The Other Mrs. Kennedy: An intimate and revealing look at the hidden life of Ethel Skakel Kennedy by Jerry OppenheimerShes the real power behind the Kennedy name. Now, for the first time, her secrets are exposed..
She ruthlessly mocked her sister-in-law Jackes breathy voice and often referred to her as the Debutante
She kept a lengthy enemies list and blackballed those who she felt were disloyal or critical of the Kennedys
She turned Hickory Hill into an eerie shrine that included life-sized photos of Bobby in closets that startled visitors
She made one fo the most difficult decisions of her life when she agreed to pull the plug on Bobby as he lay dying after being shot by Sirhan Sirhan
She distanced herself from her own Skakel family, whose scandals exceeded those of even the Kennedys.
Jackie Kennedy's Personal Assistant Recalls Jackie's Special Relationship with Bobby Kennedy
Nineteen-year-old Kathy McKeon had just moved from Ireland to New York when she was hired as the personal assistant to former first lady Jackie Kennedy. In her new memoir Jackie's Girl , out now, McKeon recalls the highlights of 13 years spent in service of Jackie, whom she called Madam, and her children, Caroline and John Jr. The following excerpt from McKeon's book picks up in With the assassination not yet a year behind her, Madam was still in widow's black when she went out, and more given to intimate gatherings of friends and family in her red-brocade dining room than big, splashy parties at home. I never saw her crying or outwardly morose, but she never had much of an appetite, and the toll of the horror she had survived was plain to see on her painfully thin frame.
Ethel was outdoorsy and fun, devoted to her husband Robert F. Kennedy and eventually mother to 11 rambunctious children. Jackie was something else, and their relationship was sometimes strained. Her father was a self-made millionaire, her mother came from a poor South Side Irish Catholic family. The Skakels moved east when Ethel turned five in , finally settling in a room mansion in Greenwich, Conn.
By Maureen Callahan. Since Robert F. Unlike her late sister-in-law, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, she never remarried, never sought a path or identity that was hers alone. She held herself up as the martyr, the good Catholic widow left to raise 11 children alone, the empress of Hickory Hill. She was content to be the other Kennedy widow, the domesticated antidote to the glamorous, globe-trotting Jackie. Kennedy Jr. Ethel was 17 and smitten.
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At age 90, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert F. She is best known as RFK's loving wife and, following his death, widow, devoted to carrying on his legacy, and is the matriarch of their family. But who is the real Ethel Kennedy and what's her story? Ethel was their sixth child out of seven. George and Ann would meet a tragic end, dying in a private plane crash in Oklahoma in