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Title:
Jackie, Ethel, Joan : women of Camelot
Author:
Taraborrelli, J. Randy.
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Edition:
[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Thorndike, Me. : G.K. Hall, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
844 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Originally published: New York : Warner Books, 2000.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780783890814

9780783890845
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Summary

If ever three women would be changed, and challenged, by their marriages, they would be Jacqueline Bouvier, Ethel Skakel, and Joan Bennett. None of them, as radiant brides, could have been prepared for the fame, tragedies, and difficult lives awaiting them. As they struggled to cope with their husbands' infidelities and scandals, the assassinations of Jack and Bobby Kennedy, and the harsh glare of constant media attention, they formed a kind of sisterhood. Here is a biography that for the first time captures the relationships of these three extraordinary women.


Summary

If ever three women would be changed, and challenged, by their marriages, they would be Jacqueline Bouvier, Ethel Skakel, and Joan Bennett. None of them, as radiant brides, could have been prepared for the fame, tragedies, and difficult lives awaiting them. As they struggled to cope with their husbands' infidelities and scandals, the assassinations of Jack and Bobby Kennedy, and the harsh glare of constant media attention, they would become like sisters, reaching out to one another with comfort and consolation. But, like sisters, they would also compete with one another, argue, and become estranged, sometimes for years. Now, from J. Randy Taraborrelli, comes a biography that for the first time captures the special sisterhood of three extraordinary women. Book jacket.


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)


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.


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. 19
Part 1 Joan ...p. 27
Jackie ...p. 32
Ethel ...p. 35
... and the Secret Servicep. 40
Jack Defeats Nixonp. 44
The Pre-Inaugural Galap. 54
Jackp. 60
The Five Inaugural Ballsp. 63
Bobbyp. 70
The Skakelsp. 76
Not One to Feel Sorry for Herselfp. 89
White House Infidelitiesp. 91
The Bouviersp. 98
Jackie's First Meeting with Ethelp. 108
Jack Proposes Marriagep. 114
All of This, and Morep. 123
Joseph and Jackie's Dealp. 133
Sisterly Advicep. 138
The Bennettsp. 145
Part 2 A Legacy of Infidelityp. 163
Jack's Affair with Marilynp. 168
Jackie's Expensive Diversionp. 172
Madcap Ethel during the Kennedy Presidencyp. 179
Joan's Social Impassep. 184
Trying to Understand Each Otherp. 187
Jackie's Documentary: A Tour of the White Housep. 193
The Voicep. 197
"Secrets Always Come Out"p. 203
Part 3 Bobby Meets Marilynp. 213
"Life's Too Short to Worry about Marilyn Monroe"p. 216
Jackie's Ultimatum to Jackp. 224
Bobby's Rumored Affair with Marilynp. 226
Joseph's Strokep. 229
At Horizon Housep. 234
The Walking Canep. 238
Life at the Hyannis Port Compoundp. 240
The Fourth of July in Hyannis Port, 1962p. 245
Joan's Many Faux Pasp. 248
Pat Finds Jackie "So Insecure"p. 257
Marilyn Monroe's Deathp. 260
Jackie Goes Away to Thinkp. 265
Part 4 The Kennedy Women Do Men's Workp. 273
Jackie's Wicked Schemep. 290
The Cuban Missile Crisisp. 293
Joan--The Senator's Wifep. 304
Part 5 Delighted to Be Pregnantp. 313
The Deaths of Infants Arabella and Patrickp. 315
Lee Radziwill Invites Jackie-in-Mourningp. 328
"Not Ethel's Best Moment"p. 332
Aboard the Christinap. 335
Jack Summons Jackie--To No Availp. 341
"Ari Is Not for You"p. 345
Part 6 Jack's Rapprochement with Jackie: "Getting to Know You"p. 351
Tragedyp. 356
"The President's Been Shot"p. 362
Holy Mary, Mother of Godp. 366
"The Party's Been Canceled--The President's Dead"p. 370
In Mourningp. 379
Tea with Lady Birdp. 385
Thanksgiving, 1963p. 391
Jackie's Camelotp. 398
"Let It All Out"p. 403
Aftermathp. 408
Part 7 Moving Out of the White Housep. 447
Lyndon Johnson "Using Jackie"p. 453
The Kennedy Camp on LBJ: "A Blight on the New Frontier"p. 461
Joan's Bottled-Up Anxietyp. 468
Jackie's Saddest Daysp. 472
Jackie and Brando--The Rumorsp. 480
Part 8 Ted's Plane Crashp. 485
Joan Wins the Election for Tedp. 495
Jackie on the Anniversary of November 22, 1963p. 503
Using Jackie--Yet Againp. 506
Joan the Emissaryp. 510
Cead Mile Failtep. 514
Joan's Continuing Strugglep. 519
Part 9 The Rumor Millp. 527
RFK for Presidentp. 537
Enter "The Greek"p. 542
The Appeal to Jackiep. 548
Ethel's Thoughtless Remarkp. 555
Another Tragedyp. 563
"The Hand of a Dead Man"p. 571
"No God of Mine"p. 576
Senator Robert Francis Kennedy Is Deadp. 580
Bobby's Funeralp. 587
"We Shall Carry on with Courage"p. 593
Ethel--Just a Shellp. 600
Part 10 Ted Negotiates Jackie's Nuptialsp. 613
Andy Williamsp. 620
Ethel Pushes Jackie Too Farp. 629
"Bobby's Little Miracle"p. 633
Part 11 Chappaquiddickp. 639
Jackie Tells Ari: "I Have to Be There"p. 644
Joan Accuses: "All You Care about Is How It Looks?"p. 652
Ethel to the Rescuep. 658
Mary Jo's Funeralp. 661
Ted Asks for Forgivenessp. 667
Joan Loses the Babyp. 673
A Final Gathering for Josephp. 677
The End of Camelotp. 681
Part 12 Ted Hurts Joan Againp. 693
Ethel's Troubled Broodp. 700
Will Ted Run? The Joan Factorp. 705
Joan and Ted: Creating the Illusion of a Marriagep. 715
Joan in Control of Joanp. 724
The Announcement: EMK for Presidentp. 728
Joan's White House Fantasiesp. 733
EMK's Candidacy: Not Meant to Bep. 736
The Last Straw for Joanp. 744
Postscript: Jackie, Ethel, and Joan after Camelotp. 748
Acknowledgments and Source Notesp. 767
Prologue: Long Live the Queenp. 19
Part 1 Joan ...p. 27
Jackie ...p. 32
Ethel ...p. 35
... and the Secret Servicep. 40
Jack Defeats Nixonp. 44
The Pre-Inaugural Galap. 54
Jackp. 60
The Five Inaugural Ballsp. 63
Bobbyp. 70
The Skakelsp. 76
Not One to Feel Sorry for Herselfp. 89
White House Infidelitiesp. 91
The Bouviersp. 98
Jackie's First Meeting with Ethelp. 108
Jack Proposes Marriagep. 114
All of This, and Morep. 123
Joseph and Jackie's Dealp. 133
Sisterly Advicep. 138
The Bennettsp. 145
Part 2 A Legacy of Infidelityp. 163
Jack's Affair with Marilynp. 168
Jackie's Expensive Diversionp. 172
Madcap Ethel during the Kennedy Presidencyp. 179
Joan's Social Impassep. 184
Trying to Understand Each Otherp. 187
Jackie's Documentary: A Tour of the White Housep. 193
The Voicep. 197
"Secrets Always Come Out"p. 203
Part 3 Bobby Meets Marilynp. 213
"Life's Too Short to Worry about Marilyn Monroe"p. 216
Jackie's Ultimatum to Jackp. 224
Bobby's Rumored Affair with Marilynp. 226
Joseph's Strokep. 229
At Horizon Housep. 234
The Walking Canep. 238
Life at the Hyannis Port Compoundp. 240
The Fourth of July in Hyannis Port, 1962p. 245
Joan's Many Faux Pasp. 248
Pat Finds Jackie "So Insecure"p. 257
Marilyn Monroe's Deathp. 260
Jackie Goes Away to Thinkp. 265
Part 4 The Kennedy Women Do Men's Workp. 273
Jackie's Wicked Schemep. 290
The Cuban Missile Crisisp. 293
Joan--The Senator's Wifep. 304
Part 5 Delighted to Be Pregnantp. 313
The Deaths of Infants Arabella and Patrickp. 315
Lee Radziwill Invites Jackie-in-Mourningp. 328
"Not Ethel's Best Moment"p. 332
Aboard the Christinap. 335
Jack Summons Jackie--To No Availp. 341
"Ari Is Not for You"p. 345
Part 6 Jack's Rapprochement with Jackie: "Getting to Know You"p. 351
Tragedyp. 356
"The President's Been Shot"p. 362
Holy Mary, Mother of Godp. 366
"The Party's Been Canceled--The President's Dead"p. 370
In Mourningp. 379
Tea with Lady Birdp. 385
Thanksgiving, 1963p. 391
Jackie's Camelotp. 398
"Let It All Out"p. 403
Aftermathp. 408
Part 7 Moving Out of the White Housep. 447
Lyndon Johnson "Using Jackie"p. 453
The Kennedy Camp on LBJ: "A Blight on the New Frontier"p. 461
Joan's Bottled-Up Anxietyp. 468
Jackie's Saddest Daysp. 472
Jackie and Brando--The Rumorsp. 480
Part 8 Ted's Plane Crashp. 485
Joan Wins the Election for Tedp. 495
Jackie on the Anniversary of November 22, 1963p. 503
Using Jackie--Yet Againp. 506
Joan the Emissaryp. 510
Cead Mile Failtep. 514
Joan's Continuing Strugglep. 519
Part 9 The Rumor Millp. 527
RFK for Presidentp. 537
Enter "The Greek"p. 542
The Appeal to Jackiep. 548
Ethel's Thoughtless Remarkp. 555
Another Tragedyp. 563
"The Hand of a Dead Man"p. 571
"No God of Mine"p. 576
Senator Robert Francis Kennedy Is Deadp. 580
Bobby's Funeralp. 587
"We Shall Carry on with Courage"p. 593
Ethel--Just a Shellp. 600
Part 10 Ted Negotiates Jackie's Nuptialsp. 613
Andy Williamsp. 620
Ethel Pushes Jackie Too Farp. 629
"Bobby's Little Miracle"p. 633
Part 11 Chappaquiddickp. 639
Jackie Tells Ari: "I Have to Be There"p. 644
Joan Accuses: "All You Care about Is How It Looks?"p. 652
Ethel to the Rescuep. 658
Mary Jo's Funeralp. 661
Ted Asks for Forgivenessp. 667
Joan Loses the Babyp. 673
A Final Gathering for Josephp. 677
The End of Camelotp. 681
Part 12 Ted Hurts Joan Againp. 693
Ethel's Troubled Broodp. 700
Will Ted Run? The Joan Factorp. 705
Joan and Ted: Creating the Illusion of a Marriagep. 715
Joan in Control of Joanp. 724
The Announcement: EMK for Presidentp. 728
Joan's White House Fantasiesp. 733
EMK's Candidacy: Not Meant to Bep. 736
The Last Straw for Joanp. 744
Postscript: Jackie, Ethel, and Joan after Camelotp. 748
Acknowledgments and Source Notesp. 767

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