Socialite, sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and mother-in-law of Carole Radziwill, Lee Radziwill, died last week, and there have been plenty of loving tributes to her, but let’s just get to the dirt and talk about how Jackie made a point of leaving Lee NADA in her will.
People brought out the old tea for this one. Even though Jackie and Lee did pretty well for themselves, Lee ran into some financial troubles later in life, and biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli makes it sound like Jackie wasn’t willing to just create a trust for her sister with the cash she clearly had:
“…It’s definitely true that Jackie could have set Lee up in a great way financially, and she never did. So when Lee needed money for this and for that, Jackie would give it to her or lend it to her, but it fell short of the huge gift that sort of would have set her up for life. ackie never gave Lee the kind of financial freedom that would have set her up for life, and that’s sort of a function of their relationship. She left her nothing in her will.”
That’s some petty BS, Jackie O!
Jackie still left Lee’s kids, Anthony and Tina, $500,000 each. By the time it got to Lee’s name, the will just said, “For whom I have great affection because I have already done so during my lifetime.” If I was Lee, I would have needed a lifetime prescription of high-octane Percocet to endure every history book in America fapping to Jackie being the polite little swan of the White House.
Well, it doesn’t even stop there. Jackie wound up with Aristotle Onasis, but Lee was sleeping with him first – while she was married to Prince Stanislaw Radziwill. Lee and Jackie never really had close relations with life chats, and somehow that meant Jackie also started sleeping with Ari:
“That’s not the way that they were raised, and they just were never able to do that. I just kept waiting as I was writing the book for that moment, and the closest that they came to it was right before Jackie married Onassis, when she told Lee, ‘I need this,’ and Lee said to her, ‘Well, then you should have it’”
Lee realized she could never be with Aristotle, so she basically gave him up so his rich, Greek shipping magnate ass could be the “protector” of Jackie and the kids. Surprisingly, it doesn’t sound like and Kennedy or Radziwill weaves were snatched in the process:
“Everybody knew that Jackie and Onassis were seeing one another, and certainly Lee knew about it long before Jackie married Onassis. But they didn’t have that talk. They didn’t have that talk that sisters ordinarily would have. And then they could have had the big blowup and the big explosion and screaming and whatever it takes to get past it, and then they would have had that in their history… That’s the kind of intimacy that was missing from their relationship.”
I guess that means I could never be First Lady or a high-society lady (fine, that and a million other reasons). If my sister tried to poach some billionaire peen from behind my back, you can guarantee the conflict would make an episode of Maury look like children’s TV!