How did the son of Alabama grocers end up becoming an acclaimed interior designer in the entertainment capital of the world, with a career that spans over 50 years? Bernardo Puccio shares his remarkable life story in his riveting new autobiography 13 Pieces of Unmatched Luggage…And My Poodle: A Story of Survival.
As a young gay man growing up in the segregated south, being gay was certainly not considered the best thing to be in such an already dangerous and hostile environment. After starting a forbidden relationship with a married DJ, Bernardo was able to experience a glamorous, jet-set lifestyle that included dinners with the Beatles and The Rolling Stones. But he then decided to leave that life behind and start fresh on his own with a bold move out West to Beverly Hills – with nothing but 13 pieces of unmatched luggage and his poodle.
“My journey was particularly amazing. I was a fragile boy from a small community called Ensley, located in Birmingham, Alabama. From that humble origin I became one of California’s foremost interior designers. I walked with stars and luminaries who occupied the Golden Age of Hollywood. I tasted of every fruit and still craved more.” – Bernardo Puccio
Bernardo’s career as an interior designer in Beverly Hills quickly took off, accompanied by a glamorous lifestyle and friendships with Hollywood legends such as Lana Turner and Elizabeth Taylor. Aside from being a respected designer and a part of the Hollywood elite, he was an intrepid activist, along with Taylor, in the crusade against HIV/AIDS.
Bernardo, however, spent many years living dangerously, while also surviving the HIV/AIDS epidemic and a life-threatening medical crisis. Finally, he was given the freedom 11 years ago to marry his longtime partner, Orin Kennedy—a love story chronicled in the award-winning documentary, An Ordinary Couple.
Told with wit and candor, Bernardo’s autobiography is both a captivating tale of success, glamour, fame, and love—and, even more important, an inspiring story of survival.
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