‘It was in the days before i Phones and Instagram, and we were not a family that took a lot of pictures,’ she shrugs.
Indeed, the latter pair were prized paparazzi fodder and spent their time trying to dodge long lenses.
She has now turned her talents to fiction with her first novel The Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating – There is nothing remotely housewife-like about Carole, however, when we meet at her apartment in Manhattan’s well-heeled West Village.
In a black satin robe with CRD (Carole Radziwill Di Falco – her maiden name) embroidered on the breast pocket, she perches on a vast tiger-print-covered sofa, which, she tells me, was custom-made for her mother-in-law Lee Radziwill, sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
was aware that Anthony had been diagnosed with testicular cancer, which had left him infertile.
‘I knew that he couldn’t have kids, and that wasn’t in any way a deal-breaker for me,’ she says.
Along with her mother Helen, Carole waitressed in the restaurant, before graduating to the customer service department of Caldor, the local department store.
‘I knew I wanted to get out of my small town and see the world,’ she says.‘There’s nothing wrong with small towns, but that just wasn’t the life that I wanted as an adult.’City, and was in her final year, considering applying to be a flight attendant, when, in January 1986, the Challenger space shuttle exploded 73 seconds into takeoff from Cape Canaveral.‘I remember so clearly watching it happen, on the little 13-inch television in my parents’ kitchen,’ she says.But three months later, The cycle became an exhausting one of fresh tumours and surgeries to remove them.‘And then the cancer metastasised [spread] outside the lung.‘That was the moment when I thought, “I don’t want to be here, I want to be there, finding out exactly what is going on.” I wanted to tell the stories, not simply watch them.’Was she ever scared?