Lee Radziwill

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Lee Radziwill
Lee Radziwill in India.jpg
Radziwill (left) and Krishna Hutheesing in India, 1962
Born Caroline Lee Bouvier
(1933-03-03) March 3, 1933 (age 84)
Southampton, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, public relations executive, interior decorator
Spouse(s) Michael Temple Canfield
(m. 1953; annulled 1959)

Prince Stanisław Albrecht Radziwiłł
(m. 1959; div. 1974)

Herbert Ross
(m. 1988; div. 2001)
Children 2, including Anthony Radziwill
Parent(s) John Vernou Bouvier III
Janet Norton Lee
Relatives Jacqueline Onassis (sister)
Janet Jennings Auchincloss (maternal half-sister)

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. Her niece Caroline Bouvier Kennedy is named after her. Radziwill was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1996.[1][2] Married and divorced three times, her marriage to her third husband, Herbert Ross, ended in divorce shortly before his death in 2001.[3]

Early life and ancestry

Caroline Lee Bouvier was born in Southampton, New York to stockbroker John Vernou Bouvier III and socialite Janet Norton Lee.[4]

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.[5]

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,[6] 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).[5] Their marriage ended in divorce in 1974.[7] They had two children, Anthony and Christina "Tina".[8]

On September 23, 1988, Radziwill became the second wife of American film director and choreographer Herbert Ross.[9] They divorced shortly before his death, and she returned to using Radziwill, her children's name.

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.[10] Radziwill discontinued her acting work.

She visited India and Pakistan along with her elder sister Jacqueline Kennedy (then 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".[11] She frequented celebrity company, including travelling with the Rolling Stones during The Rolling Stones American Tour 1972,[12] during which she was accompanied by Truman Capote.

For some years, Radziwill was a public relations executive for Giorgio Armani, the Italian fashion designer.[citation needed]

She received the Légion d'honneur from the French government in 2008.[citation needed]

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.[13]

She was interviewed by producer Sofia Coppola for a June 2013 blog article about Coppola's film The Bling Ring and about the loss of privacy.[14]

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 family: 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 the 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, condemned home.



  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Ultimate Style: The Best of the Best Dressed List. 2004. p. 160. ISBN 2 84323 513 8. 
  3. ^ "Obituaries: Herbert Ross". Los Angeles Times. 10 October 2001. Retrieved 24 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "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 
  5. ^ a b "Roman Catholics: The Law's Delay". Time. February 28, 1964. Retrieved September 4, 2009. 
  6. ^ Lundy, Darryl, ed. "Grace Maria Kolin". ThePeerage.com, September 28, 2010
  7. ^ "For Princess Lee Radziwill, It's the End of a Marriage" People, July 29, 1974
  8. ^ Haslam, Nicky (7 February 2013). "The Real Lee Radziwill". The New York Times T magazine. Retrieved 30 July 2017. 
  9. ^ "Lee Bouvier Radziwill Weds Herbert Ross, Film Director". The New York Times. September 24, 1988. Retrieved June 21, 2007. 
  10. ^ Clarke, Gerald. Capote: A Biography (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988), pages 388–389.
  11. ^ New York Magazine, "The Decorating Establishment" February 12, 1979.
  12. ^ Keys, Bobby. Every Night's a Saturday Night (Counterpoint, 2012) page 159
  13. ^ Cartner-Morley, Jess; Mirren, Helen; Huffington, Arianna; Amos, Valerie (March 28, 2013). "The 50 best-dressed over 50s". The Guardian. London. 
  14. ^ Radziwell, Lee (June 9, 2013). "In Praise of Privacy". The New York Times Style Magazine. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 


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