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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.


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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.

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I read this book many years ago, and still think it is very interesting. From the time she was young, Caroline Lee Bouvier was overshadowed by her older sister Jacqueline. This book provides a view of Lee’s life as she attempted to find happiness and success away from her sister’s orbit.

  2. 4 out of 5

    CJ

    Meh. I guess we now know that the Hilton sisters weren't the first to be the spoiled, jet-setting brats of the very rich. While Jackie Kennedy is a footnote in history, her sister is a footnote to a footnote. Jumping from man to man in search of the elusive (money, fame, publicity), Lee Radziwill lived an empty life. She worked very hard to keep up appearances, but even then the drinking and spending caught up with her. I kept waiting for some sort of epiphany and none came. What a sad, sad exis Meh. I guess we now know that the Hilton sisters weren't the first to be the spoiled, jet-setting brats of the very rich. While Jackie Kennedy is a footnote in history, her sister is a footnote to a footnote. Jumping from man to man in search of the elusive (money, fame, publicity), Lee Radziwill lived an empty life. She worked very hard to keep up appearances, but even then the drinking and spending caught up with her. I kept waiting for some sort of epiphany and none came. What a sad, sad existence.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This is a tough one to rate because the author did a good job making her subject particularly unlikable. Does one give a lower rating for not exactly liking the person the biography is written about, despite a strange fascination that compelled one to finish the biography? 2.5 stars.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lee Heffner

    Lee Radziwill always seemed interesting. If this book is true she is vain, shallow and difficult to empathize with.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Linda Lipko

    "I have made no provision in this my Will for my sister, Lee B. Radziwill, for whom I have great affection because I have already done so during my lifetime." The above statement from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sums up the close, yet adversarial relationship of these two jet setting, fashion and money obsessed sisters. The book outlined the many ways in which Jackie found to trump her sister in both the selection of a partner and in what was deemed as successful in the world of the elite. It was L "I have made no provision in this my Will for my sister, Lee B. Radziwill, for whom I have great affection because I have already done so during my lifetime." The above statement from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sums up the close, yet adversarial relationship of these two jet setting, fashion and money obsessed sisters. The book outlined the many ways in which Jackie found to trump her sister in both the selection of a partner and in what was deemed as successful in the world of the elite. It was Lee who had her eyes of Aristotle Onassis, and it was Jackie who won the prize. Adrift without a purpose, Lee found her identity in the men who surrounded her. Never quite finding happiness, no matter how many "friends" she found, Lee soon bored of them. I finished reading the book, but cannot recommend it. After 100 pages I found it repetitive and listless.

  6. 4 out of 5

    eileen

    If only there was a way to show a zero star. I have never read a book about nothing. Nothing at all. Biographies should be written about people with some substance, an interesting life. Some honesty, insight. This was about the boring vapid life of Lee Radziwill. She really didn't do much in life except marry rich. Which wasn't rich enough for her. End of her story. If only there was a way to show a zero star. I have never read a book about nothing. Nothing at all. Biographies should be written about people with some substance, an interesting life. Some honesty, insight. This was about the boring vapid life of Lee Radziwill. She really didn't do much in life except marry rich. Which wasn't rich enough for her. End of her story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    Lee lead her life hanging on to her sister's coattails & then resented her sister mightily for it. She never had the strength to do otherwise, to perhaps find her own way, to be generous to her sister. The book is okay, but reading about such a self centered, shallow, bubble-headed person was tiresome. Lee lead her life hanging on to her sister's coattails & then resented her sister mightily for it. She never had the strength to do otherwise, to perhaps find her own way, to be generous to her sister. The book is okay, but reading about such a self centered, shallow, bubble-headed person was tiresome.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Helen Carolan

    A light and gossipy read looking at the life of Jackie Kennedy's younger sister Lee. An ok read, but not sure we learned anything from this one. A light and gossipy read looking at the life of Jackie Kennedy's younger sister Lee. An ok read, but not sure we learned anything from this one.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carol Wiilliams

    A book about two very shallow women who seemed to always have the eye on the prize. In both their cases.... The prize was the almighty dollar. Both acted like they camped from money.... When really they came from a Mother who was also a gold digger who married for money. They talked bad about their husbands, they cheated openly on their husbands, but as we know Jack cheated on Jackie constantly, too, so maybe this was just a lifestyle they chose. An odd one, but if all you care about is money, t A book about two very shallow women who seemed to always have the eye on the prize. In both their cases.... The prize was the almighty dollar. Both acted like they camped from money.... When really they came from a Mother who was also a gold digger who married for money. They talked bad about their husbands, they cheated openly on their husbands, but as we know Jack cheated on Jackie constantly, too, so maybe this was just a lifestyle they chose. An odd one, but if all you care about is money, then they both did quite well. I posted that I finished this book, but that was not the whole truth. I was finished with this book long before the last page. I admit a fascination with The Kennedys, but there is very little fascinating about Lee Radziwell. She bored me. At least Jackie never bored me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Darianna

    Quite a tour de force. Lee Radziwill comes across as a greedy arriviste focussed always on money, mean and vindictive to her three husbands. You feel sorry for her children Anthony and Christina. And yet, she's such a tragic figure, always in Jackie's shadow. Gripping and sad Quite a tour de force. Lee Radziwill comes across as a greedy arriviste focussed always on money, mean and vindictive to her three husbands. You feel sorry for her children Anthony and Christina. And yet, she's such a tragic figure, always in Jackie's shadow. Gripping and sad

  11. 5 out of 5

    Janis Mills

    This book seems to repeat everything stated in bios about Mrs Onassis. Even in a bio about Mrs Ross'own life she stands in her sister's shadow. Quick read and nothing new except infidelity is the "norm". This book seems to repeat everything stated in bios about Mrs Onassis. Even in a bio about Mrs Ross'own life she stands in her sister's shadow. Quick read and nothing new except infidelity is the "norm".

  12. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    Interesting story about the relationship of sisters, Lee Radziwill, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis!! Diana Dubois didn't hold back, and put all the story Out There!! If you're into Biographies, this one is a good read!! Interesting story about the relationship of sisters, Lee Radziwill, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis!! Diana Dubois didn't hold back, and put all the story Out There!! If you're into Biographies, this one is a good read!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Great bio of her life. Interesting family dynamics. Worth reading.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    This book was ok. Two competitive sisters who spent a lot of money and worried too much about status and social position.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rowena

  16. 4 out of 5

    Claire

  17. 4 out of 5

    Susan Hansson

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carolinenotes

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maggie O'leary

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gregory

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ginny

  22. 4 out of 5

    Camille Dee

  23. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Chambers

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  25. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Rodriguez

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gaylon Green

  27. 5 out of 5

    Krystal Seefeldt

  28. 4 out of 5

    Izzy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

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