|Carole DiFalco Radziwill|
1963 (age 50–51)
|Notable credit(s)||What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship and Love|
|Spouse(s)||Anthony Radziwill (1994–1999 deceased)|
Early life and education
The daughter of a restaurant cook, Carole grew up in Suffern, New York. Her parents opened a restaurant called DiFalcos where her mother waitressed at nights and on weekends. She earned a B.A. at Hunter College and an M.B.A. at New York University.
Radziwill began her news career at ABC in New York in 1986 as an intern in postproduction for 20/20, a news magazine show. She was later assigned to "Close Up" as a production secretary. She eventually worked for Peter Jennings's documentary unit, producing shows on abortion and gun control, and covering foreign policy stories in Cambodia, Haiti, and India.
In 1991, Radziwill was stationed in Israel and reported on the SCUD missile attacks during the Gulf War. In 2003, during the War on Afghanistan, she spent six weeks in Khandahar, embedded with an infantry unit of the 101st Airborne Division. She produced segments for an ABC-TV show called Profiles From the Frontline. She has won several awards, including three Emmys, one for a story she produced on land mines in Cambodia, and a Peabody.
After her husband's death, Radziwill left ABC News to write a memoir about her childhood, her career at ABC News, as well as her effort to manage her husband's cancer. What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship and Love (Scribner, 2005) made the New York Times Best Seller list. A review of the book in the New York Times called it a "bittersweet account" that emphasized "graciousness over disclosure."
In 2006, Radziwill signed with Glamour magazine to write a monthly column called "Lunch Date". Her Lunch Dates have included former mayor Rudy Giuliani, and Hollywood actors Antonio Banderas, Rachel Weisz, and Alec Baldwin.
She sold her first novel, The Widow's Guide to Sex & Dating, in a high six-figure deal to Holt Publishing. It was released on February 11, 2014. She is in development to produce Widow's Guide as a TV series. Her third book – a yet untitled collection of essays – is due out Spring 2014.
On August 27, 1994, she married fellow ABC News producer Anthony Radziwill in East Hampton, New York. Radziwill was the only son of Prince Stanislas Radziwill of Poland by his wife, Lee Bouvier (younger sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis). Through this marriage, Carole is customarily accorded the title princess, although she rarely uses it. Anthony Radziwill died on August 10, 1999 at age forty after a five-year battle with cancer.
Radziwill was a close friend of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, who was married to her husband's cousin, John F. Kennedy, Jr.. Kennedy, Bessette-Kennedy, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, perished in an airplane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard less than four weeks before her husband's death. The trio had been flying to Martha's Vineyard to join the Radziwills. Carole alerted the Coast Guard when they didn't arrive.
- "Once upon a time" (PDF). Vogue. September 2005. p. 348. "Radziwill seems young for 41"
- "And Then There Was One...". People. October 10, 2005. "Radziwill, 42"
- Mulkerrins, Jane (31 August 2013). "The widow's guide to princes and presidents: Manhattan 'royalty' Carole Radziwill on true love, tragedy and taking new opportunities". Daily Mail UK.
- Bernstein, Jacob (June 4, 2012). "Carole Radziwill on the ‘Real Housewives,’ Kennedys, and More". Daily Beast. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
- Radziwill, Carole. What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love. Scribner 2005. pp. 63–64. ISBN 0739458736.
- Curry, Stormy (March 5, 2014). "Carole Radziwill: How I Am On Camera Is How I Am Off Camera". KTTV FOX 11. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
- Kantor, Jodi (October 30, 2005). "Ask Not – New York Times Book Review". The New York Times.
- Radziwill, Carole (October 30, 2005). "What Remains, Prologue". Republished with permission by The New York Times.
- "Lunch date with Rudolph Giuliani". Glamour. August 1, 2006.
- "This Guy Loves Women - Lunch date with Antonio Banderas". Glamour. September 3, 2007.
- "Lunch date with Rachel Weisz". Glamour. October 1, 2006.
- "Lunch date with Alec Baldwin". Glamour. January 1, 2007.
- The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating | Carole Radziwill | Macmillan
- "Chronicle". New York Times. August 29, 1994.