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Title:
Jackie, Ethel, Joan : women of Camelot
Author:
Taraborrelli, J. Randy.
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Publication Information:
New York : Warner Books, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xiv, 528 pages : photographs ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780446524261
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Jacqueline Bouvier. Ethel Skakel. Joan Bennett. Three women who married into America's royal family and became forever linked in legend. Set against the panorama of explosive American history, this unique story offers a rarely-seen look at the relationship shared among the three women -- during the Camelot years and beyond. Whether dealing with their husbands' blatant infidelities, stumping for their many political campaigns, touring the world to promote their family's legacy, raising their children, or confronting death, the Kennedy wives did it all with grace, style and dignity.


Author Notes

Bestselling author and news reporter J. Randy Taraborrelli was born on February 29, 1956. His biographies have focused on celebrities such as Cher, Carol Burnett, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marilyn Monroe. His biography called The Hiltons: The True Story of an American Dynasty, made it to the New York Times bestseller list in 2014. His latest book is Jackie, Janet & Lee: The Secret Lives of Janet Auchincloss and Her Daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill, published in January 2018.

Taraborrelli has been a guest on television programs including Today, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, and CNN. He also contributes entertainment articles internationally to Hello!, The Daily Mail and Sunday Mail, and Australia's Women's Weekly.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Library Journal Review

The Kennedys once again are the focus of a biography, but this time the stories bring together three women who married into the famous family: Jackie Bouvier, Ethel Skakel, and Joan Bennett. Although their childhoods are briefly visited, it is the years of Camelot that are the main focus here, with much attention to its poignant collapse upon the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy. Filled with anecdotes derived from an exhaustive list of sources, including interviews and personal letters, there are enough tantalizing interpersonal scenes to keep even the most experienced Kennedy watcher alert. Taraborrelli keeps true to his focus by emphasizing the wives' reactions, feelings, and accomplishments rather than shifting to the Kennedy family members themselves. Although the narrative borders on the melodramatic at times, the comfortable pace, coupled with a rich reading by Beth Fowler, makes this a necessary purchase for any public library collection.ÄSusan McCaffrey, Haslett H.S., MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Prologue: Long Live the Queenp. 1
Part 1 Joan...p. 7
Jackie...p. 10
Ethel...p. 12
... and the Secret Servicep. 15
Jack Defeats Nixonp. 18
The Pre-Inaugural Galap. 24
Jackp. 27
The Five Inaugural Ballsp. 30
Bobbyp. 34
The Skakelsp. 37
Not One to Feel Sorry for Herselfp. 46
White House Infidelitiesp. 47
The Bouviersp. 51
Jackie's First Meeting with Ethelp. 57
Jack Proposes Marriagep. 61
All of This, and Morep. 67
Joseph and Jackie's Dealp. 73
Sisterly Advicep. 76
The Bennettsp. 81
Part 2 A Legacy of Infidelityp. 93
Jack's Affair with Marilynp. 96
Jackie's Expensive Diversionp. 98
Madcap Ethel during the Kennedy Presidencyp. 102
Joan's Social Impassep. 106
Trying to Understand Each Otherp. 108
Jackie's Documentary: A Tour of the White Housep. 111
The Voicep. 114
"Secrets Always Come Out"p. 118
Part 3 Bobby Meets Marilynp. 125
"Life's Too Short to Worry about Marilyn Monroe"p. 127
Jackie's Ultimatum to Jackp. 132
Bobby's Rumored Affair with Marilynp. 133
Joseph's Strokep. 135
At Horizon Housep. 138
The Walking Canep. 140
Life at the Hyannis Port Compoundp. 142
The Fourth of July in Hyannis Port, 1962p. 145
Joan's Many Faux Pasp. 147
Pat Finds Jackie "So Insecure"p. 152
Marilyn Monroe's Deathp. 154
Jackie Goes Away to Thinkp. 157
Part 4 The Kennedy Women Do Men's Workp. 163
Jackie's Wicked Schemep. 173
The Cuban Missile Crisisp. 175
Joan--The Senator's Wifep. 182
Part 5 Delighted to Be Pregnantp. 189
The Deaths of Infants Arabella and Patrickp. 190
Lee Radziwill Invites Jackie-in-Mourningp. 198
"Not Ethel's Best Moment"p. 201
Aboard the Christinap. 203
Jack Summons Jackie--To No Availp. 207
"Ari Is Not for You"p. 209
Part 6 Jack's Rapprochement with Jackie: "Getting to Know You"p. 213
Tragedyp. 216
"The President's Been Shot"p. 220
Holy Mary, Mother of Godp. 222
"The Party's Been Canceled--The President's Dead"p. 225
In Mourningp. 230
Tea with Lady Birdp. 234
Thanksgiving, 1963p. 238
Jackie's Camelotp. 242
"Let It All Out"p. 245
Aftermathp. 248
Part 7 Moving Out of the White Housep. 257
Lyndon Johnson "Using Jackie"p. 261
The Kennedy Camp on LBJ: "A Blight on the New Frontier"p. 266
Joan's Bottled-Up Anxietyp. 270
Jackie's Saddest Daysp. 272
Jackie and Brando--The Rumorsp. 277
Part 8 Ted's Plane Crashp. 281
Joan Wins the Election for Tedp. 287
Jackie on the Anniversary of November 22, 1963p. 292
Using Jackie--Yet Againp. 294
Joan the Emissaryp. 296
Cead Mile Failtep. 299
Joan's Continuing Strugglep. 302
Part 9 The Rumor Millp. 309
RFK for Presidentp. 315
Enter "The Greek"p. 318
The Appeal to Jackiep. 322
Ethel's Thoughtless Remarkp. 326
Another Tragedyp. 332
"The Hand of a Dead Man"p. 337
"No God of Mine"p. 340
Senator Robert Francis Kennedy Is Deadp. 342
Bobby's Funeralp. 347
"We Shall Carry on with Courage"p. 351
Ethel--Just a Shellp. 355
Part 10 Ted Negotiates Jackie's Nuptialsp. 363
Andy Williamsp. 367
Ethel Pushes Jackie Too Farp. 373
"Bobby's Little Miracle"p. 375
Part 11 Chappaquiddickp. 381
Jackie Tells Ari: "I Have to Be There"p. 384
Joan Accuses: "All You Care about Is How It Looks?"p. 389
Ethel to the Rescuep. 393
Mary Jo's Funeralp. 395
Ted Asks for Forgivenessp. 398
Joan Loses the Babyp. 403
A Final Gathering for Josephp. 405
The End of Camelotp. 408
Part 12 Ted Hurts Joan Againp. 417
Ethel's Troubled Broodp. 421
Will Ted Run? The Joan Factorp. 425
Joan and Ted: Creating the Illusion of a Marriagep. 431
Joan in Control of Joanp. 437
The Announcement: EMK for Presidentp. 439
Joan's White House Fantasiesp. 442
EMK's Candidacy: Not Meant to Bep. 444
The Last Straw for Joanp. 449
Postscript: Jackie, Ethel, and Joan after Camelotp. 453
Acknowledgments and Source Notesp. 465
Indexp. 515