Jackie, Bobby Had Affair: Book

Neighbors claim to have seen frisking; experts decry

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 25, 2009 8:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – Jackie Kennedy turned to the arms of brother-in-law Bobby after John F. Kennedy’s assassination—or so a Kennedy biographer claims in Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story, out July 14. C. David Heymann alluded to such claims in two previous books, the New York Daily News reports, but Kennedy insiders aren’t convinced. “It’s a new low,” says one biographer; the Kennedy White House press secretary went further, calling it “bullshit.”

The book also reveals Jackie’s two sultry nights with Marlon Brando, according to the New York Post. Heymann got the story through cut passages from Brando’s memoir, including Jackie’s come-on, “Would you like to spend the night?” and Marlon’s response, “I thought you’d never ask.” Brando’s final assessment? “I’m not sure she knew what she was doing sexually, but she did it well.”

Members of the Kennedy family at the funeral of John F. Kennedy. From left: Edward Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and John Kennedy.   (Getty Images)
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy stands between her brothers-in-law, Robert and Edward Kennedy at the graveside of her husband, John F Kennedy, during his funeral, Arlington, Virginia, November 24, 1963.   (Getty Images)
Senator Robert Kennedy (1925 - 1968), candidate for the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party and brother of the late President John F Kennedy, meets the press in London.   (Getty Images)
Jacqueline Kennedy (Jackie Onassis), wife of Senator Jack Kennedy, at an 'April in Paris' ball.   (Getty Images)
24th January 1964: Robert Kennedy, the Attorney General of the United States arriving at the home of Princess Lee Radziwill, sister of Jackie Kennedy.   (Getty Images)
15th May 1965: Jacqueline Kennedy attends the inauguration of a memorial to her husband John F. Kennedy in Runnymede, Surrey. Holding her hand is her young son, John F. Kennedy Jr.   (Getty Images)
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You would have had to be dumb, deaf, and blind not to see it. - Kennedy family friend Chuck Spalding, on the attraction between Jackie and Bobby

It's a new low, and you just wonder how far people are willing to go. Yes, Bobby and Jackie had a relationship as friends, but [the romance] is a total exaggeration. I feel sorry for Heymann. - Kennedy biographer Laurence Leamer

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