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How John F. Kennedy, Jr. Planned His Secret Wedding to Carolyn Bessette in the George Offices

John was reportedly a devoted boss at the political magazine-but he still made some time for wedding planning.
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John F. Kennedy, Jr. and his wife, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, died in a plane crash 20 years ago this summer. They left behind a storied legacy—a big part of which was George, a magazine that remade the rules for political publications.

To commemorate the two-decade anniversary of John and Carolyn's passing, the Hollywood Reporter published an extensive oral history of what it was like inside George. Among the juicier tidbits shared? The fact that John's secret wedding to Carolyn was—at least in part—planned inside the George offices.

Former George managing editor Sudie Redmond recalled that during her interview for the job, John had some wedding-related matters to attend to. "During the interview, he got a phone call," Redmond said. "Rose came in and said, 'It's the call you've been waiting for, you really need to take this.' He apologized. I later learned it was a call about his wedding [to Carolyn Bessette] and all the logistics of keeping it secret. My first official day on the job was his first day back from the honeymoon. There was champagne in his office, and we had a toast. I felt so lucky to be there."

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John and Carolyn at a gala in 1998.

The couple's nuptials may have even lost them a cover star. "When he was getting married, he told me well in advance, but we had an issue with the cover subject who backed out at the last minute," Elizabeth Mitchell, the magazine's former executive editor, shared. "So he wrote a letter that I was to deliver with Matt Berman to that star, who we were told was filming in the city. We drove around most of the day trying to find him on the street to deliver the letter from John that said, 'Secretly, I'm getting married, but I'm pleading you'll come back to do the cover.' We never found him, so he never got the letter. It was Jack Nicholson."

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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