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The Onassis Women

The Onassis Women

by Kiki Feroudi Moutsatsos, Phyllis Karas
     
 

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At seventeen, Kiki Feroudi Moutsatsos began a job at Olympic Airways that would change her life. She worked in the office of the most renowned man in Greece, and within a year she was Aristotle Onassis's personal secretary. For the next nine years, the last of his life, Moutsatsos was a key player in Onassis's professional and private worlds. She spent her days in

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At seventeen, Kiki Feroudi Moutsatsos began a job at Olympic Airways that would change her life. She worked in the office of the most renowned man in Greece, and within a year she was Aristotle Onassis's personal secretary. For the next nine years, the last of his life, Moutsatsos was a key player in Onassis's professional and private worlds. She spent her days in his office, assisting him with important business matters, and her evenings at his sister Artemis's villa, mingling with his family and their world-famous guests. She was witness to his personal relationships with the most significant people in his life. She worked side by side with his children, Alexander and Christina, planned his travels with mistress Maria Callas, and even managed the details of his wedding to Jacqueline Kennedy in 1968. The Onassis Women is Moutsatsos's privileged insider's account of this larger-than-life figure and the grand objects of his love. Moutsatsos greatly admired Jackie, and the two women developed a close relationship, extending beyond their ties to the Onassis family. Moutsatsos visited Jackie in New York, staying in her Fifth Avenue apartment, and kept in touch with her throughout her life, even in the weeks before her death. Moutsatsos also became an intimate friend to Aristotle's daughter, Christina. Though often rebellious, Christina was always desperate for her father's love. Moutsatsos observed their volatile relationship as well as the push-pull element between Onassis and the women in his life. With the possible exception of Jackie, all these women--his mistress, his sisters, and his daughter--needed Aristotle's approval and suffered to gain it at almost any cost. It is through understanding the importance of these relationships, and their interconnectedness, that we begin to truly perceive the charmed and haunted lives of Jackie, Maria, Christina, and Aristotle Onassis. Index.

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Library Journal
As a very young woman in Greece, Moutsatsos worked for the Onassis family and their airline, serving as Aristotle Onassis's personal assistant for much of that time. In this memoir, she gives her own account of the last decade of Onassis's life, a decade that saw him loving one woman, Maria Callas; marrying another, Jackie Kennedy; and constantly trying to please a third, his daughter, Christina. Moutsatsos offers some intriguing information about these women's lives with Onassis; for example, she observes that although Onassis loved Callas, he and Kennedy were also very much in love at the time they wed. In addition, Moutsatsos shows a deep affection for the whole Onassis family, which comes through particularly when she writes about Alexander, the son who died in a plane crash. Despite the air of Greek tragedy that hangs over all her subjects, Moutsatsos's insider's view, love for these people, and the wealth, fame, and glamour of the women make this a fascinating book. Expertly read by actress Judy Kaye, whose use of the slightest hint of a Greek accent brings a bit of authenticity to the performance, this would be a good addition to any biography collection. Highly recommended.--Sally G. Waters, Stetson Coll. of Law Lib., St. Petersburg, FL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
The author served as Aristotle Onassis' business secretary and personal assistant for the last nine years of his life. She established close relationships with his sister, his children, and his second wife, Jackie Kennedy. From this intimate perspective, she delivers a unique portrait of the Greek tycoon and the people he loved. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425171936
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
11/01/1999
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
426
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.72(h) x 1.19(d)

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