Barbara Piasecka Johnson Basia died this month – did you know that? She was always big new for me. No Polish jokes here. As a part- Polish American, this was a big point of pride in my family circle.
You know the story – young housemaid for older billiony billionaire. Cupid’s arrow. Marriage. Contruction of Jasna Polana, a luxurious 46,000sq ft mansion. Widowhood. Prolonged court battle initiated by muliti-millionaie adult children.
Here’s my beef: I am sick to death of reading constant references that she was a cook and a maid. She worked as a cook and a maid – it’s a fine distinction, I know but there is a difference. Before she came to this country, When she came to this country she had a masters degree in art history. Why don’t they use that for a description? It rankles.
Jasna Polana is a private golf club now. The 46,000 sq ft love nest they built is the club house and the open space around it is now a championship golf course. Crappy uninteresting golf clubs in NJ have membership fees that are out of sight for the average Joe (I don’t see this issue on Obama’s list of Things That Are Not Fair) but it doesn’t cost anything to drive by for a little look see. Which I plan to do. It’s only 5 miles from my son’s office. They do wedding receptions now, too.
Famous Ladies From The Past, Part 1 – Caroline Kennedy
Famous Ladies From The Past, Part 3 – Annette Funicello