|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)|
Personal life and education
Radziwill was born to a working class, Italian-American family. She earned a B.A. at Hunter College, an MBA at New York University, and was a finalist for the John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University.
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). He 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. Bessette-Kennedy and Kennedy Jr. perished in an airplane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard less than four weeks before her husband's death.
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.
In 2011, Radziwill joined the cast of Bravo TV's The Real Housewives of New York City in season 5.
She sold her first novel, The Widows Guide to Sex & Dating, in a high six figure deal to Holt Publishing. It will be released February 11, 2014. She is in development to produce Widows Guide as a TV series. Her third book – a yet untitled collection of essays – is due out Spring 2014.
- "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"
- "Their deaths brought me to my knees". The Telegraph. October 25, 2005. "She came from lower middle class parents who struggled to make ends meet, and whose large Italian-American family loved "cheap wine, cigarettes, barbecues and loud laughter""
- "Chronicle". New York Times. August 29, 1994.
- What Remains, p. 63-64.
- Kantor, Jodi (October 30, 2005). "Ask Not – New York Times Book Review". The New York Times.
- Radziwill, Carole (October 30, 2005). "What Remains, 1st Chapter". 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.