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Lee Radziwill, Jackie Kennedy’s Younger Sister and Former Actress, Dies in NYC Home at 85; Had Been Battling Age Related Disease

NEW YORK – Lee Radziwill, a real-life American princess and sister of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, died Friday in her New York City home. She was 85.

Radziwill was known as a 1960s “it girl” along with her sister and remained admired as a style icon her whole life, according to Fox News. Her cause of death has not been confirmed, although there are reports she had been battling an “undisclosed age-related disease,” reported The Daily Mail.

Radziwill was also known for her high-profile marriages — including to her second husband, Prince Stanislaw Albrecht Radziwill of Poland. They had two children, Anna and Anthony Radziwill. The son passed away after battling cancer in the late 1990s, according to Fox News.

Lee Radziwill is also survived by her daughter-in-law Carole Radziwill, who was married to Anthony Radziwill and is a television personality on “Real Housewives of New York.”


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Lee Radziwill was born Caroline Lee Bouvier in New York in 1933 to stockbroker John Vernou Bouvier III and mother Janet Lee Bouvier, according to The Daily Mail.

She was married to publishing executive Michael Canfield in 1953 until their divorce in 1959, the same year that she married a Polish aristocrat. Lee Radziwill and Prince Stanislaw divorced in 1974.

Lee Radziwill was quite the socialite and had an “exclusive list of friends,” including artist Andy Warhol and writer Truman Capote, according to The Daily Mail. She worked in public relations and even served as brand ambassador for Giorgio Armani, according to Harper’s Bazaar.

The Bouvier family continues to dominate American lore. Moschino recreated Jackie Kennedy’s outfit from the day her husband, former President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated for its Women’s Fall-Winter 2018-2019 Collection Fashion Show in Milan, Italy.

The government of Saudi Arabia purchased a Washington, D.C., area estate that was also a childhood home of Jackie Kennedy for $43 million, according to real estate agents in 2018.

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