RoseMarie Terenzio can still vividly recollected some of her fondest memories involving her friend and former boss John F. Kennedy Jr.
One of them involved his famous mane, which he hated.
He used to keep this cream called Kiehls Silk Groom, Kennedys assistant told Fox News. Ill never forget it. He used to keep it in his office and on the shelf. And he would use it all the time to get his fuzz to be flatter. He would wear a hat all the time. Even sometimes in the role, he would throw the Kiehls Silk Groom and then he would put a hat on to flatten his hair.
There was also his massive appetite.
He would order like 10 different things for lunch and eat a little of everything, she clarified, chuckling. So he would get like three different lunch bringings. He would have rice and beans on a sheet, a burger on another plate.
“He ordered everything, but he only devour a little of each thing. He also ate off my plate all the time. I would come back to my table and there would be a chunk taken out of my lunch … He had an appetite, but he was always in shape I actually never ascertained him finish an entire meal.
Kennedy, son of the 35 th President, as well as his wife Carolyn and her sister Lauren Bessette died in an aircraft accident on July 16, 1999, off the coast of Marthas Vineyard while on their mode to Rory Kennedy’s wedding. And 18 year later, Terenzio still looks back at her day working for Kennedy and rapidly befriending him.
But meeting Kennedy back in 1994 wasnt a star-studded moment for Terenzio, who grew up in The Bronx with a big Italian household that didnt have much money.
He was starting George magazine with Michael Berman, who was my boss at the time, she said. And Michael had given him my role and he moved right in, so I was not very happy about that. I definitely[ confronted Kennedy ]. I said, You dont even have a job, why do you need country offices? He was a little taken aback by my position to say the least.
At the time, Kennedy was dealing with the loss of his mother, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who passed away that same time at age 64 from non-hodgkins lymphoma.
He never actually had an assistant, said Terenzio. John and I merely started various kinds of a banter of making fun of each other and taunting one another. It simply worked out. And “hes been gone”, Well, why dont “youre coming” work for me? And I said, Well, what do you do? And he said, This publication and hopefully thats what were going to be doing. I recollect he said, If this doesnt work up, you know, if you want to move on, I know some people and I could probably help you find another job. I said, You know some people? You know the whole Earth! So needless to say, it did work out, which was great. And we actually grew actually, really good friends in the process.
George, a monthly magazine which focused on politics, launched in 1995 and ran until 2001. But even before the magazine hitting newsstands, Terenzio was busy as Kennedys personal assistant.
The phone rang incessantly. Forever, she remembered. And we didnt genuinely use email. It was all telephone. It merely rang forever. And the mail. He get so much mail. I would get three boxes of mail from the mailroom every day. And I would have to go through all of it and keep on top of it because it would pile up.
In early autumn 1994, Terenzio satisfied the woman who would marry Americas most eligible bachelor-at-arms of the moment.
Carolyn and I have in fact been speaking on the phone for a while, a few months before I actually fulfilled her, she said. She was very warm, she was friendly, and she was very much a girls girl. Like, Whats going on? How was your day? How was your night? You warmed up right away with her. She was so open and she was just a really good friend. She was fun and she was funny. And so when I firstly encountered her, it felt like we had known each other. It was love at first sight.
While tabloids encompassed Kennedys past reported flings with stars, like Madonna, Darryl Hannah, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Cindy Crawford, merely to identify a few, Terenzio believed Carolyn differ from anyone he encountered. The pair shocked the world with trade secrets wed in 1996.
John was ready, said Terenzio. She was ready. They were both ready to settle down and Carolyn didnt require John. I just think she saw him as a person. She understood his renown, his luminary, and all of that. But I dont think it was a factor for her and who he was as a person.
“Even though he was who he was, I dont see Carolyn ever experienced inferior to him. And that is significant. She was independent and was her own person.
Still, the couple struggled to mantain their private life because the paparazzi loved to track them, Terenzio claimed.
I belief John was under the impression that once he got married, it would die down, she said. It would go away. You know, he wasnt this single, most eligible bachelor-at-arms anymore. And that they are able to make it a little bit less interesting for him. But it didnt. It actually intensified. The scrutiny on her, that intensified He was recognized as Americas lord and whos this daughter? How did she get him? And I conceive[ the press] were excavating to find some secret reasons for this was ‘the one.SSSS
The stress of tackling the media proved to be a challenge throughout their marriage.
I think it was twofold, said Terenzio. John had this big life. And simply that alone was difficult. There were a lot of social obligations, benevolence obligations. Then you had the magazine and the family. So I think that was a little objection. And I reckon obviously the media scrutiny no matter how much “theyre saying” she knew what she was get into, you dont know until youre in it. That was a huge adjustment for her.
“With John, he wasnt famous for something that he did … If he were an actor and he didnt want to be famous anymore, he had been able to stop behave. But he couldnt stop being John F. Kennedy Jr.
Carolyn was stressed by her husbands non-stop planned with George, together with the growing attention from pestering paparazzi when she decided not to attend the family wedding. Instead, she was hoping to take a break. Terenzio said she persuasion Carolyn to attend to avoid doubts being raised on any reported marital woes. Carolyn would go on that fatal flight, which haunted Terenzio for years.
It was very difficult, Terenzio admitted. It took hour in order to be allowed to get back up and figure out what I wanted to do next there was a lot of trial and error.
Terenzio chronicled her recollections with Kennedy in the 2012 memoir Fairy Tale Interrupted , which helped her cope. Today she is the founder of a publicity firm. And while Terenzios career continues to flourish, she still envisions of her friends and what could have been.
I dont think he seemed any pressure or felt any encumbrance[ to prosecute politics] because of his identify, she said. I think he saw it as a fortune of opportunity. And that he was very lucky. He “ve thought about it”. He surely talked about running for agency, but his priority was to attain George a success.