a glimpse into the lifestyle of the rich and Satanic.