Inga Arvad
Danish newspaper reporter and gossip columnist
Inga Arvad
Inga Arvad was a Danish journalist, noted for a romantic relationship with John F. Kennedy during 1941 and 1942 and for being Adolf Hitler's companion at the 1936 Summer Olympics. She was born Inga Maria Petersen but changed her name in 1931. She was a motion picture writer for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1945 and a Hollywood gossip columnist.
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Türkiye siyaseti artık kasetlerin gölgesinde - Radikal (Basın Bildirisi)
Google News - almost 6 years
Kennedy, Monroe dışında bugün 79 yaşında olan aktris Angie Dickinson, Danimarkalı gazeteci Inga Arvad, striptizci Blaze Star, dönemin ünlü mafya babalarından Sam Giancana'nın metresi Judith Exner Campbell ile Beyaz Saray sekreterleri Priscilla Weir ve
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TV Weekend; More on John F. Kennedy, With Patrick Dempsey
NYTimes - over 23 years
In his book "J. F. K.: Reckless Youth," the British biographer Nigel Hamilton tears into the Irish-American Kennedy family with a ferocity that a Boston Brahmin of the 1920's might have envied. They are portrayed as vulgar poseurs. Joe, the patriarch, is an unscrupulous businessman and a coward. His wife, Rose, is little more than a coldly pious
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Books of The Times; A Daunting Father, A Brother's Shadow
NYTimes - about 24 years
J. F. K. Reckless Youth By Nigel Hamilton Illustrated. 898 pages. Random House. $30. The outline of John Fitzgerald Kennedy's early years is well known to most Americans: the love-hate relationship with his domineering father, Joseph P. Kennedy; the privileged childhood in Boston and New York; the years of academic promise at Harvard; the harrowing
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The Senior G-Man David M. Oshinsky is a professor of history at Rutgers University and the author of "A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy." By David M. Oshinsky
NYTimes - over 25 years
J. EDGAR HOOVER The Man and the Secrets. By Curt Gentry. Illustrated. 846 pp. New York: W. W. Norton. $29.95. FROM THE SECRET FILES OF J. EDGAR HOOVER Edited by Athan Theoharis. 370 pp. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee. $24.95. Shortly after his election victory in 1968, Richard Nixon made a most traditional move. Following the lead of every incoming President
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  • 1973
    Age 60
    Inga Arvad died of cancer on a ranch near Nogales, Arizona in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details She was survived by her husband (McCoy) and their two sons.
  • 1946
    Age 33
    In January 1946 David O. Selznick sent Arvad on a tour of twenty-five to thirty American cities to promote Duel in the Sun.
    More Details Hide Details She was accompanied by Anita Colby, Florence Pritchett, and Laura Wells.
    Arvad married American actor Tim McCoy in 1946 and became a U.S. citizen.
    More Details Hide Details She and McCoy had two sons, Ronald and Terence. Tim McCoy met Inga Arvad when he was making a film short shot on an American Indian reservation. McCoy and Arvad resided on a estate in Bucks County, Pennsylvania named Dolington Manor. McCoy moved there after selling his Wyoming ranch, the Eagle's Nest, where he had lived for thirty-seven years. When their first child was born in August 1947, McCoy was 56. He had three children by a previous marriage.
  • 1945
    Age 32
    She became engaged to Robert Boothby, a British member of Parliament in May 1945.
    More Details Hide Details He met Arvad in Los Angeles, California while he was with a British delegation to a conference in San Francisco, California. Boothby sent her a twenty-page letter pleading with her to marry him after he returned to England. Arvad accepted, but then broke off the engagement because of a compliment Hitler once paid her as being "the perfect Nordic beauty" and the effect it might have on Boothby's political career. Arvad commented that she despised Hitler's policies and only saw him on the two occasions of her interviews. However, the English press made much of her audience with him and Boothby was soon to be seeking re-election. Arvad was suspected of being the mistress of Axel Wenner-Gren, a Swedish industrialist on the U.S. State Department blacklist. No proof of such a relationship has ever surfaced.
  • 1942
    Age 29
    She obtained a divorce from Fejos in June 1942.
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    Kennedy was reassigned to a desk job in South Carolina in January 1942, and the relationship with Arvad ended after a few brief encounters.
    More Details Hide Details Kennedy later stated he thought Hoover might have had something to do with his transfer. Kennedy and Arvad knew they were being followed, and in the FBI transcripts of their encounters they sometimes spoke to "whoever is listening". In the end, Inga reflected on her time with Kennedy as a "passing affair".
  • 1941
    Age 28
    In November 1941, while John F. Kennedy served as an ensign in the US Navy's Office of Naval Intelligence, he and Arvad began a romantic relationship.
    More Details Hide Details Arvad was already being followed by the FBI due to the fact she was a resident alien and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had concerns that she was a German spy, as well as for previously being photographed meeting Hitler. When the FBI discovered that the "ensign Jack" who had been visiting Arvad was, in fact, a Kennedy, they extended their investigation through wiretaps. There was no evidence found to show Arvad, who was married, guilty of "any wrongdoing". but that didn't deter Hoover's FBI from the continued use of listening devices when Arvad and Kennedy were together. Kennedy's superior officer at the time, Captain Seymour A.D. Hunter, was quoted as saying that the U.S. Navy looked at Arvad as similar to Mata Hari. They thought she was using Kennedy to find out all she could about what was going on in the U.S. Department of the Navy. Captain Howard Klingman, then assistant director of the Office of Naval Intelligence, called Hunter into his office. Hunter was told that Kennedy needed to be put out of the Navy. Hunter pointed out that the situation was delicate because of Joseph P. Kennedy's having been United States Ambassador to England. However, he believed the young naval intelligence officer was not privy to information that would be "more than a bit embarrassing". Hunter advised that Kennedy be transferred to a seagoing unit.
  • 1936
    Age 23
    Arvad was Hitler's guest at the 1936 Summer Olympics, which led to her being investigated by the FBI in America as a potential spy.
    More Details Hide Details Hitler had told her that she was a perfect example of Nordic beauty. A photograph of her with Hitler surfaced and the FBI followed her, finding out that she was dating an American ensign, John F. Kennedy, son of the former U.S. ambassador to Britain. Kennedy's prominence led only to greater scrutiny of Arvad and suspicions about her that were never substantiated. Though she wrote only society news and never embraced Hitler's politics, the connection to him shadowed her professional life.
  • 1935
    Age 22
    In 1935, as a freelance reporter, she interviewed Hitler, and this connection to the dictator would color the rest of her life.
    More Details Hide Details She is thought to be among the few Scandinavians who interviewed Hitler. He granted her two or, perhaps, three interviews. Arvad had scooped her colleagues earlier by reporting that Hermann Göring was soon to marry German actress Emmy Sonnemann. She was invited to the wedding and met important Nazis. Through Joseph Goebbels she secured an interview with Hitler. In her article, a description of Hitler was later translated into English as: "You immediately like him. He seems lonely. The eyes, showing a kind heart, stare right at you. They sparkle with force."
  • 1931
    Age 18
    Arvad's first husband was Kamal Abdel Nabi, whom she married in 1931, when she was 17.
    More Details Hide Details Her second husband was Hungarian film director Paul Fejos. She appeared in two Danish films, Storm Varsel and a Fejos-directed 1934 film she starred in, Flight from the Millions. She was still married to Fejos when she traveled to the United States, as well as during her affair with Kennedy.
    Arvad was the 1931 beauty queen selected by the Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende.
    More Details Hide Details She attended the Columbia School of Journalism in New York, and then moved to Washington D.C., where she worked as a columnist at the Washington Times-Herald. She met John F. Kennedy in Washington through his sister Kathleen, who was a reporter at the same newspaper. Inga was said to have a good "intuitive style of writing" by her editor.
    She was born Inga Marie Arvad Petersen but changed her name in 1931.
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  • 1913
    Age 0
    Born in 1913.
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