One of the most admired women in American history is former First Lady, Jackie Kennedy. For decades, Jackie lived what appeared to be magical life that millions of women were jealous of. But perhaps the most jealous woman in the world was her the one who knew her the best: her little sister, Caroline;
Jackie and Caroline, or lovingly called ‘Lee' were born into a family that was destined for both misery and greatness. The famous Bouvier sister pair spent most of their adult life in utter jealousy towards one another. From a young age, their mother, Janet, often drove a wedge between them based on physical appearance; she favored Lee from a young age and ridiculed Jackie for her inheriting her father’s looks.
But as they grew older, it was Jackie that won America’s most established bachelor: John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Jackie and John married in 1953, just six years before he was elected President of the United States. When Jackie became the First Lady, Lee grew jealous.
In the recently published book, The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters: The Tragic and Glamorous Lives of Jackie and Lee by authors Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger, the sad and hateful relationship between the two sisters is revealed. Their friendship, sisterhood, and hatred for each other were far more specific than anyone would have ever imagined.
During JFK and Jackie’s marriage, Lee “went to bed” with her sister’s husband. Even as a married woman herself, she and John and an affair, and it’s like something like eventually made its way back to Jackie, especially given her shocking response years later.
Following JFK’s death, Jackie remarried acclaimed shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassis. Onassis just happened to be the man the Lee had been in love with. But her sister’s love for Onassis never once influenced distance from Jackie, in fact, it’s likely that it made her even more eager to get make a relationship work.
In the book, it’s also confirmed that Jackie left her younger sister out of her will. Rather than passing along anything to Lee, Jackie explicitly ousted her younger sister. She wrote, “I have made no provision in this my will for my sister, Lee B. Radziwill, for whom I have great affection, because I have already done so during my lifetime’.”
Furthermore, it was revealed that Jackie had an “enemy list” with her sister’s name on it. Jackie’s former friend, Gore Vidal, revealed that Lee was explicitly on the list of enemy’s.
It’s heartbreaking to hear that there was such hate and jealousy between the two sisters, especially over men. Did you ever hear any stories about Jackie and Lee being enemies? If you’re interested, you can check out the book here!