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).
Carol S. Says:
The author’s previous biography of three Kennedy wives in the 60’s
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Jacqueline Bouvier. Ethel Skakel. Joan Bennett. Three women who married into America's royal family and became forever linked in legend. Set against the panorama of explosive more...
Jacqueline Bouvier. Ethel Skakel. Joan Bennett. Three women who married into America's royal family and became forever linked in legend. Set against the panorama of explosive American history, this unique story offers a rarely-seen look at the relationship shared among the three women -- during the Camelot years and beyond. Whether dealing with their husbands' blatant infidelities, stumping for their many political campaigns, touring the world to promote their family's legacy, raising their children, or confronting death, the Kennedy wives did it all with grace, style and dignity. less...
Carol S. Says:
Michael Jackson’s only autobiography edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
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In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Michael Jackson tells the story of his life, in his words. In this intimate and often moving personal account of Michae more...
In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Michael Jackson tells the story of his life, in his words. In this intimate and often moving personal account of Michael Jackson’s public and private life, he recalls a childhood that was both harsh and joyful but always formidable. Michael and his brothers played amateur music shows and seamy Chicago strip joints until Motown’s corporate image makers turned the Jackson 5 into worldwide superstars. He talks about the happy prankster days of his youth, traveling with his brothers, and of his sometimes difficult relationships with his family over the years. He speaks candidly about the inspiration behind his music, his mesmerizing dance moves, and the compulsive drive to create that has made him one of the biggest stars in the music business and a legend in his own time. Jackson also shares his personal feelings about some of his most public friends…friends like Diana Ross, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando, and Katharine Hepburn. He talks openly about the crushing isolation of his fame, of his first love, of his plastic surgery, and of his wholly exceptional career and the often bizarre and unfair rumors that have surrounded it. Illustrated with rare photographs from Jackson family albums and Michael’s personal photographic archives, as well as a drawing done by Michael exclusively for this book, Moonwalk is a memorable journey to the very heart and soul of a modern musical genius. less...
Carol S. Says:
New biographical facts such as mental illness and the identity of her father she never knew
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From New York Times bestselling author J. Randy Taraborrelli comes the definitive biography of the most enduring icon in popular American culture. When Marilyn Monroe became more...
From New York Times bestselling author J. Randy Taraborrelli comes the definitive biography of the most enduring icon in popular American culture. When Marilyn Monroe became famous in the 1950s, the world was told that her mother was either dead or simply not a part of her life. However, that was not true. In fact, her mentally ill mother was very much present in Marilyn's world and the complex family dynamic that unfolded behind the scenes is a story that has never before been told...until now. In this groundbreaking book, Taraborrelli draws complex and sympathetic portraits of the women so influential in the actress' life, including her mother, her foster mother, and her legal guardian. He also reveals, for the first time, the shocking scope of Marilyn's own mental illness, the identity of Marilyn's father and the half-brother she never knew, and new information about her relationship with the Kennedy's-Bobby, Jack, and Pat Kennedy Lawford. Explosive, revelatory, and surprisingly moving, this is the final word on the life of one of the most fascinating and elusive icons of the 20th Century. less...
- 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