Lee Radziwiłł, American Princess, Dies @ 85

Lee Radziwiłł, the sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929-1994) and a prominent American socialite and style icon in her own right, died Friday, Vogue reports. She was 85.

(Image via The New York Times Style Magazine)

Born into wealth as Caroline Lee Bouvier on March 3, 1933, the young stunner fancied a career in acting, and would seem to have had a leg up as the younger sister of America's beloved First Lady — but it was not meant to be. Her performances in the 1967 production of The Philadelphia Story in Chicago and in a TV adaptation of Laura (1968) were so panned she walked away from the craft.

Though she worked as a decorator and an Armani P.R. exec, Radziwiłł was more famed for her jet-setting personal life, which included following the Rolling Stones (1972) on tour; setting up Albert (1926-2015) and David (1931-1987) Maysles with her cousins "Big Edie" Beale (1895-1977) and "Little Edie" Beale (1917-2002), resulting in the classic documentary Grey Gardens (1975); and acting as the confidante of Andy Warhol (1928-1987) and Truman Capote (1924-1984).

Witness to (juicy) history!

Radziwiłł married three times: to P.R. exec Michael Temple Canfield (1926-1969), a marriage annulled by the Catholic Church in 1962; Prince Stanisław Albrecht Radziwiłł (1914-1976), a marriage that made her a princess; and director Herbert Ross (1927-2001).

She is survived by her daughter with Radziwiłł, Princess Christina. Her son with him, Prince Anthony, died at age 40 in 1999.

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