Why couldn't he have a name easy to pronounce, such as Vladimir Ramlogorsky or Vycheslav Pakhtusov, wondered sixteen-year-old Tamara when she met the foreign correspondent Eddy Gilmore in wartime Moscow. Despite the assertion that she is ""one of the most unpolitical persons in the world,"" Tamara suffered exile because of her attachment to ""Meester"" Gilmore, who saw to it that she was released and married her. They have since lived in Russia, America, and, for the most part, England, where she has enjoyed association with royalty and celebrities from Queens Elizabeth and Fredericka to Peter Ustinov and Mike Todd, also notable eccentrics, including millionaires John Schesinger and J. Paul Getty. But Tamara does pretty well herself: she's a champagne spirit who once bathed in blanc des blancs. She bubbles purposively, brightly here in a rather engaging if overdetermined memoir.