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A Woman Named Jackie: An Intimate Biography of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,194 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
The first book to present a comprehensive and coherent portrait of Jackie has been updated with more than 80 pages of new material, as well as new photographs. New chapters cover Jackie's life as a New York book editor, her blossoming relationship with diamond merchant Maurice Templesman, and the final, tragic weeks of her life. 16 pages of photos.
Paperback, 766 pages
Published November 1st 1994 by Citadel (first published January 1st 1989)
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Dec 08, 2008 Terri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have read a number of volumes about Mrs. Onassis (you see I call her that because I respected her) the only think that Mr. Heyman( yes pronounced as you would suspect and of which he reminds me of) got right
in this loathsome tale is her name. Mrs Onassis was a smart woman who did a fairly decent job raising her children. That wasn't easy considering that she was a cultural icon. Yes, she married Onassis for his money and so what if she did. She had lost her beloved brother in law to a murderer
Feb 26, 2011 Lady rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Now I understand where the epithet "Ice Princess" came from when describing Jackie O: the woman owned more diamonds than Tutankhamen. And she was astonishingly blase about them! She referred to non-rich, non-famous people as "simple people," and carped about how her dresses should be original because she didn't want to see fat little housewives hopping about in dresses like hers. She chafed at a $200,000 per annum "salary" given her by the Kennedy family - which, it must be admitted, was chump c ...more
Jul 18, 2009 Selina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gossip filled account of Jackie O's life. I was new to Jackie, but I'd been curious to read what exactly she was like. Certainly many people had opinions on Jackie, which are quoted in full here, for readers to come to their own conclusion, for the author is irritatingingly circumspect about giving his own take on Jackie, stating in essence 'who knows? only Jackie herself'. If you can wade throught the snitty backbiting, what emerges is a rather self-absorbed shallow park avenue princess, who ...more
Pete daPixie
Apr 08, 2016 Pete daPixie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-u-s, biogs, women
A shame that Heymann published his biography in 1989, (I'm unaware of any updates) just four years later he could have completed the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
My Kennedy book collection usually relates to the killings of JFK and RFK, so this book is off my customary reading trail, however, for 1 in a charity shop, I couldn't resist.
'A Woman Named Jackie' is just one of the many biogs/exposures that are available on this subject, and C. David Heymann covers over six hundred pages with th
Hannah Rossi
Sep 30, 2015 Hannah Rossi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Woman Named Jackie, by C. David Heymann, follows the incredibly scandalous and illustrious life of the one and only Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. It begins from the start of her slightly tragic childhood, exposing the intimate details of her formative years, from her parents’ divorce to her schooling. It follows her life on the campaign trail, issues of John F. Kennedy’s infidelity, and the years following the death of her husband. This book serves as a tell all for the incredibly co ...more
Jul 24, 2009 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What courage, faith, and elegance this woman had. If you appreciate Jacquueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis as a woman read her story. Really appreciated the way she fought for herself using manners.
Jessica T.
May 21, 2012 Jessica T. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nov 11, 2013 Rusty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
This book is a most readable discussion about a woman caught in the spotlight for most of her life. It begins with Jackie's childhood, background about her family and the divorce of her parents. The animosity between her parents affected her profoundly. Jackie became a very private person drawing deep within herself. I couldn't help wondering if she ever trusted anyone. I do feel that she must have been insecure. She did have a coming out party and was named debutante of the year but she did not ...more
Oct 16, 2013 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Sarah Bradford's detailed bio on Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis which covered her from birth to her death in 1994. I really enjoyed it, but this one by Heymann was more fun to read. The author unearthed a large amount of information that Bradford's biography didn't have (whether by choice or not I don't know). It certainly isn't as flattering to the late Mrs. Onassis as America's Queen is. However it isn't written to be bitchy and mean. Its just that the real woman behind the legend i ...more
Apr 18, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you've ever been the least bit curious about Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis--as a style icon, a First Lady, a cultural preservationist, a 20th century figure--read this book. Truman Capote, Little Edie Beale (Grey Gardens) and others share stories that reveal the cold-hearted, mercenary black widow she was: a secretive woman who enjoyed bleeding everyone dry, who would turn on you on a whim, who would promise financial aid and not deliver it. The JFK years are especially intriguing, with ...more
Definitely not the "story of the century". Take this book with a boulder of salt. Jackie Onassis would never let slip this many facts about her life, so much of this book is inferred or gathered from journalist sources
Jan 20, 2014 Maki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Started disliking Jackie first when I read how mean spirited and how shallow she was. But then most of the upper class people in the book were also similar - the major difference was her strength and resilience. That was remarkable. With many celebrities dying from alcohol and drug abuse, she maintained sanity. For that, a hat off from me. She did not have an easy life from the very beginning.
Bookclub at Pat Carpenter's
As an avid reader of Kennedy biographies and history it seems to me that this book, more than any other, presents Jackie as pretentious, greedy, cold, elitist, materialistic and manipulative.

While the author seemed to have conducted extensive research, one gets the sense that there was an axe to grind or a driving bias behind this portrayal. Balanced it is not.

That said, like other Kennedy biographies, it is interesting and full of facts noted elsewhere, but not my favorite by any means.
I found this on the bathroom floor in the guestroom. I think my godmother left it for me. Either way, I started reading it in the bathroom and found that it reads quite well like a bathroom book. Informative and interesting but not one to carry out to the living room. I did, however, opt for this rather than Oscar Wilde's little brown book when utilizing my bathroom time. I really liked learning about her family's past - quite a lot I hadn't known before.
Jul 22, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
I didn't actually get very far (pg. 183), but I was horribly disappointed. The cover is promising, but all hope should end there. What annoyed me the most was Heymann's unending description of JFK's affairs. That's not why I was reading this!!! Furthermore, the information he gave on her was basic and poorly written.

If you're interested in learning about Jackie Kennedy Onassis, look elsewhere.
Any review of mine on this book is certainly biased as I adore Jackie herself and remain fascinated by her fantastic life. Having said that, it's a well-written biography of one of the most inspirational women of the last century that I personally look up in so many ways... it's beyond anything to just go through her colourful life full of brilliant moments and yet so many down points...
Apr 06, 2014 Maura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly detailed, a wonderful book to read whether it's your first book on Jackie or whether you have read others. Highly recommended.
Aug 07, 2014 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long but worth it. The most detailed biography I've ever read, of not only the former First Lady, but of anyone, really. Delicious particulars dropped into this deeply personal life history make it intensely interesting. This was my second reading and I found even more quotables and wisdom from Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis than the first go-round.
I bought this book for $1 at a library sale and it was almost more like a textbook than a biography. Tt was heavily researched, as shown by lengthy interviews by stablehands who once assisted the young Jackie with her pony, all the way through to miscellaneous White House aides. Almost too many fascinating facts, and a lot of speculation.
Jun 28, 2011 Vikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is all and more that I've ever wanted to know about Jackie Onassis. It is hard to know what to believe. Although I tend to suspect very little exageration in this book as there were so many interviews etc. that make up this book. This book named names, dates, and places.
May 09, 2013 Bowen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Interesting in the fact that this book puts many sides of her 'apparent' public personalities together. The 'poor me' 'stong victim and 'the money grabbing attention seeker'. Who knows which is the truth, or maybe all are, as we are all multifacted people
Lori Walsh
it was good, It wasn't one of those I couldn't put down though
Mar 24, 2013 Casey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
My librarian pulled like 5 different biographies about Jackie, I picked the one with Edie Beale as a frequent source. it was kind of gossipy but that's what I was kind of wanted.
Melissa Snow
Jan 17, 2011 Melissa Snow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a fascinating look into a life of elegance. This book touched on everything Jackie O. I found it hard to put down once I started reading.
May 13, 2013 Julia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't read in its entirety. Almost too much detail. Became re invigorated with Jackie O after reading the book by her secret service man.
Apr 25, 2012 Shirley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-bio-bio
My favorite line in the book, words spoken to Jackie by her mother-"Don't marry for money, but fall in love where the money is!"
Oct 31, 2011 Ginger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enlightening. Lots of research to back it up, if its true it is eye opening. Reading seemed to drag and drag though.
Bobbie Rathjens
I read this one back in high school. It was a sophomoric attempt at best. Some good nuggets though, but mostly gossip fueled.
Thomas Strömquist
Massive work, very detailed and thorough. Probably the only book you need to read if interested in the life of JKO.
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C. David Heymann is the internationally known author of such New York Times bestselling books as The Georgetown Ladies' Social Club; RFK: A Candid Biography of Robert F. Kennedy; Poor Little Rich Girl: The Life and Legend of Barbara Hutton; and A Woman Named Jackie: An Intimate Biography of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Three of his works have been made into award-winning NBC-TV miniseries. ...more
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