Sat Feb 16 15:55:00 EST 2019
In the Nov. 1, 1976 issue of PEOPLE, Lee Radziwill — Jackie Kennedy’s younger sister, who reportedly died Friday at 85 — opened up about her life, confidently declaring, “I’m nobody’s kid sister.” Here, PEOPLE takes a look back at her cover story.
“She’s a remarkable girl. She’s all the things people give Jackie credit for. All the looks, style, taste—Jackie never had them at all, and yet it was Lee who lived in the shadow of this super-something person.”
So rhapsodizes Truman Capote of longtime friend Lee Radziwill, jet-set original, one time princess, younger sister of Mrs. Onassis. From other rooms come other voices. “She’s a real operator. She’s got dollar signs in her eyes,” warns a mover and shaker in the high-fashion world. “Very beautiful, very bright,” says Rudolf Nureyev. “After all, she’s not just a socialite; she attracts people of intellectual substance.” “Not an intellectual by any means,” responds architect Philip Johnson. “But her knowledge of people, her warmth, her glow—outgoing and delicious!”
In whatever light, Lee has stepped out on her own. Eight months ago she launched a career as an interior decorator with a model room for New York’s Lord & Taylor department store. A contract to design VIP suites for Americana Hotels followed and her first two suites should be completed by year’s end in Bal Harbour, Fla. (“Miami to you and me,” she confides.) She has done them mostly in red, white and blue, with oodles of fresh plants (“They’re essential”), outsize paintings and furniture durable enough, as she says, to withstand “people throwing beer, pizza and cigarette butts on it.” Mario Di Genova, president of Americana Hotels, who signed her up, says: “Her rooms have that touch of class, yet not with severe traditional furnishings and antiques. She’s not locked into a style.”
Now more commissions are rolling in—a residence in San Francisco, a club in Houston, a resort in Brazil. “It’s no joke,” she says in her satiny thoroughbred voice. “I’ve been far more successful than I ever imagined.”
Her decision at 43 to join the ranks of the working rich is not dictated—Lord knows—by any need to make money, or simply to follow in the footsteps of Jackie, 47, who took a job as a book editor last year. “Don’t be silly,” says Lee icily. “I never even conferred with her.” (“There is a general preference not to comment on one another’s activities,” comes the word from Jackie.) “Decorating has always been my hobby,” Lee continues, “but now I’m taking it seriously. It’s been cooking in my mind for 15 years. I’ve always been interested in art, architecture, color.”
Indeed, both Caroline Lee and Jacqueline Lee Bouvier grew up in a Gatsby milieu of beautiful homes in Manhattan, East Hampton and Newport. Their mother, Janet Auchincloss, recalls, “Jackie was a bookworm. Lee was always moving furniture around and redecorating people’s rooms. You’d think they would be furious—but she always improved things.” At college age, Jackie opted for the bluestocking life of Vassar, while Lee went to progressive Sarah Lawrence. “Art history,” she recalls, “got me through school. I was obsessed with it.”
The two sisters spent much of their time together until 1953. A few months before Jackie married Sen. John F. Kennedy, Lee wed Michael Canfield, son of a prominent publisher, and moved to England. In 1958 the marriage broke up, and the next year Lee married Polish émigré nobleman Prince Stanislas (“Stash”) Radziwill, a London real estate investor. She threw herself into refurbishing their house in Buckingham Place and later a sprawling country house near Henley. Lee recalls, “We were always repairing, painting, taking out floors.”
In time, however, life in London palled, and Lee grew dissatisfied at being Stashed away. Despite her friendships with stars like Nureyev, former London friends say she was never accepted by British society. “She overdid the bit of playing princess,” sniffs one English aristocrat. Lee recalls, “I felt I led a useless life then, a life that gave me very little pleasure. I was not participating.”
Determined to express herself, Lee began trying on careers like so many Halstons. First came her acting debut in a Chicago production of The Philadelphia Story in 1967, and later a TV appearance in Laura. She was panned in both. Lee knows where the blame lies: “With Philadelphia Story, I think the director was stone deaf, and in Laura, the director was totally disorganized. The critics had written their reviews even before they saw the performance.” Added to this was her husband’s disapproval. “He just never understood,” she says. “He always felt, why expose oneself when it’s not necessary.”
Tension between the two led to her permanent return to New York in 1972, and two years later they were divorced. (Stash died earlier this year, giving her custody of son Antony, 17; their daughter, Anna Christina, 16, had been with her since 1973.) Home became a Fifth Avenue duplex, with French maid and cook, seven blocks south of Jackie. Lee’s downstairs living room, done in rose, is designed for entertaining; the upstairs is redolent of Kennedy memorabilia—from the portrait of JFK by her bedside to the photomontage of family snapshots in the hallway.
Lee’s efforts to find a career continued to sputter. After publishing a book of youthful memoirs with her sister, One Special Summer, she debuted as an interviewer on CBS-TV with old friends like economist John Galbraith and Gloria Steinem. CBS did not press for more. A stab at writing adult memoirs (she was offered $250,000 for them) also fizzled. “It was too private and would hurt people,” Lee decided after two years of “absolute agony,” and canceled out.
Decorating eventually proved to be a natural. “It’s what my friends have been telling me to do for years,” Lee says, “and I finally got it together.” Based in an office she has rented from John Carl Warnecke, a favorite Kennedy architect, Lee spends her day scouring the market for furnishings and overseeing draftsmen and artists. “You’ve got to be up early to talk to plumbers and contractors,” she says, “but then I always wake up at dawn, no matter how late I’ve been up.”
Indeed, working has interfered little with Lee’s chic lifestyle. A trim 5’6″, she has little trouble staying at 105 pounds. “I eat like a horse,” she jokes, “sometimes I think I must have cancer.” Lee is not lacking for escorts although she coyly protests, “I hardly ever go out.” Her name has been linked with eligibles from photographer Peter Beard (“He did not break up my marriage,” she volunteers) to current beau Peter Tufo, 38, who is chairman of the New York Board of Corrections and her lawyer. “He’s so bright, he’d be good in politics,” Lee says of Tufo, with such enthusiasm that this could be the start of something big. “He has terrific guts. He reminds me of the early ’60s—his style, his drive, his belief that things could be better.”
Has she read Dolores, the Jacqueline Susann best-seller, which is thinly veiled fiction about Jackie? In it, Lee is depicted as Nita, the cool, calculating sister, locked in relentless competition with her sister for the spotlight. “Yes,” Lee says, and finds it “laughable and corny.”
“It’s just the most ludicrous talk in the world that we’re rivals,” she explains. “We’re exceptionally close and always have been. We’re together very often. In fact, endlessly.” Has she lived in Jackie’s shadow? “I’m nobody’s kid sister,” she snaps. “It’s such a stale, rehashed question. I think it’s time to make up a new story or go to bed.” Had she ever hoped to marry Aristotle Onassis, as rumors once had it, before he was smitten with Jackie? “Not for anything,” she says vehemently.
What’s important right now, she insists, is her career. Marriage? Maybe someday, but she is apprehensive. “It’s nobody’s business,” she says, “but I’m so happy on my own. The children have been deprived of a family life, and I’m trying to make up for everything.” Any weaknesses? Well, maybe just one. “I have an absurd kind of extravagance. If I see an orchid that’s fantastically expensive, I’ll buy it. It’s worth it, for no other reason than it gives me pleasure.”
Sat Feb 16 15:30:13 EST 2019
Delta Goodrem is hopelessly devoted to Olivia Newton-John.
The Australian singer and actress plays the iconic Grease star in the new biopic about her life, Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You, premiering on Lifetime on Saturday — and she says it was a total full-circle moment.
“I, kind of, have been preparing my whole life to play her,” Goodrem, 34, tells PEOPLE. “When I got signed to Sony Music when I was 15 years old and they said, ‘Who do you want to be when you grow up?’ I said, ‘Olivia Newton-John.’ Then, it literally happened. It took 15 years, but it did end up being a part of the journey.”
Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You tells the remarkable personal and professional journey of the 70-year-old Australian star. Covering her life across five decades, the film delves into both Newton-John’s public persona as well as the private woman behind-the-scenes, including her multiple battles with cancer and her fight to survive.
“Olivia is the same person on camera as she is off,” Goodrem says. “I get that, me too. authentically being herself at all times and doing it for the right reasons.”
Since Goodrem and Newton-John are close friends, Goodrem says she only decided to accept the role — which sees her recreating Newton-John’s iconic on-screen moments from films like Grease andXanadu, as well as her “Physical” music video — after getting Newton-John’s blessing.
“There were so many conversations,” she says. “When Olivia said to me, ‘I really want you to play the role and do it,’ I thought, ‘Okay, well I’ll give it all my heart and soul and take on the role.’ It felt very special, and I felt very protective over this role.”
Though Goodrem and Newton-John first collaborated in 2008 when they wrote and recorded a song together called, “Right Here With You,” Goodrem says they had met years prior when she was only 7 years old and on a trip to New York.
“I was having a hot chocolate with my mom and Olivia walked into the place that my mom and I were at in New York,” Goodrem explains. “All of a sudden, I started freaking out, like, ‘Oh my God, it’s Olivia! Sandy from Grease is walking past!’ Basically, Olivia heard me speaking because I was clearly not as subtle as I thought I was. My mom was saying, ‘Stay cool, stay cool, Delta.’ I said, ‘Sandy! Sandy!’ She came over to the table and said, ‘You’re Australian.’ I said, ‘Yes we are, we’re here on holiday.'”
Newton-John chatted with Goodrem and her mom before saying, “Well I hope I’ll see you around tomorrow.”
“That next day, I was looking everywhere in New York for her,” Goodrem continues. “I thought, like, ‘I’m going to find Olivia Newton-John! She wants to see me today!’ That was our first meeting, and then as time went on, I was backstage a lot as a kid due to record labels and we had crossed paths.”
She adds: “Little did we know we’d be a big part of each other’s lives later on.”
Goodrem and Newton-John’s bond really cemented after Goodrem was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2003 at the age of 18 years old. Several years earlier, Newton-John was first diagnosed with cancer in 1992 and underwent a partial mastectomy, nine months of chemotherapy and a breast reconstruction.
“She sent me a letter when I got diagnosed with cancer and she said beautiful words and told me that, ‘One day, you’ll see this is a gift and understand to give back and let people know you can be a tower of strength,'” Goodrem says. “So that was my next beautiful letter from her. Then we ended up writing songs together for her album and for her charity that was the start of our friendship.”
Goodrem’s diagnosis came at a time when her career was starting to take off and in the middle of her debut album being released.
“I went from planes, trains and automobiles to my whole world hematologists and oncologists,” she says. “I began the fight. That’s life. I was surrounded by beautiful family and the whole country and we had special moments — I’ll never forget Elton John calling me on my first day of chemotherapy and saying, ‘On behalf of Britain, we hope you feel better.’ It was a pretty extraordinary time.”
Hearing the news that Newton-John’s cancer had returned and that she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer that had metastasized to the sacrum in May 2017 was understandably difficult, but Goodrem says that Newton-John is a “thriver” at all times.
“The fact that she’s, right now, on the road to recovery and she’s staying on schedule and she’s coming back with a book tour in March is incredible,” Goodrem says. “She’s so positive and stands there as a warrior. That’s what I think you learn in the biopic, you realize that through everything that happens to her, she wants to make sure that other people remember to fight. There’s a reason for everybody knowing about what she goes through in music or anything so that she can bring good and make a difference in the world.”
Newton-John’s most recent diagnosis is her third bout with cancer, which some doctors describe as incurable but capable of being managed through treatment.
Not only can Goodrem and Newton-John bond over their similar backgrounds and battles with cancer, but also their love of music. The Voice Australia coach re-recorded Newton-John’s classic hits for the movie’s soundtrack, I Honestly Love You, which also includes two duets recorded with Newton-John called “Let Me Be There” and “Love Is A Gift.”
“When we got to have that moment singing these songs, instead of being the artist, I was the young girl with the dream who was standing there opposite my idol and it made me very emotional and very teary-eyed,” Goodrem says. “It’s a lot of fun, but it was very cathartic and very beautiful — a moment I will remember forever.”
“We love singing together,” she continues. “I wanted the soundtrack to sound very classic and timeless to her original, because why would you paint over something so beautiful already? Having her involved and being there with the soundtrack was really fun.”
Another aspect of the film is that it depicts the toll that Newton-John’s booming career took on her earlier romantic relationships with ex-husband Matt Lattanzi and ex-boyfriend Patrick McDermott. Goodrem’s own career has affected her relationships because of the heightened interested in her personal life, and it seems that new tabloid stories come out every week in her native Australia claiming that she’s either pregnant or married.
“I’m starting to get confused,” Goodrem says with a laugh. “I’m like, wait, I’m pretty sure I’ve never been pregnant or had a beautiful child. While I look forward to that chapter one day in my life, right now I’m very much with my music and with acting and with the art.”
“I understand that there’s always going to be an interest in my personal life, and I appreciate that people are interested,” she adds. “I’ve learned along the way what to keep private when I know that I’m here to give with my music and acting. I used to be quite stressed and think, ‘Oh goodness me.’ But now I’m actually quite entertained by these storylines that are just not in alignment. But I don’t want to get in the way of anyone’s good story. The only people who get more angry are my friends who are disappointed about not being invited to any of these events.”
Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You airs on Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.
Sat Feb 16 15:21:39 EST 2019
Chrissy Teigen‘s sense of humor has gone viral once again.
Shortly after sharing a photograph of her and John Legend’s 9-month-old son Miles Theodore — who’s the spitting image of his father — Teigen joked about how if you’re going to cheat on your husband, it’s best to choose a man who looks exactly like him, so nobody will ever know.
In the adorable image, little Miles, who was wearing an adorable baby-sized tuxedo, smiled for the camera while holding out his arms.
“someone had a wonderful valentine’s dinner with @alanavanderaa and @chrishimmm! maybe he will fit into these shoes by next v-day,” the mother of two, 33, captioned the images, drawing extra attention to her son’s too-big sneakers.
In response, Legend, 40, commented, “He is me,” which prompted Teigen to joke about her fidelity to her husband.
“@johnlegend it’s important to cheat with people who look like your husband,” she wrote, in an interaction highlighted by Instagram account Comments by Celebs.
The couple is also parents to daughter Luna Simone, 2½.
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Of course, Teigen and Legend weren’t the only ones to comment on Miles’ uncanny resemblance to his father.
“Honey, I Shrunk John Legend – coming to theaters this spring,” joked Katharine McPhee.
Meanwhile, Community star Yvette Nicole Brown joked that while Miles does look like Legend, the child also looks like her own father.
“Oh. My. GOD! HE is PERFECTION!!!! And yes @johnlegend he IS you. Your baby boy AND also my dad,” she wrote, adding a winky face.
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Teigen previously commented on how baby Miles is already the spitting image of his papa ahead of the singer’s birthday bash last month, while asking her followers for help deciding which color tuxedo jacket Miles should wear to the James Bond-themed party.
“Okay guys. Throwing john’s 40th birthday party tonight but need your help dressing mini-john. Which one!” Teigen wrote alongside two adorable snaps of Miles wearing two different baby tuxedos.
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Teigen has also taken the opportunity to speak out about Twitter “trolls” who have left her negative comments regarding Miles’ helmet, which she has previously explained he wears in order to treat his “adorable slightly misshapen head” as a result of Plagiocephaly.
“Good morning trolls! Just a friendly reminder that you do not indeed know absolutely everything,” the Cravings author wrote on Twitter last December.
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“Miles has been seeing a physiotherapist — we didn’t just go straight to helmet. We tried muscle work and will continue. Also your flat headed kid turned out fine yes yes yes I agree,” she continued.
“Just didn’t want you guys to see pictures and wonder,” Teigen added in a separate tweet. “Not promoting anything. Just sharing our story! Thank you back to your bridge now.”