A&E Network has commissioned a new Biography special on John F. Kennedy Jr. from Left/Right.
Timed to celebrate the life of an American icon on the anniversary of his tragic death, this in-depth original documentary features comprehensive explorations of his life including never before-seen footage and exclusive interviews with those closest to him.
July 16, 2019 marks the 20-year anniversary of John F. Kennedy Jr.’s death. This two-hour documentary special, airing on the anniversary, reframes the last year of his life in an entirely new way. Inspired by Steven M. Gillon’s upcoming book, America’s Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr., this captivating special is the most substantive documentary to date and includes convincing new evidence regarding his political aspirations before his untimely death. This compelling documentary shines an unexpectedly poignant light on 1999, his last year, as he coped with the fatal illness of his closest friend and cousin, Anthony Radziwill, struggled to save his marriage and tried to rescue his political magazine, George.
With the guidance of historian and longtime friend Steven M. Gillon, along with never-before-seen footage and the recollections of Anthony Radziwill’s widow, Carole Radziwill who is speaking in-depth for the first time, a new story emerges. As the story unfolds, viewers are given a behind the scenes look at memorable moments in JFK Jr.’s life including his speech at the 1988 DNC convention with never-before-broadcast footage of Kennedy rehearsing for the event, exclusive stories and photos from his wedding, reflections on George and more.
The documentary also features extensive on-camera interviews with former US President Bill Clinton, former George publisher David Pecker, friend Gary Ginsberg, former assistant and close friend RoseMarie Terenzio as well as childhood friend Sasha Chermayeff.
Gillon has written a deeply researched, personal, surprising, and revealing portrait of the Kennedy heir. Among other new information, Gillon secured the first interview with Kennedy’s George business partner since the acrimonious dissolution of their partnership, and successfully sued the Secret Service to turn over hundreds of documents, offering a fascinating glimpse into Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s tense relationship with the men assigned to protect her son.
Dutton, imprint of Penguin Random House, is set to publish America’s Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr. by Steven M. Gillon on July 9, 2019.
Left/Right have produced several Biography specials for A&E including six-hour documentary series Biography: The Trump Dynasty, exploring the Trump family’s rise to power, which aired earlier this year and David Cassidy: The Last Session, which aired June 2018.
Biography: JFK Jr.-The Final Year is produced for A&E by Left/Right. Executive Producers from Left/Right are Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman and John Marks. Executive Producers for A&E are Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Abramson.
Biography: JFK Jr – The Final Year premieres Tuesday, July 16 at 9 PM et/pt in the US.