The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on October 6, 1991 · Page 465
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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 465

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Sunday, October 6, 1991
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., acqueline Bouvier V Kennedy Onassis re-H mains one of the Jr most elusive, myste-y rious women of our time. Like Greta Garbo, At 62, ske people-watckes with a telescope, Q has had two face lifts, spends three days a week at her office and makes $50,000, diskes advice to nepkew Will Smitk and JFK Jr., kveswitk someone else's kuskand she deservedly has earned a reputation for her ability to attract major celebrities and persuade them to pen autobiographies. She has brought in Michael Jackson, Carly Simon and ballerina Gelsey Kirkland, and now is hot on the heels of Frank Sinatra and Barbara Walters. Despite this, at least some colleagues question her dedication, the result perhaps of her renown and the fact that she works at Doubleday only three days per week. What these naysayers probably don't realize is that Jackie puts in additional work time at home, rising at dawn and spreading out her manuscripts and galleys on the living-room floor. "What's strange about Jackie," says literary agent Marianne Strong, "is her abiding interest in the lives of other celebrities. She has always been a gossip-monger, adores hearing tidbits about the rich and famous, though in fact she hates it when anybody writes or talks about her own adventures. She is basically a voyeur. She even has a high-power telescope in her 1040 Fifth Ave. RUNQUttLY.OUTUW Hie hiographer who opened she has been known to decry and resent the public's overriding interest in her private life. "I'm happiest when I'm alone," she told her friend Bunny Mellon last year. Another friend, Jayne Wrightsman, was privy to a similar lament several months ago, when Jackie said, "I'm 62 now, and I've been in the public eye for more than 30 years. I can't believe that anybody still cares about me or is still interested in what I do." But people do care. And books, articles, documentaries and television miniseries on Jackie continue to proliferate (see Page 5). Through it all, the former first lady has remained silent, unresponsive to her interlocutors, allowing no interviews or other glimpses into the inner workings of her inscrutable soul. What can be said is that the Jackie of today is an altered creature from Jacqueline Kennedy, the wife of President John F. Kennedy, or Jackie Onassis, the "shop-till-you-drop" jet-setter and wife of one of the world's wealthiest tycoons. For the past 16 years, since Onassis' death, she has been building a solid life and career for herself in New York. In June 1988, with the birth of Rose Kennedy Schlossberg, she became a grandmother for the first time; her second grandchild, Tatiana Schlossberg, was born in May 1990. Jackie's friend Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr. once said: "After Onassis' death, Jackie's great struggle was the need to forge a new identity for herself. She no longer wanted to be known as the wife of a former president of the United States or the wife of a certain Greek shipping magnate. Finally, she wanted to be recognized on the strength of her own merits; she wanted to achieve success, but in her own way, on her own terms." Aside from her grandchildren, to whom the Francophile is now known simply as "Grandmtre" and for whom she has become a frequent baby sitter, Jackie's lifestyle is very much that of the successful New York career woman. She is today a $50,000-per-year senior editor at Doubleday & Co., the large Manhattan publishing firm, where me aoor apartment which is trained on Central Park, and she takes great pleasure in watching strangers frolic in the sun. In other words, the world's most-watched woman loves watching others." If she is a voyeur, Jackie is also a participant, a doer who has maintained or a new mi mL mm) series reveals Wth Caroline and John, top left, and beau Maurice Tempefeman Mietr 7 TODAY Tacki her sanity, as she puts it, with an active lifestyle. For years she has been a familiar figure in Tretorn running shoes, standard-issue sweatsuit, white cotton gloves and her now-famous oval sunglasses as she fast-walks the cinder running path that encircles New York's Central Park Reservoir. She pursues this solo ritual three times a week, usually on those mornings before she goes to work. Although she once made fun of the Kennedy family mania for physical fitness, Mrs. Onassis the name she has used since her second husband's death remains an avid ath- DAVD MgQOUQH. DM by C. DAVID HEYMANN author of Uw best seller "A Woman Named Jackie." He's now planning biographies of ElizabeOi Taylor and Robert Kenned'. 4 USA WEEKEND Otnbcr4-6, 1991

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