Frank Sinatra Affair With Jacqueline Onassis
March 6, 2012 by staff
Frank Sinatra Affair With Jacqueline Onassis, When comedian Peter Cook was first asked to appear at the White House to perform for the Kennedys, he was characteristically dismissive.
Imagine the very idea of travelling there to amuse them ‘like some f***ing cabaret’, was his defiant response.
Instead, he told the American President and his wife to go to New York where he was performing on Broadway. And they did. Little wonder. In 1962, the four exponents of the ground-breaking satirical review Beyond The Fringe – Jonathan Miller, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett and Peter himself – were so famous that everyone flocked to see them.
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Having emerged from Oxbridge to conquer London’s West End, they were now having the time of their lives in America.
That’s when JFK and his wife Jackie – who prided themselves on their interest in the arts – came back stage after the show.
And, according to Peter’s old playwright friend Alan Bennett, pretty soon Peter and Jackie were having an affair.
Bennett – despite his disgust at the accolade – is now a national treasure and, after some 47 years, he’s spilled the beans.
During a TV programme to mark his 75th birthday last week, he told interviewer Mark Lawson: ‘I may be libelling her, but I think Peter had an affair with Jackie Kennedy.
I have an image of her standing next to Peter, stroking his arm, in the dressing room and he certainly went to parties with her.’
So was it really true? It’s on the record that Peter later bedded her sister, Lee Radziwill – but Jackie, too?
I well remember those champagne days in the early Sixties when Peter and his future wife Wendy kept open house in their exotic Greenwich Village apartment.
I lived in New York at the time and any evening you might meet round their table actors or models who constituted a veritable British invasion of New York at the time: Albert Finney, Terence Stamp, Jean Shrimpton . . . everyone was there.
Peter was the liveliest of the lot, full of plans to open a new cabaret or a trendsetting restaurant, to break taboos and dispense with all sacred cows.
In London he had made fun of the Prime Minister Harold Macmillan while Macmillan himself was sitting right there in the audience.
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In New York, he might have loved the idea of cuckolding the President of the United States – but actually doing it? ‘He would have been terrified,’ says Wendy today.
The sophisticated Jackie Kennedy was 32 when they met, Peter just 24 and very different from the predatory satyr he became.
A handsome, romantic lad with floppy hair and a slender figure, he was hardly versed in physical matters, like most public school boys at the time.
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