Lee Radziwill, Jackie Kennedy Onassis‘s sister, has died. WWD reports that Radziwill passed away on Friday, February 15. There is no known cause of death at this time.
Christian Dior‘s public relations director, Mathilde Favier, who was introduced to her husband by Radziwill, said,
“She was the height of elegance, a true icon. [She was] an incredibly attractive woman who always adapted to whatever the circumstance. She was never overdressed or underdressed…She was incredibly elegant and inspiring, and always ahead of her time because she was a fashion visionary. It’s very sad. It’s the end of an era.”
Radziwill was born to stockbroker John Vernou Bouvier III and socialite Janet Lee Bouvier as Caroline Lee Bouvier. She soared to fashion stardom when her sister married John F. Kennedy (becoming First Lady), and the two sisters were one of the most famous and highly photographed duos during the 60’s. Radziwill worked briefly as an actress and more notably as a public relations executive for Armani.
Radziwill was married three times. First in April 1953, was to Michael Temple Canfield, a publishing executive. They divorced in 1959, and the marriage was annulled by the Roman Catholic Church in November 1962.
Her second marriage, on March 19, 1959, was to the Polish aristocrat Prince Stanislaw Albrecht Radziwill, who divorced his second wife, the former Grace Maria Kolin, and received a Roman Catholic annulment of his first marriage to re-marry. Upon her marriage she became Her Serene Highness Princess Stanisław Albrecht Radziwill. They had two children, Prince Anthony and Princess Christina. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1974.
On September 23, 1988, Radziwill became the second wife of American film director and choreographer Herbert Ross. They divorced shortly before his death, and she returned to using Radziwill.
Radziwill is survived by her her daughter, Anna Christina Radziwill. Her son, Anthony Radziwill, passed away in 1999.
Lee Radziwill was 85.
(Photos, YouTube; via Elle)