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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.

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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.

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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.

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