Ari & Jackie Onassis: Their “Blended” Family Adapts in Rare Photos (Part 3)

Ari and Jackie Onassis at home in Greece. As much as she was able to control his schedule, Jackie Onassis resisted inviting too many guests for too long a time to Skorpios, and usually did so only when she knew her husband would be away from her for an extended period. Christina and Alexander Onassis arrive at the Athens airport, their father talking to the drive behind them. Her stepson and stepdaughter, Alex and Christina Onassis would drop in frequently but as young adults more often than not preferred to spend their time among their young European crowd in the south of France, London or New York. It wasn’t that Onassis didn’t love his children; problems came from his never expressing it and his tyranny towards them. (viewimages.com) While Alex and Christina Onassis have always been depicted as hating their stepmother, it wasn’t a matter of particularly disliking Jackie Kennedy as much as that their father’s remarriage forever ended their hope he’d someday remarry their mother Tina Livanos. They had resented their father’s mistress Maria Callas with equal intensity. Another ignored factor was that Alex Onassis had begun to display an open hostility towards his father before his marriage to Jackie Kennedy, a resentment of Ari’s intense control to groom him as heir to all of his many business interests. Christina Onassis (seen here with her father during his wedding reception) was less hostile to her new stepmother. And yet, as pictures show, Alex also had many times he got on just fine with his father and stepmother, even joining them for an Athens nightclub bash in Athens that Ari hosted for Jackie’s 40th birthday. Onassis listens to his son Alexander at anightclub. Of course, pictures don’t reveal what was widely reported as his outright nasty treatment of “the American” as he called his stepmother behind her back. While Alex Onassis refused to acknowledge Jackie when they were forced to sit at the same table, he never openly belittled her. In contrast, he told his own mother he would never see or speak to her again, after she married Stavros

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