- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: A&E Home Video
- DVD Release Date: December 5, 2005
Take a look back at the tragic history of Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle and his ill-fated family. Murder, suicide, accidents and broken hearts claimed most of the Onassis clan. How will heiress Athina fare?
The Onassis Dynasty made headlines around the world in 1968, when Greek shipping tycoon and renowned playboy Aristotle Onassis controversially married American royalty: JFK's widow Jackie Kennedy. But the Onassis family's closet is chock full of other skeletons involving wealth and scandal.
It is said that Aristotle Onassis arrived in Buenos Aires with just $60 in his pocket before building a fleet of oil tankers and becoming a billionaire. He married Tina Livanos, whose sister Eugenia was the wife of his arch-rival, Stavros Niarchos. Livanos ended their marriage, however, when she caught Aristotle having sex - in the saloon of the yacht that bore her name - with opera star Maria Callas. Eugenia having died in mysterious circumstances, Tina then married Niarchos, and committed suicide in 1974. Thus began a catalogue of tragic events.
Aristotle's son, Alexander, who was being groomed to take over the Onassis empire, was killed in a freak plane accident. When Aristotle himself died broken-hearted in 1975, his daughter Christina inherited his riches. Her life was no fairy-tale either. Married four times, and with a history of eating disorders, drug abuse and depression, Christina died in a Buenos Aires bathtub in 1988 at the age of 37, apparently from an overdose of slimming pills. It's Christina's daughter Athina - the last direct descendant of the late Aristotle - who has made recent headlines. Athina's father - French businessman Thierry Roussell - fought the Greek trustees of her estate for more than a decade. Now Athina is of age, and she's decided to sue him back.
Join BIOGRAPHY® for the fascinating - and often tragic - story of this ill-fated Mediterranean dynasty.