In Her Sister's Shadow: An Intimate Biography of Lee Radziwill

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Even before the days of Camelot, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis was a difficult act to follow - and no one felt this more than her charming, pretty, younger sister. As Diana DuBois demonstrates in this unauthorized biography, the patterns of sibling competition formed in childhood would subtly influence Lee Radziwill throughout her life. Never quite as graceful in the spotlight as Jackie, Lee made up the difference with glitter and glamour, finding husbands, relationships and lovers among the international jet set. She was first married to Michael Canfield, rumoured to be the bastard child of British royalty, then to Prince Stanislas Radziwill - real royalty in exile - and finally to director Herbert Ross. From New York and London to the capitals and sun spots of Europe, Lee has lived at the pinnacle of style, with friends such as Diana Vreeland, Rudolf Nureyev, Andy Warhol, Leslie Caron, Truman Capote, Richard Meier and, of course, the Kennedys. Perhaps most telling, Aristotle Onassis was Lee's conquest - until the day she invited her sister along for a sail on his yacht. One theme has underscored all the dazzle: Lee's jealous rivalry with her stunning sister, from childhood in East Hampton to high-profile adulthood. This book is a portrait of a woman living too close to a legend, and never quite becoming one herself.

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Lee Bouvier Radziwill's lifelong rivalry with her older sister, the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, was intrinsic to each woman's identity and fueled their individuality, according to this perceptive, unauthorized biography. New York-based freelance journalist DuBois portrays Radziwill as a desperately insecure, manipulative yet vulnerable woman whose descent into alcoholism multiplied her woes and left her children, Anthony and Tina, adrift and forlorn. Her recovery was assisted by third husband Herbert Ross, the Hollywood director, whom she wed in 1988 after two unhappy marriages-first to drunken homebody Michael Canfield, adopted son of publisher Cass Canfield, and next to Polish emigre prince Stanislas Radziwill, a London real estate mogul with whom, she belatedly discovered, she had little in common. DuBois traces her subject's insecurity to her divorcing parents-the alcoholic, philandering Wall Street stockbroker John Bouvier III and the ambitious, dominant Janet Norton Lee-who used their daughters as instruments of revenge in a bitter, ongoing feud. DuBois nicely sets Lee Radziwill's social whirl with Rudolf Nureyev, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote and Diana Vreeland against a disconcerting portrait of a "soul of bluff and illusion." Photos not seen by PW.
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