Intern Who Had Affair With Kennedy To Write Book

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Love, Heartbreak

40 years later a retired church administrator comes clean about her White House romance with JFK.

If you haven't heard, Monica was not the first. A few years ago, a biography on John F. Kennedy was released that included mention of an 18-month-long affair between a White House intern, Mimi Beardsley Alford, and the president. At the time, New York's Daily News found the woman, Ms. Alford (known then as Marion Fahnestock), to be living in Manhattan and working on Fifth Avenue as a church administrator.

After Alford made a brief statement to confirm that she had in fact been engaged in a sexual relationship with Kennedy, there were no more peeps from her. Until recently, when Motoko Rich for the New York Times reported that Alford, now retired, is writing a memoir that will soon be released by Random House.

Titled, Once Upon A Secret, Executive Editor for Random House, Susan Mercandetti told the Times that the book is not going to be a tell-all text dripping with juicy lovefest details. Rather, the memoir will describe Alford's life before she entered the White House as an intern, while she was an intern (during which time she allegedly had an affair with Kennedy from June 1962 to November 1963) and what it was like keeping silent about the extra-marital relationship all the years after she left the White House. Cheating Myths Debunked

Alford, now 66,  was a 19-year-old college student working at the White House press office when she entered into a relationship with JFK, reports Rich, adding that Alford had attended Miss Porter's School, the prep school also attended by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Readers: What's your take on the interns/infidelity link?