Thursday, January 20, 2022

Books & Brews: ‘Jackie’s Girl, My Life With the Kennedy Family’

On Friday, March 8th at 10 AM, local author, Kathy McKeon will present her recently released memoir in Rose Hall at the Marco Island Library. The doors will open at 9:30 AM and refreshments will be served. Admission is free and the author will offer both hard copy ($20) and paperback ($15) versions of her book at the conclusion of her presentation.

The fourth of eight children, Kathy McKeon was a 19-year-old Irish immigrant, newly arrived in New York City, when Jacqueline Kennedy hired her as a personal assistant in 1964 nine months after JFK’s assassination. It was through a cousin who was a policeman and had contacts with one of Jackie’s Secret Service agents that connected Kathy with the job.

When Kathy arrived to work, the Kennedy family was still grieving over the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. Although Jackie did not talk of it and Kathy never saw her cry openly, she wore “widow’s black” whenever going out. McKeon also noted that “Madam,” as she was hired to call Mrs. Kennedy, had little appetite and was very thin at that time. Kathy said she earned the title of “Jackie’s Girl” from Rose Kennedy.

McKeon became a trusted employee, helping to raise young Caroline and John and witnessing life from inside the fabled apartment at 1040 Fifth Avenue.

For over five decades, McKeon never spoke publicly of her experience. Now the mother of three and grandmother has written a memoir, “Jackie’s Girl, My Life with the Kennedy Family.”

There are many behind the scene secrets that Kathy will share in her presentation about her memoir. She and Jackie became very close friends and she remained in contact with the Kennedy family well after Jackie’s death. You won’t want to miss this interesting presentation.

The Books & Brews and other annual events are planned by the Friends of the Marco Island Library Board. The Marco Island Library is located at 210 S. Heathwood Drive. For more information call 239-394-3272.

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