JFK Junior was the second child of JFK and Jackie Kennedy. His name as an American royalty circulated the media ever since his birth. In 1983 he enrolled in American History at Brown University. His grandfather, his father, uncles and sister, Caroline, had all previously chosen to attend Harvard University. John was the first one to break the family tradition. Then later in 1989 he graduated law school and worked at the Manhattan district attorney’s office.
In his junior year at Brown, John Jr. joined a 6-week program and tutored teens from low-income families. People who knew John always described him as humble, very down-to-Earth and adventure loving. In 1983 after finishing his studies in American History, John Jr. took some time off and flew to India. There he spent his time giving lessons to children in the Delhi’s slums. According to numerous close sources he wanted to pursue an interest in acting, but his mother, Jackie, who was a very influential figure in his life, was not impressed with the idea. John would deny those claims, calling acting “a hobby”.
John was also very charming and he always received lots of female attention. He dated Sarah Jessica Parker, Madonna and Daryl Hannah. In 1992 he eventually met his wife, Carolyn Bessette. Carolyn was a hard worker, she had worked her way to the top, going from a position in retail in a Calvin Klein store to becoming the publicist for their flagship store in Manhattan.
Carolyn did not like the spotlight, she never gave a single interview and in fact, was afraid for her safety. She and John started dating in 1994, two years after they first met. And in 1996 they organized a secret wedding ceremony with only 35 guests on Georgia’s Cumberland Island, away from the paparazzi. No photos from the event were ever published until 2019 when a close friend of John, shared his personal video footage. In it John could be seen giving a toast.
“Carolyn has changed my life in a way that I never thought was possible, and just made me, tonight, the happiest man alive.”
In September 1995 John changed directions and founded his own magazine “George”. It covered political analysis in an entertaining way. The project was ahead of its time and criticized at the time. On its first controversial cover “George” featured Cindy Crawford dressed up in a ruffled shirt as George Washington. John Jr. was not only a founder, he was also an editor-in-chief: conducting information first-hand and writing on his own. The project turned out to be low profitable so in 1999 he was actively attending meetings, looking for new investors.
JFK Junior and Carolyn Bessette are still frequently making headlines, they remain one of the most iconic NYC couples of all time. No other due was so interesting to the public in the late 1990’s.
The Last Days of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. Town&Country Magazine. 2019. Adrienne Gaffney.
Never-Before-Seen Footage of JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette’s Wedding to Air in a New Documentary. Town&Country Magazine. 2019. Chloe Foussianes.
JFK Jr.’s short life and daring choices: ‘Someone who lives in a cage, finding a way to escape’. ABC News. 2019. Allie Yang, Monica Delarosa and Alison Lynn.
John F. Kennedy, Jr. 2000 Elaine Landau.