"I asked him about differences in the nature of friendships with men and with women. “Women are more intense about it,” he replied, “because they’re always dealing with other women, and that’s so dicey. There’s always going to be trouble there. Can you imagine the trouble between Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart?” Noting my inquiring expression, he said, “Well, Eleanor was in love with Amelia, and Amelia was in love with my father.” He added, “My father kept taking Amelia and me to college football games, which bored us beyond words. She and I would read, write, and exchange poetry throughout every game. I had hoped that my father would marry her so that she would become my stepmother. But when I asked him why they hadn’t married, he said, ‘She was like a boy. I never wanted to marry another boy.’ ”
- an excerpt from a Vanity Fair, Gore Vidal profile, on important women in his life.
Gore’s father Eugene Vidal was an athlete and aviation pioneer.