The Kennedys’ Stars
Recently Taylor Swift has put the Kennedy family back in the news. She is romantically linked to Conor Kennedy, the grandson of Bobby Kennedy who was assassinated in 1968. RCPL has Randy Taraborrelli’s After Camelot: a personal history of the Kennedy family: 1968 to the present (2012). The Kennedy family’s story includes many celebrity associations beginning with Joseph Kennedy, Sr. and actress Gloria Swanson from Hollywood’s pioneer days to JFK, Jr. and Conor Kennedy. The American public has nostalgia for the Kennedy’s sixties from the presidency past Bobby’s presidential campaign and assassination. After becoming a widow the second time Jackie was an editor at Doubleday where she edited Michael Jackson’s only autobiography Moon Walk. In a preface she compares him to Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. After Camelot is a family biography that is rich in American history and pop culture. After Bobby’s assassination Andy Williams sang at the funeral and became close to Ethel until his death. He also sang at Bobby’s daughter Kathleen’s wedding and the service after Michael Kennedy’s ski accident. The Marilyn Monroe connection to the President and Bobby was a secret revealed long after their deaths. Peter Lawford of the original Oceans 11 married a Kennedy sister. Jean Kennedy Smith had a lengthy friendship with Alan Jay Lerner, lyricist of Camelot the Broadway play. In the next generation Maria Shriver married Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Kennedy married Frank Gifford’s daughter, also the stepdaughter of Kathie Lee Gifford. JFK, Jr. heir to Camelot, had his own celebrity brand. Before a serious relationship with Daryl Hannah when he met his wife Carolyn, he dated Madonna in the 80’s. Drew Barrymore posed as Marilyn Monroe for the cover of his magazine George in the 90’s. The author’s exhaustive research and interviews gives the reader the feeling of sitting in the living rooms and dinner tables through the years of living history. Ethel Kennedy, now the family matriarch, was pregnant with daughter Rory at the time of Bobby’s assassination. After Camelot’s prologue begins with the anticipation of her wedding the weekend of John Kennedy, Jr.’s plane crash. Six decades of politics, scandal, victory, tragedy and marriages reveal new personal stories still unfolding. Randy Taraborrelli is a recognizable entertainment personality who has written 15 books on personalities including Madonna, Princess Grace, Michael Jackson and The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (2009).
- Randy Taraborrelli's site
The author’s website: See descriptions of his books on Princess Grace, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Marilyn Monroe, Cher and Elizabeth Taylor