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From Society Darling to American Princess: The Glamorous Life of Lee Radziwill

The younger sister of Jackie Kennedy may be the most sophisticated tastemaker of her time.
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Lee Radziwill may have entered society as Jackie Kennedy's younger sister but her days as a stylish ingenue to a sophisticated socialite have proven the former Princess to be much more than the other half of the dazzling Bouvier duo. With an impeccable taste that drove her career as an interior decorator and an impressive list of friends included everyone from Truman Capote to Sofia Coppola, Radziwill has long held the title of society's most understated "it girl".

1954


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The Bouvier sisters attend the Franco-American Ball at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

1960


Lee is pictured just after her divorce from first husband Michael Canfield was finalized in 1959.

1961


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Prince Stanislaw Radziwill and Princess Lee Radziwill board a plane for London.

1962


While on a trip to India, Lee and her sister Jaqueline Kennedy ride an elephant.

1962


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First Lady Jackie Kennedy and Lee Radziwill pose with the American ambassador to India while on a goodwill tour together.

1962


The sisters stroll on a pier on the Amalfi coast.

1962


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Lee, Stanislaw, and their children Anthony and Anna Christina join the Kennedy family at the White House for Christmas.

1963


Lee Radziwill is accompained by Aristotle Onassis, who later married her sister, to a reception at the Athens Hilton.

1965


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Lee takes her children, Anthony and Anna Christina, to a Children's matinee at a theater in London.

1965


Jacqueline Kennedy visits Lee in London.

1965


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The socialite sisters take their children and dogs for a walk in London.

1966


Radizwill looks stylish as she attends an event in New York.

1966


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Lee poses for friend and photographer Cecil Beaton, in the Turquerie Room of her London home.

1967


At the Savoy Hotel in London.

1969


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With her friend Cecil Beaton in New York.

1969


Lee attends Cecil Beaton's 40-year retrospective exhibition party at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

1969


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Lee and her good friend, Truman Capote.

1970


Radziwill at a party in New York.

1970


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Lee and Jackie on a shopping trip in Capri.

1970


The Bouvier sisters after a performance at the Alvin Theater in New York.

1971


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Radziwill poses at Turville Grange, the home she shared with husband Stanislaw near Buckinghamshire, England.

1971


Lee poses with her dogs on the grounds of Turville Grange.

1976


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At the opening of "The Glory of Russian Costume" Exhibit.

1976


Radziwill began an interior design consulting business from her Fifth Avenue apartment.

1976


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Radziwill and Peter Tufo attend a dinner at Tavern on the Green in New York City.

1976


Lee Radziwill in her New York apartment.

1978


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Radziwill arrives with her son Anthony for John F. Kennedy Jr. and Caroline Kennedy's birthday party at Le Club in New York.

1978


Radziwill and Francoise de la Renta bundle up in fur coats for the opening of Bette Midler at The Copacabana.

1986


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Radziwill attends the Vienna Ball at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

1987


With Malcom Forbes at a gala celebrating the 70th birthday of Forbes magazine.

1987


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At Regine's in New York City.

1988


Lee and her third husband, Herb Ross at their wedding reception.

1990


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With Diane Von Furstenberg.

1993


At the opening of La Boheme in Los Angeles.

1994


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With fashion designer, Giorgio Armani.

1998


Radziwill with her nephew's wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy at the Supper Club.

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2001


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Radziwill is seen shopping on Madison Avenue.

2001


At the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala to celebrate the clothes of Jacqueline Kennedy.

2002


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With Andre Leon Tally at the show for Marc Jacobs's Fall 2007 collection.

2006


With Sofia Coppola at a dinner in Paris for Marc Jacobs.

2009


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With Calvin Klein at the 69th Annual American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala at the Metropolitan Opera House.

2010


With Marc Jacobs and Gilles Dufour at the Valentino Garavani Archives dinner in Versailles.

2010


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Lee Radziwill attends a screening of Biutiful at the Lighthouse Theater.

2014


With her late son's wife, Carole Radziwill, at the opening night of Cabaret.

2015


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Lee Radziwill attends the premiere of Miss You Already at the Museum of Modern Art.

2016


Front row at the Giambattista Valli show during Paris Fashion week.

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

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