by Nathalie Azoulai
Two sisters: both beautiful and famous, full of fun and friends with each other. And yet. Who will take the spotlight? Who will be the most successful? Fairy-tale questions about stories that haven’t always ended happily: Jackie Kennedy, Françoise Dorléac, Princess Margaret, and, perhaps less well known, Odile Versois. Illness, a fatal accident, a series of bereavements or unhappiness in love: whatever the nature of the unhappiness, it seems to strike one sister, as if there simply wasn’t enough room for two.
Or as Princess Margaret put it: “It was inevitable: when there are two sisters and one is the Queen, who must be the source of honour and all that is good, […] the other must be the focus of the most creative malice, the evil sister.”