While Jackie Kennedy has long been a woman revered by many, it turns out that the famous first lady was starry-eyed over a certain (unlikely) someone herself.
According to a new memoir written by Jackie Kennedy's personal assistant, Kathy McKeon, Jackie considered her close friend and confidant, Bunny Mellon, to be the epitome of grace and style. In fact, Jackie wanted to impress her so much that even Mellon's visits to the casual Kennedy Cape Cod home caused the usually composed Jackie to become very flustered.
"When Mrs. Mellon was coming for lunch, Madam would go into a near-tizzy. Everything needed to be just right," recalled McKeon in Jackie's Girl. "'Kath, make sure the cushions are right on the chaise, that the zippers are to the back!' she'd fuss. In the kitchen, she would hover over the cook: 'What kind of soup was being served? Something with some green in it,' she fretted, 'Maybe some parsley or leek, or What about asparagus—was there any good asparagus?'"
It's not hard to understand why Jackie might have been a little intimidated. Affectionately nicknamed "Bunny," Rachel Lambert Mellon was an heiress to her grandfather's vast fortune—a man credited with the invention of the famous mouthwash brand Listerine. Backed by an elite private education at Miss Porter's and her family's prosperous legacy, Mellon certainly had a lot of influence. As McKeon puts it, Mellon was "the richest of the rich."
Despite all the fuss that went into preparing for a famous Mellon visit, McKeon conceded that the heiress—although surely flattered by the display—was hardly high maintenance.
"You'd never guess Bunny Mellon was a billionaire the way she breezed through the kitchen door, chattering away, her arms full of flowers," remembered McKeon.
Wow, who knew Jackie's closest friend was her biggest idol? All in all, we have to admit that both ladies are equally regal.
h/t Town and Country
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