Dimensions: 256 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 1.18 in
Published: January 24, 2013
Publisher: Gallery Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1439187673
ISBN - 13: 9781439187678
About the Book
The Kennedys have captured the American imagination for 50 years. Now, former personal assistant and dear friend of John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Terenzio has waited for more than a decade to share her unique, intimate, and extraordinary perspective of life behind the Kennedy curtain.
Read from the Book
Fairy Tale Interrupted CHAPTER 1 Two types of people exist in this world: those who are obsessed with the Kennedys and those who aren’t. My big Italian family from the Bronx sat squarely in the latter camp. My dad, a staunch Republican, had no patience for the family synonymous with the Democratic Party. And my mom was too busy to care about politics on any side of the aisle at all. Obviously, I understood why it created a major stir when John F. Kennedy Jr. first started calling the offices of the Manhattan public relations firm where I worked, PR/NY, but it didn’t give me the same thrill as it did Liz, the office manager, and Tricia, the receptionist, who would giggle and exchange meaningful glances whenever he was on the line. To me John was just a political type; I would have been more interested in meeting his celebrity girlfriend Daryl Hannah. It was funny to see Liz and Tricia get excited about anything. The two pretty hipsters shared a blasé attitude toward most aspects of life, including work. But I saw a hint of triumph on the face of whoever got to shout “John’s on the phone” to Michael Berman, cofounder of the firm and the man who gave me the best job I’d ever had. Michael started PR/NY after convincing his partner, Will Steere—whom he met while both were at the big international PR firm Burson-Marsteller—to take a chunk of Burson’s business and go out on their own. During my interview in the office, decor
From the Publisher
To everyone else, John F. Kennedy Jr. may have
been American royalty, but to RoseMarie Terenzio he was an entitled
nuisance-and she wasn't afraid to let him know it. RoseMarie was
his personal assistant, his publicist, and one of his closest
confidantes during the last five years of his life. In this, her
first memoir, she bravely recounts her own Fairy Tale
Interrupted, describing the unlikely friendship between a
blue-collar girl from the Bronx and John F. Kennedy Jr.
Funny, moving, and fresh, her memoir is a unique account by the
woman who was with him through dating, politics, the paparazzi, and
his marriage to Carolyn Bessette. Her street smarts, paired with
her loyalty, candor, and relentless work ethic, made her the
trusted insider to America's most famous man.
After John and Carolyn's tragic, untimely deaths on July 16, 1999,
RoseMarie's whole world came crashing down around her, along with
her hopes for the future. Only now does she feel she can tell her
story in a book that is at once a moving tribute and a very real
picture of her friend and employer.
Many books have sought to capture John F. Kennedy Jr.'s life. None
has been as intimate or as honest as Fairy Tale
Interrupted, a true portrait of the man behind the
icon-patient, protective, surprisingly goofy, occasionally
thoughtless and self-involved, yet capable of extraordinary
generosity and kindness. She reveals what John really had in mind
for his political future, how he handled media attention, and the
reality of life behind the scenes at George magazine. She
also shares how she dealt with the ultra-secretive planning of John
and Carolyn's wedding on Cumberland Island-and the heartbreak of
Fairy Tale Interrupted is a deeply loving story and a
fascinating adventure, filled with warmth, humor, insight, and five
years' worth of unforgettable memories.
"Captivating … told with style and grace."