Diana and Jackie: Maidens, Mothers, Myths
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
Graced with never before seen photographs from many private collections, and painstakingly researched, Diana and Jackie presents these two remarkable and unique women as they have never been seen before.
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DIANA & JACKIE: Maidens, Mothers, MythsUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Comparison of two 20th-century "supernovas" whose extraordinary appeal to the public has continued into the 21st—as witness this book.Mulvaney (Jackie: The Clothes of Camelot, not reviewed) unearths ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
Children of Divorce
Chapter Four A Girl at an Impressionable
Chapter Five Maidens
Chapter Six The Men They Married
Chapter Eight Wedded Wives
Chapter Ten The Windsors and the Kennedys
Chapter Twelve Supernovas
Chapter Fifteen Myths
Chapter Sixteen Two Ladies Alone
Chapter Eighteen Second Loves
Chapter Nineteen Touched by the
Epilogue Two Funerals
Chapter Eleven Mothers