Marion Mimi Beardsley Fahnestock Alford is a retired church administrator in NY. Mimi Alford was known as Mimi Beardsley when she was 19 and working as an intern in the White House. Marion Mimi Beardsley has decided it was time to let the cat out of the bag and break her silence on her experiences working in the White House under John F Kennedy.
Around 2003, or about 6 years ago, a newspaper called The Daily News wrote about Mimi Beardsley, or Marion Fahnestock. Beardsley is obviously the nickname for Marion. Beardsley became Fahnestock when she married after Kennedy’s assassination. That was after 1963. Fahnestock was an investment banker. Beardsley was divorced from Mr Fahnestock sometime later. Mr Fahnestock has since died in 1993.
Mimi Beardsley used the name Marion Fahnestock, worked for the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church and lived in Manhattan, NY. Beardsley confirmed she was involved in a sexual relationship with John F Kennedy from June 1962 to November 1963. Beardsley was 60 years old in 2003. Ms Fahnestock said she did not tell her parents nor children about her past affair with Kennedy.
Fast forward 6 years later, Ms Marion Fahnestock re-married. Her new husband is Richard Alford. Alford used to be a sports marketing executive. Marion Alford will be out in the open when she publishes her memoir called, “Once Upon A Secret”. This book has been purchased by Random House. Mrs Alford received a hefty advance with a rumored 7 figures. There is no fixed date for publication. Mrs Alford has a co-author to assist in her memoir.
Mimi Beardsley was schooled at Miss Porter’s School. That was a preparatory school that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis also attended. Mimi Beardsley was written about by a writer named Robert Dallek. Mr Dallek described Mimi Beardsley as a tall, slim and beautiful college sophomore working in the White House press office. Beardsley was described as having an affair with Kennedy. Dallek’s book is “An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy 1917-1963”.
Marion “Mimi” Beardsley in 1963 photo. Article in 2003.
Mimi Beardsley Alford retold her story of how she was only 19 years old, in 1962, when she started working in Washington. Mimi worked in the White House press office, as an intern. At that time and age, Mimi was called one of the “girls”. It was before feminism objected to the term “girls” as being sexist or discrimination. Mimi allegedly made such a good impression that she rose among the ranks and was presented to President Kennedy. Mimi and Kennedy supposedly had a relationship that lasted 18 months. Mimi felt isolated from the rest of the world as she was keeping a secret. She couldn’t talk about her relationship. After President Kennedy was assassinated, Mimi left the White House. She found that her experiences had a detrimental effect on her. Mimi tried to move on, but inwardly, her heart grieved for Kennedy. The man had a profound influence in her life. In spite of her secrecy, Mimi’s affair with Kennedy was known in the White House. In 2003, a biographer mentioned a college student who had been Kennedy’s secret girlfriend. Mimi was confronted by her past. She had tried to bury her past for 41 years, but it has finally caught up with her. Mimi Alford took stock of her life again. She slowly came to the decision to talk and tell her side of the story. She wanted the truth to be known, instead of reading third person stories about what happened in the past.
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