Jackie Kennedy Onassis was no stranger to divorce
Jackie Kennedy Onassis is in the news this week because of a couple of books that are coming out that chronicle her post-first lady, post-Greek widow years as an editor living in NYC. I thought I’d mention the books’ release in the context of this divorce blog since Mrs. Onassis was no stranger to divorce herself. Her parents divorced when she was a young girl and rumor has it that her second marriage to Aristotle Onassis, whom she married shortly after President Kennedy and his brother Robert Kennedy were assassinated, almost ended in divorce, and would have ended in divorce, had it not been for Mr. Onassis’ untimely death in a Paris hospital in 1975.
BTW, just a little bit of divorce trivia, Jackie reportedly had a tough time getting her share of the marital res when Aristotle died and had to fight her case in court, and eventually settled with his daughter and his estate for a fairly measly sum, something in the range of $26 million dollars. Says her Wikipedia profile:
Jacqueline’s financial legacy was severely limited under Greek law, which dictated how much a non-Greek surviving spouse could inherit. After two years of legal battle, she eventually accepted from Christina Onassis, Onassis’s daughter and sole heir, a settlement of $26,000,000, waiving all other claims to the Onassis estate.
But, so, in any event, the books in question which are coming out in a short while are competing books by two publishing giants in New York. Says the New York Times:
Now, as also happens with children, a squabble has arisen, this one between the authors of competing books about Mrs. Onassis’ years in publishing. “Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books,” by William Kuhn, a biographer and historian, will be released on Dec. 7 under Ms. Talese’s imprint at Doubleday, a departure from the company’s longstanding rule of not publishing anything about Mrs. Onassis, its former employee. The other — “Jackie as Editor: The Literary Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis” — is by Greg Lawrence (who with his former wife, the ballerina Gelsey Kirkland, authored the tell-all memoir “Dancing on My Grave” for Mrs. Onassis in 1986), and will be published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press.
Check your local Barnes and Noble or Amazon for your copy.