The tragedies and triumphs of the Kennedy family have captivated people around the world for decades. They were America’s closest thing to a royal family, their high point being the Camelot years of the JFK Presidency. Indeed, the Kennedy story is full of endless drama: murder, tragic accidents, affairs and immense power, and it has spawned countless biographies, films, and mini-series. In the below list, we take a look at 20 of the not-so-known bits of Kennedy lore, such as Jackie O’s purported promiscuity, JFK’s truly wild White House, and the dark family secrets of Rose and Joe Kennedy.
20. Jackie O’s father led a scandalous life
Jackie O became the ultimate symbol of elegance, but her father was much more high roller than high society. John Bouvier III, a.k.a “Black Jack,” was both a gambler and alcoholic. According to the authors of the 2014 biography Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: A Life Beyond Her Wildest Dreams, he was also promiscuous, with both men and women.
19. Jackie was allegedly bribed to stay married
According to the same salacious biography, Jackie didn’t exactly enjoy being married to JFK. The bio alleges that Jackie even wanted a divorce. However, the then President-to-be’s father, Joe, offered her $1 million to hold the marriage together.