Lee Radziwill , formerly Princess Caroline Lee Radziwill,
(née Bouvier, formerly Bouvier Canfield and Ross; born March 3, 1933)
is an American socialite, public relations executive and interior
decorator. She is the younger sister of the late First Lady,
Jacqueline Onassis, and sister-in-law of President John F. Kennedy.
Caroline Bouvier Kennedy
Caroline Bouvier Kennedy is named after her. Radziwill was
named to the
International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in
1996. Married and divorced three times, her marriage to her
third husband, Herbert Ross, ended in divorce shortly before his death
1 Early life and ancestry
2 Marriages and children
3 Career and fame
4 References within popular culture
6 External links
Early life and ancestry
Caroline Lee Bouvier was born in Southampton, New York to stockbroker
John Vernou Bouvier III
John Vernou Bouvier III and socialite Janet Norton Lee.
Marriages and children
Radziwill has been married three times. Her first marriage, in April
1953, was to Michael Temple Canfield, a publishing executive. They
divorced in 1959, and the marriage was annulled by the Roman Catholic
Church in November 1962.
Her second marriage, on March 19, 1959, was to the Polish prince
Stanisław Albrecht Radziwiłł, who divorced his second wife, the
former Grace Maria Kolin, and received a Roman Catholic annulment
of his first marriage to re-marry (his second marriage had never been
acknowledged by the Roman Catholic Church, so no annulment was
necessary). Their marriage ended in divorce in 1974. They had
two children, Anthony and Christina "Tina".
On September 23, 1988, Radziwill became the second wife of American
film director and choreographer Herbert Ross. They divorced shortly
before his death, and she returned to using Radziwill, her children's
Career and fame
In the 1960s, Radziwill attempted to forge a career as an actress. Her
acting attempt was unsuccessful if highly publicized. She received
dismal reviews in the 1967 production of The Philadelphia Story,
starring as spoiled Main Line heiress Tracy Lord. The play was staged
at the Ivanhoe Theatre in Chicago, and Radziwill's performance was
widely panned. A year later, she appeared in a television adaptation
of the Hollywood film Laura, which was also badly received.
Radziwill discontinued her acting work.
She visited India and Pakistan along with her elder sister Jacqueline
First Lady of the United States) in March 1962.
A London townhouse and a manor
Turville Grange in
Turville that she
shared with her second husband, both of which had been decorated by
Italian stage designer Renzo Mongiardino, were greatly admired and
frequently photographed by
Cecil Beaton and Horst P. Horst. She
herself worked briefly as an interior decorator in a style much
influenced by her association with Mongiardino. Her clientele were the
wealthy; she once decorated a house "for people who would not be there
more than three days a year". She frequented celebrity company,
including travelling with the Rolling Stones during The Rolling Stones
American Tour 1972, during which she was accompanied by Truman
For some years, Radziwill was a public relations executive for Giorgio
Armani, the Italian fashion designer.
She received the
Légion d'honneur from the French government in
Her Paris and Manhattan apartments were featured in the April 2009
issue of Elle Décor magazine. She was listed as one of the fifty
best-dressed over 50s by the Guardian in March 2013.
She was interviewed by producer
Sofia Coppola for a June 2013 blog
article about Coppola's film
The Bling Ring
The Bling Ring and about the loss of
References within popular culture
In 1973, Radziwill hired documentary filmmakers Albert and David
Maysles to work on a film about the Bouvier family. At the outset, the
brothers filmed two eccentric and reclusive members of the extended
Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale
Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale ("Big Edie") and her daughter Edith
Bouvier Beale ("Little Edie"), who were Radziwill's aunt and cousin,
respectively. The Beales lived in a rambling, decaying home in East
Hampton, New York and were supported by other members of the family.
Radziwill's original film project was not completed, and Radziwill
kept the footage that had been shot of the Beales. However, the
Maysles brothers were fascinated by the strange life the two women
led, and after raising funds for film and equipment on their own they
returned and filmed 70 more hours of footage with Big Edie and Little
Edie. The resulting film, titled
Grey Gardens (1976) after the name of
the Beales' home, is widely considered a masterpiece of the
documentary genre. It was later adapted as a 2006 musical of the same
name, in which the characters Lee and Jackie Bouvier appear as
visiting children in retrospect. An HBO television movie based upon
Grey Gardens story appeared in 2009, and featured both Radziwill
and her sister Jackie both as children and as adults who later
assisted their aunt and cousin to refurbish their dilapidated,
^ VF Staff (1996). "World's Best Dressed Women". Vanity Fair: The
International Hall of Fame: Women. Archived from the original on July
12, 2013. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
^ Ultimate Style: The Best of the Best Dressed List. 2004.
p. 160. ISBN 2 84323 513 8.
^ "Obituaries: Herbert Ross". Los Angeles Times. 10 October 2001.
Retrieved 24 August 2017.
^ "Janet Lee Auchincloss Morris, 81". Janet Lee Auchincloss Morris, a
leading member of society in Newport, Rhode Island, and Washington,
D.C., and the mother of
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
^ a b "Roman Catholics: The Law's Delay". Time. February 28, 1964.
Retrieved September 4, 2009.
^ Lundy, Darryl, ed. "Grace Maria Kolin". ThePeerage.com, September
^ "For Princess Lee Radziwill, It's the End of a Marriage" People,
July 29, 1974
^ Haslam, Nicky (7 February 2013). "The Real Lee Radziwill". The New
York Times T magazine. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
^ "Lee Bouvier Radziwill Weds Herbert Ross, Film Director". The New
York Times. September 24, 1988. Retrieved June 21, 2007.
^ Clarke, Gerald. Capote: A Biography (New York: Simon and Schuster,
1988), pages 388–389.
^ New York Magazine, "The Decorating Establishment" February 12, 1979.
^ Keys, Bobby. Every Night's a Saturday Night (Counterpoint, 2012)
^ Cartner-Morley, Jess; Mirren, Helen; Huffington, Arianna; Amos,
Valerie (March 28, 2013). "The 50 best-dressed over 50s". The
^ Radziwell, Lee (June 9, 2013). "In Praise of Privacy". The New York
Times Style Magazine. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
Clarke, Gerald (1988). Capote, A Biography (1st ed.). New York: Simon
and Schuster. ISBN 978-0-241-12549-6.
Dubois, Diana (1995). In Her Sister's Shadow: An Intimate Biography of
Lee Radziwill (1st ed.). New York: Little Brown & Co.
Evans, Peter (2004). Nemesis: The True Story. Regan Books.
ISBN 978-0-06-058053-7 [0-06-058053-4].
Magazine Paris Match July 6, 2008 page 16.
Radziwill, Lee (2003). Happy Times. New York: Assouline.
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