- Posted November 1, 2015 by
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A Life With John Kennedy Jr. : Rosemarie Terenzio's Fairytale Interrupted
By Jayjay Epega : Feature originally put together exclusively for
The Luxury Channel
A Life With John Kennedy Jr. : RoseMarie Terenzio's Fairytale Interrupted
A man admired from near, a man admired from far. John Kennnedy Jr. was the dashing Prince of Camelot, a true heir to the fabled Kennedy throne, who lost his life all too early in 1999, leaving an unfulfilled destiny, an unfulfilled promise.
In his life time, anyone who was anyone in powerful circles wanted to be a part of the enigma that surrounded him, being the son of John Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy Onassis. One woman RoseMarie Terenzio was amongst a very few, who got to be an integral part of his life and after over ten years of his passing, she put together a moving, indeed heartbreaking book which reveals the story behind the legend simply called “Fairytale Interrupted”.
For five years, Bronx-born Terenzio worked for the iconic JFK Jr., she became his Personal Assistant and eventually Publicist at his magazine, George. She proved herself to be a model of loyalty, trustworthiness and discretion during her time in the job and even developed a strong friendship with his wife Carolyn Bessette, who she also adored. Their tragic accidental death in 1999 painfully and suddenly ended this cherished association. The book is a perfect and fitting tribute.
I was delighted to talk to her for this very exclusive interview :
Could you tell us bit about your background?
I grew up in The Bronx in New York City in a loud Italian household. My parents worked two jobs each, but we never had much money. I have three older sisters, and my great-grandmother and grandmother lived with us. Only ONE bathroom! We didn't have much but we were a very close family and my parents gave us so much more than we needed.
When did you decide to write a book about this unique life experience and how long did it take to pull it all together?
When my Mom passed away, I felt that this book would be a tribute to her. I had an incredible experience working beside John, and my mother gave me everything I needed to be in that situation and thrive. I wanted to honor my parents as much as I wanted to honor John. I think the book gives readers insight into my parents and shows that, in spite of their faults, they were incredible parents and people.
What did you learn that has helped you in your career working for John?
John would always say, "Nothing is as good or as bad as it seems in the moment." I try to use that as a guide.
What are your abiding memories of George Magazine?
George was THE place to be at that time. It was new and exciting, and we were doing something no one had ever attempted - a magazine combining politics and pop culture. It was interesting and fun. There was something new to learn about every day. I remember never wanting to miss anything, My best memories are brainstorming cover subjects with Matt Berman in his office, narrowing them down, and bringing our top 3 or 4 in to John.
"There goes my hero. He's ordinary" : My Hero by The Foo Fighters, from 1997 is a featured quote in your book. Music plays such a powerful role, in memory, in life, - what songs remind you of the time (was this one of them? )
Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alanis Morrisette, Stone Temple Pilots, Fiona Apple, Oasis - this music always brings me back to that time.
That line from the Foo Fighters song was definitely for John but also for my Dad. That song will always remind me of both of them.
Who would you cast in a movie adaptation of your book?
I truly can't think of anyone who could capture John's essence in it's entirety which is why I would cast an unknown actor. The rest of the cast changes all the time but for Carolyn, I could definitely see Angelina Jolie capturing Carolyn!
Marisa Tomei would be my DREAM to play me.
Is there something we would be surprised to learn? What were the challenges working for such a high profile figure?
It was challenging to sometimes be the only person John and Carolyn would confide in. While it was certainly an honor and a privilege, it was difficult to be so isolated.
Regarding John and Carolyn, how would you most like them to be remembered? What would you say was their lasting legacy?
For John, it would be his honor, his character, and his foresight and accomplishments with George (Huff post, Daily Beast)
For Carolyn, it would be her compassion her
friendship and of course, her style.
Important bonus Question! : You are now a well respected Publicist, Writer, Speaker and a truly inspirational figure, how can readers discover more about you and your work?
You can reach out via the website, Instagram, Twitter.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/RoseMarie-Terenzio/e/B005JGQLLC
Book Link: http://www.fairytaleinterrupted.com/