Skip to comments.Paramour of Kennedy Is Writing a Book (JFK's intern)
Posted on 05/23/2009 10:33:58 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies
Mimi Beardsley Alford, a retired New York church administrator who had an affair with John F. Kennedy while she was an intern in the White House, is breaking a silence of more than 40 years to tell her story in a memoir to be published by Random House.
Ms. Alfords secret was initially divulged six years ago when a biography of Kennedy was published with portions from a 1964 oral history that described the presidents 18-month sexual affair with a young intern named Mimi Beardsley. The Daily News tracked her down and discovered that she was Marion Fahnestock, who was divorced, working for the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church and living in Manhattan. At the time, she gave a short statement confirming that she was involved in a sexual relationship with Kennedy from June 1962 to November 1963.
Ms. Alford, 66, who in the years since the disclosure had married Richard Alford, a former sports marketing executive, has not spoken about her affair since the statement. Before that, she had not even told her parents or her children. Now she is working on a memoir, to be titled Once Upon a Secret, about the consequences of hiding such an explosive past for so long.
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I would imagine she needs the money now.
Mimi Beardsley in 1963
Well, actually ... that sounds about right.
she appears to be younger than monica...
That is so last century
It’s too bad Mary Jo K. cant write her biography.
At the age of 19 she was one of a harem of young girls hired by the press office principally to be at the president's disposal. She was flown around the country on air force planes so that she was on hand for JFK on his travels.
She was even spotted crouching in his limousine during the president's 1962 summit with Harold Macmillan in the Bahamas, where the two leaders discussed British use of the Polaris nuclear missile.
The press aide, Barbara Gamarekian, described life in JFK's White House to a researcher in 1964, but referred to the intern only as Mimi, and asked for the section about her to be kept secret.
She said Mimi had gone to the same exclusive girls' college as Jacqueline Kennedy and was editor of the college paper when she came to White House in 1961 to write a profile of the first lady. Mrs Kennedy was too busy to see her, but "apparently the president did meet her on this visit", Mrs Gamarekian said. "He had more time than Mrs Kennedy."
On the president's instructions, the White House press office hired Ms Beardsley despite her evident lack of qualifications. "Mimi had no skills. She couldn't type," Mrs Gamarekian said. "She could answer the phone and she could handle messages and things but she was not really a great asset to us."
Nevertheless, the 19-year old ingenue was one of a group of girls that was invited to pool parties and went on presidential trips. "We all went on trips one time or another, but Mimi, who obviously couldn't perform any function at all, made all the trips," Mrs Gamarekian said.
What is it that infects the RAT presidents when it comes to using and abusing interns? When will we read that Hussein has the same problem? Does anyone know how many female interns are now awaiting their turn at fame and fortune, later publishing their “memoires” of their “exciting experiences” at the WH? Both JFK and WJC had priapus non-interruptus while in the Oval Office and should be remembered that way—as pure scoundrels.
This oughta be good enough fodder for other presidents to claim only the bad boys make the best presidents.
Kennedy was a slimeball. Camelot my ass..., more like Peyton Place.
Why would anyone care to read about it anyway!
According to sources I have read or talked to, Kennedy slept with at least a couple of different women every day. He had a bad case of satyriasis.
So, we could have quite a few of these memoirs if they all decided to open up about it. In fact, it’s rather surprising that no one has done this before.
they are remembered that way (in my household at least). how did you know i wasn't talking about monica smith, or jones? ;^)
Miss Porter’s School is not a college. It is an exclusive college preparatory school for girls. In other words a high school (although private and primarily for rich and upper middle class young women living the east coast trying to get into the “best” east coast colleges”.
At 19, she was. Monica was a late 20 when her affair with Clinton began.
Does she still have the blue dress? We need DNA proof.
He took steroids for his Addison’s Disease. I think an increased sex drive is one of the side effects.
I guess her mother and father’s strict upbringing of warnings against sleeping with married men didn’t sink into to well!
Since the girl was 19, I thought she might have been at Sweetbriar or Vassar when recruited.
JF'nK: "Interns, young man, interns. Ask not what you can do for them; ask them to do for you!"
Now, if this story involved Limbaugh or McCain it mite have legs, OTW nothing here, move on. RATS
Since The Age is an Australian paper, I can only speculate that they aren't familiar with New England prep schools.
That may just be the funniest thing I’ve ever seen on FR. LOL.
That’s about it.
Nice pearl necklace she’s sporting.
Mrs Kennedy was too busy to see her, but “apparently the president did meet her on this visit”, Mrs Gamarekian said. “He had more time than Mrs Kennedy.”
Mrs Kennedy was kept busy polishing that Camelot smokescreen while JFK did the deeds that kept her busy.
Jackie thought it was a "power mower" that Jack was riding every weekend.
She looks like Jackie. Given the timeframe, no wonder Marilyn Monroe was PO’ed at Jack especially when she left her film, flew to NY, wore that tightfitting sequined dress and say “Happy Birthday, Mr. President!” And Bobby stepped in and took off where Jack left off with Marilyn. Bobby was the consolation prize. The question is: whose underwear did Jackie find in the couch? Mimi’s, Marilyn’s, Judi’s (Exner) or Jackie’s? Remember the statement from Jack to the Brits:
“Once he (Jack) startled two proper Britons, Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and Foreign Minister R.A.B. Butler, during a 1962 conference in Nassau by casually confiding that if he went too long without a woman, he suffered severe headaches.”
A gem indeed. So often the quips here are simply untoppable.
Obama would probably use male interns.
Harry was a randy bird, wasn't he ?
I think she is dressed like Jackie but to me Jackie was much more interesting looking.
They upheld American greatness by incorporating both the Eastern concept of a "harem" with the European monarchy idea of "droit du seigneur" - the ability of the king to sleep with whomever he wanted.
Gee, maybe Monica will write a book 40 years from now.
Sounds like our presi_ent, who was an editor and can't write.
As they say, good enough for government work.
The Canoodlin' Mistress Crisis.
har har! roflmao! good one.
While not doubting your word or your sources, I do have to ask how Kennedy could have done so when his medical condition(s) apparently were quite severe. See this article
Your tag line is a scream although I wish it were not true.
Judith Campbell Exner said Jack was there to be "serviced", in other words BJs just like Billy Jeff.
“Boys Nation” my A$$. More like pervert’s nation. Go screw on your own time, not on my time clock and the rest of the peoples.
And as a result she would be more likely to be eagerly available to "service" JFK whenever he decided he was in the mood. Much like Monica. A beautiful woman would have more pride (and better options).