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More about the Onassis-Jackie-Callas love triangle

27 October 2014 / 18:10:36  GRReporter
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Christopher Andersen's book "The Good Son" (in the press), where the author mentions John F. Kennedy Junior and his mother Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, sheds more light on the dark side of the Maria Callas-Aristotle Onassis-Jacqueline Kennedy love triangle.

Excerpts published by the author reveal previously unknown details about the relationship between Onassis and Jackie, describing the nature of the Greek shipping magnate who was called "eurotrash" by the Kennedy family.
According to statements made in the book, two men had left their mark on Jackie after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, namely the former President’s brother, Robert Kennedy, and Aristotle Onassis.

After the death of Robert Kennedy, Onassis wasted no time. Five minutes after the announcement of Robert’s death, the Greek called his friend Kostas Gratsos in Athens and told him, "She got rid of those Kennedys. The last link in the chain is broken."

Continuous unfaithfulness

As Anderson states in his book, Onassis had never ceased dating opera singer Maria Callas. To the contrary, he continued to meet with her after his wedding with Jackie, not making any effort to hide his parallel relationship with the two women, thus humiliating Jackie before the people around her, who in turn were never able to accept the Greek billionaire. "I am f@@king Maria Callas, I am f@@king Jackie Kennedy and I am f@@king rich", these were the three things that Americans knew about Onassis, according to the book.

Jackie on the island of Skorpios, Onassis in Athens-Paris

According to Andersen, after his wedding to Jackie, Onassis left her on the island of Skorpios, and he himself constantly travelled between Athens and Paris. Feeling abandoned, Jackie sent a letter to former Deputy Secretary of Defence Roswell Gilpatric, writing that she hoped he knew what he meant to her.

Onassis knew about the letter, he returned to the island of Skorpios and spent three passionate weeks with Jackie. Then, while Jackie was completely satisfied, the shipping magnate began bombarding Maria Callas with loads of flowers and phone calls. The opera diva gave up when the Greek tycoon appeared in her flat in Paris and threatened to crash his Mercedes in the front door of her home. So, they began to meet regularly again. "They met one month before her death. The truth is that Maria Callas was Aristotle Onassis’ only true love. She was his true wife, though they never married," says Onassis’ driver Yiakinto Rossa.

Although Maria Callas had never left Onassis’ life, the cracks in his marriage to Jackie Kennedy were the result of his lack of discretion, and in particular, after the letters of the former first lady of the United States to the former Deputy Secretary of Defence had fallen into his hands.

As noted by Andersen in his book, the fact that Jackie, a woman who had just spent 60 thousand dollars of his own money (now around 500,000 dollars) for 200 pairs of shoes, humiliated him before the world was something that the male Onassis could not bear.


So began the vengeance. On 21 May 1970, Onassis freely had dinner with Maria Callas in a restaurant in Paris, doing his best for the photographers to perpetuate that moment.

The next morning Jackie called her husband, as the news was the headline of all media. It took the former first lady of the United States only 24 hours to find herself in Paris and have dinner with Onassis in the same restaurant where the Greek tycoon had been with Maria Callas two nights earlier.

Three days later, Jackie returned to Athens, where she spent thousands of dollars on hand-woven carpets. Meanwhile, Callas was admitted to hospital in Paris because, as soon as she heard that Onassis had had dinner with Jackie, she made ​​a suicide attempt and took a large amount of sleeping pills. The opera diva did however survive and soon took her place again with Onassis.

Onassis made ​​the paparazzi take pictures of naked Jackie on Skorpios island

In his book, Andersen reveals another amazing fact, namely that the pictures of naked Jackie on Skorpios island were circulated with the knowledge of Onassis.

According to the American writer, the whole event was organized by the Greek tycoon who gave the paparazzi a map of the island, and even told them when his wife went to the beach.


Jackie did not know that her husband was hiding behind all this and even asked him to sue the paparazzi. Instead, Onassis went to his lawyer to ask for a divorce by agreeing to give Jackie one million dollars more than the amount stated in their prenuptial agreement. "This is all that she will take, not a cent more", he said.

Tags: Jackie KennedyAristotle OnassisMaria CallasLove triangleChristopher AndersenBook
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