Lee Radziwill, the younger sister of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and mother-in-law of "Real Housewives of New York City" alum Carole Radziwill, has died at age 85.
The American socialite, born Caroline Lee Bouvier, worked briefly as an actress (promoted by her friend Truman Capote), an interior designer and most successfully, as a brand ambassador and public relations executive for Giorgio Armani, according to Women's Wear Daily.
Lee Radziwell's most iconic fashion moments
Lee Radziwell's most iconic fashion moments
Portrait of American Princess Lee Radziwill, sister of Jaqueline Kennedy, sitting on a couch, 1960s (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images).
Our 1941 file picture shows: Mrs. Lee Bouvier, center, and two daughters, Lee, left, and Jacqueline, right, walking down East Hampton and One Gracie Square, N.Y.C. (AP-Photo)
Sen. John Kennedy, D-Mass., and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, watch as her sister, Mrs. Lee Bouvier Canfield, holds their 15-day-old daughter during her christening in St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City on Dec. 13, 1957. At left is the senator's brother, Robert Kennedy, acting as godfather. Third from left is Stephen Smith, the senator's brother-in-law. Boston's archbishop Richard Cushing christened the baby, named Caroline.. (AP Photo)
Actor Farley Granger and actress Lee Bouvier, better known as Princess Lee Radziwill, Jackie Kennedy’s sister, are pictured in a scene from the new David Susskin television production Laura, being filmed in London, on Oct 26, 1967. The production also stars Robert Stack and George Sanders, goes out on American television in December. (AP Photo)
Young Jacqueline Bouvier Standing by Caroline Lee Bouvier in Baby Carriage
Mrs. John F. Kennedy and her sister Mrs. Michael T. Canfield, formerly Jacqueline and Lee Bouvier, seated in chairs that are back to back. Jacqueline Kennedy wears a striped sweater set and Lee Canfield (later, Radziwill) wears a white sweater set. (Photo by Horst P. Horst/Conde Nast via Getty Images)
The Bouvier sisters, Mrs. John F. Kennedy (nee Jacqueline Bouvier) and Mrs. Michael Canfield (nee Caroline Lee Bouvier), at the Franco-American Ball, the Waldorf Astoria, New York City. (Photo by Nick De Morgoli/Condé Nast via Getty Images)
Jacqueline Bouvier (later Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis), seated, with her sister Caroline Lee Bouvier, standing behind her, wearing ball gowns. (Photo by Cecil Beaton/Condé Nast via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - OCTOBER 01: Jacqueline Bouvier (future Jackie Kennedy) and her sister Caroline Lee Bouvier (Lee Radziwill) in Venice, 1951 (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED : Caroline Lee Bouvier (Lee Radziwill) and her sister Jacqueline Bouvier (future Jackie Kennedy) on september 15, 1951 on boat to come back in USA after their travel in Europe (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)
10th August 1962: Princess Lee Radziwill, the sister of Jackie Kennedy, with her young son Anthony Radziwill (1959 - 1999) in Ravello. Prince Radziwill is walking behind his wife on the right. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Lee Radziwill (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
(Original Caption) The First Lady of the land, Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy, and her sister, Princess Lee Radziwill (right), leave the Hotel Carlyle here, March 20th, to attend a social function. Mrs. Kennedy is in town for a few days to do some shopping and possibly buy some antiques for the White House.
(Original Caption) Prince and Princess Stanislaus Radziwill, (President Kennedy's brother-in-law) board their plane for London here. The Princess was in New York to spend four days with her sister, Mrs. Kennedy, shopping and attending the ballet.
Second day of the visit of American President John F Kennedy and his wife Jackie to London, England. The President and his wife leave the London home of Princess Lee Radziwill, Jackie Kennedy's sister, for the christening of the First lady's niece Anna Christina Radziwill. 5th June 1961. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
Jackie Kennedy and Princess Lee Radziwill walk through the streets of London.
A portrait of Princess Lee Radziwill, voted among the World's Best Dressed Women for 1962 in the annual International Fashion Poll.
(Original Caption) Spain: Jackie Kennedy is shown at the Pier of Amalfi, en route to Conca dei Marini beach via motorboat and then back from Amalfi to Ravello Villa.
First Lady Jackie Kennedy goes to a performance of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Alvin Theater in New York. She is accompanied by Clayton Fritshie, Prince Stanislas Radziwill, and Princess Lee Radziwill, her sister. | Location: Alvin Theater, New York, New York, USA.
Princess Lee Radziwill, sister of Jacqueline Kennedy, with her children Anthony and Anna Christina arriving for the Children's Dancing Matinee at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London, July 9th 1965. (Photo by George Freston/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Lee Radziwill at Truman Capote BW Ball on November 28, 1966 in New York, New York. (Photo by Santi Visalli/Getty Images)
Lee Radziwill in the Turquerie Room of her London home, leaning over stone lion's head statue. (Photo by Cecil Beaton/Condé Nast via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 28: Lee Radziwill posing for a photo on November 28, 1966 in New York, New York. (Photo by Santi Visalli/Getty images)
Princess Lee Radziwill (Lee Bouvier) sister of Jacqueline Kennedy in London's Savoy Hotel. She is in England to play the title role in a TV film, 'Laura' produced by David Susskind. (Photo by Dennis Oulds/Getty Images)
Princess Lee Radziwill wearing a tweeded skirt, allowing her feet some breathing air while resting on top of the wooden desk shelf in her room. (Photo by Pierre Boulat/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Truman Capote's Trilogy -- Princess Lee Radziwill attended a screening of Truman Capote's Trilogy, At the four seasons. Later on she reminisced with Capote at a reception following the screening. November 07, 1969. (Photo by William N. Jacobellis/New York Post/Photo Archives, LLC via Getty Images)
Lee Radziwill and Jackie Onassis during Sighting After Leaving Performance at Alvin Theatre - May 11, 1970 at Alvin Theatre in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Portrait of Princess Lee Radziwill in front of mirror at the Turville Grange near Buckinghamshire, England. (Photo by Horst P. Horst/Condé Nast via Getty Images)
Lee Radziwill (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Lee Radziwill and Peter Tufo during 'Kennedy's Children' Opening at Royale Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Lee Radziwill (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Socialites Lee Radziwell and Jean Tailert attending 'Pierre Cardin Party' on October 6, 1980 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - DECEMBER 3: Lee Radziwell attends First Annual Guild Awards on December 3, 1985 at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 11: Lee Radziwill and Herb Ross attend 'Women and Men - Stories of Seduction' Screening on August 11, 1990 at the East Hampton Cinema in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
P364701 01: (EXCLUSIVE) Lee Radziwill on Madison Avenue in New York City, February 17, 2000. (photo by Arnaldo Magnani)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 20: (ITALY OUT, NY DAILY NEWS OUT, NY NEWSDAY OUT) Lee Rayziwill, sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, stands on Madison Avenue October 20, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
Prince Wenceslas of Liechenstein and Princess Lee Radziwill at Sean Connery And Micheline Roquebrune 30 Year Anniversary Party At Chateau De Groussay . (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 18: (ITALY OUT, NY DAILY NEWS OUT, NEWSDAY OUT) Lee Radziwill is seen walking on Madison Avenue on November 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 11: Lee Radziwill attends the kick-off dinner for Lighthouse International's POSH Fashion sale at the Oak Room on May 11, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
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The slender and elegant Radziwill was a fixture on the New York social scene in the 1960s and 1970s and attended Capote's famous Black and White Ball dressed in a silver and white sparkly column dress, one of her signature style choices.
Her purchases in New York and Paris were closely followed closely and reported by the fashion press and she reportedly snuck Givenchy into the White House for her sister during a time when it was verboten to wear anything but American designers.
The daughter of Janet Norton Lee and John Vernou "Black Jack" Bouvier III, she was considered "the pretty one" next to her older sister Jackie and quickly became a style icon among the jet set. She was married three times: first to Michael Canfield, in a marriage that was annulled, next to real estate developer and aristocrat, Prince Stanislas "Stas" Radziwill, with whom she had two children, Anthony and Anna Christina, and finally to director Herb Ross. Her second and third marriages both ended in divorce, and her son died of cancer in 1999, shortly after the death of her nephew, John F. Kennedy Jr., in a plane crash.
Designers and those in the fashion world paid tribute to the style icon, including Tory Burch who tweeted: "We are heartbroken and I will miss our dear friend. Rest in Peace, Lee Radziwill."
In the accompanying photo, which was featured in T Magazine, Radziwill is pictured in her Paris apartment, but she also kept a home in New York City, where she passed away on Friday.
Radziwill will be remembered as a fashionable, witty and elegant woman who embodied the fashion-forward excitement of her era.
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