New York Times bestselling author Christopher Andersen in his upcoming book, The Good Son: JFK Jr. and the Mother He Loved, writes how Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis, who married President John F. Kennedy’s widow, Jackie, in 1968, routinely cheated on her with the woman he really loved, Maria Callas.
Andersen writes that after Kennedy’s assassination, Jackie was much sought-after by numerous suitors, most prominently the president’s brother Robert (Bobby) and Onassis, the News reported. When Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in 1968, Andersen writes, Onassis gloated to his closest friend, Costa Gratsos, that finally “she’s free of the Kennedys.” Days later, Onassis began his charm offensive wooing Jackie with jewels, other lavish gifts, and his over-the-top personality.
But all the money in the world couldn’t convince the Kennedys, as well as Jackie’s social circle, that Onassis was good enough to marry the president’s widow. Truman Capote said, as Andersen describes that “the term Eurotrash hadn’t been invented yet, but that’s definitely what they thought Ari was.”
As for Onassis, Andersen continues, he understood, and accepted that he was not welcome by Jackie’s world – “they hate my Greek guts,” he said – but that didn’t stop him from making his move.
After the marriage, though, Andersen writes, Onassis returned to “the love of his life,” Maria Callas. The two women had an icy relationship throughout the marriage years, which ended in 1975 upon Onassis’ death.
This is link to an excerpt from Andersen’s book, in the Oct. 26 edition of the New York Daily news, appears here: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/jackie-o-aristotle-onassis-rocky-marriage-recounted-book-article-1.1987195.
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