Diana and Jackie: Maidens, Mothers, Myths

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Macmillan, Oct 21, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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History has seen only a few women so magical, so evanescent, that they captured the spirit and imagination of their times. Diana, Princess of Wales and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis were two of these rare creatures. They were the most famous women of the twentieth century ~ admired, respected, even adored at times; rebuked, mocked and reviled at others. Separated by nationality and a generation apart, they led two surprisingly similar lives.

Both were the daughters of acrimonious divorce. Both wed men twelve years their senior, men who needed "trophy brides" to advance their careers. Both married into powerful and domineering families, who tried, unsuccessfully, to tame their willful independence. Both inherited power through marriage and both rebelled within their official roles, forever crushing the archetype. And both revolutionized dynasties.

And yet in many ways they were completely different: Jackie lived her life with an English "stiff upper lip" ~ never complaining, never explaining in the face of immense public curiosity. Diana lived her life with an American "quivering lower lip" ~ with televised tell-alls, exposing her family drama to a world eager for every detail.

These two lives have been well documented but never before compared. And never before examined in the context of their times. Jay Mulvaney, author of Kennedy Weddings and Jackie: The Clothes of Camelot, probes the lives of these two twentieth century icons and discovers:

The nature of their personalities forged from the cradle by their relationships with their fathers, Black Jack Bouvier and Johnny Spencer.
·Their early years, and their early relationships with men.
·Their marriages, and the truth behind the lies, the betrayals and the arrangements.
·Their greatest achievements: motherhood.
·Their prickly relationships with their august mothers-in-law, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy and Queen Elizabeth II
· Their lives as single women, working mothers.
· Their roles as icons and archetypes.

Graced with never before seen photographs from many private collections, and painstakingly researched, 0Diana and Jackie presents these two remarkable and unique women as they have never been seen before.
  

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User Review  - LoriHedgpeth - LibraryThing

"Diana and Jackie" is perfect for light reading, but this book reveals nothing new about either lady, nor does it delve very deeply into either's personality. While there were certain characteristics ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jen Six - Goodreads

I loved both women, had read at length about Jackie, had just started my research into Diana and stumbled upon this book. Clever, how someone sat and thought it out entirely, and eerily, how these two ... Read full review

Contents

Two Weddings
1
Gilded Daughters of Privilege
11
Darling Daddy and Mummy Dearest
25
Separation Anxiety Children of Divorce
39
A Girl at an Impressionable Age
53
Maidens
67
The Men They Married
77
Courtship and Engagement
93
Smashing the Archetypes The Rebels Within
189
The End of the Dream
203
Myths
215
Two Ladies Alone
233
Owning a Piece of the Myth Two Sales of the Century
251
Second Loves
265
Touched by the Sun
277
Two Funerals
287

Wedded Wives
111
The MothersinLaw Elizabeth Windsor and Rose Kennedy
123
The Windsors and the Kennedys
139
Mothers
151
Supernovas
173
Afterword
303
Acknowledgments
305
Bibliography
307
1ndex
309
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About the author (2003)

Jay Mulvaney is the author of Jackie: The Clothes of Camelot and Kennedy Weddings. He was executive producer of Kennedy Weddings, a Weddings of a Lifetime special for Lifetime TV. A two-time Emmy Award winning writer and producer, his career has included stints as an executive at Nickelodeon, CBS, VH1 and Discovery. A writer and lecturer, he lives in New York City.

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