In both biographies, colleagues remember Mrs. Onassis's small office, her big glasses, and her hair smelling of cigarettes. The editorial tastes of the woman who lodged her husband's legend in Camelot ran to cultural histories of court life, the power and mechanics of myth, biographies of unconventional women and civil rights heroes, coffee-table books celebrating past gilded ages and books on dance. She got her Martha's Vineyard neighbor Carly Simon to write children's books. She signed up Michael Jackson's "Moonwalk," which proved a headache, and a best seller.
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