Because they can’t throw anything more at me.”Margaret Trudeau sits on the lanai of her 1920s penthouse, near downtown Montreal, sipping tea. guy,” “Marmalade”), he also listed: “Margaret Trudeau book.” He had apparently intended to read the first of Margaret’s several tell-all memoirs. Margaret Trudeau, at 69, seems remarkably calm—all the time.
And yet she never completely lost her wide-eyed wonder.
Diane von Furstenberg, who socialized with Margaret in those heady days, recalls her as “beautiful, fun, vulnerable.” Indeed, von Furstenberg says that when she first met Margaret’s son—Canada’s new prime minister—”I had to hug him, this compassionate, powerful head of state.
By the 60s he had discovered politics, and his lithe good looks and easy way with crowds made him a J. “He just loved to date actresses and singers and ballerinas, just for the weekend or a glass of champagne. But I didn’t mean ”Margaret and Pierre continued to date secretly, and then, in March 1971, they eloped to a small church in North Vancouver, where the 22-year-old bride carried a bouquet of white daisies and wore a gown she had made herself.
But this young Margaret Trudeau, like Grace Kelly had before her, found herself unprepared for ceremonial duties and blindsided by intrusive press stories about everything from her pregnancies to her wardrobe.
After they went snorkeling together, something struck her about Pierre Trudeau, even if he was 29 years her senior.
His eyes, she now recalls, “were a very, very twinkly blue. He was an adventurer; he was a tease; he was so, so intelligent.
And as he pulled up to the entrance of the Beverly Hills Hotel on that day in 1979, driving a beige Rolls and wearing a Hawaiian shirt, he was soon to do the same to Margaret Trudeau, the wispy, glamorous wife of the prime minister of Canada.
Maggie—as her friends knew her—would later note that theirs was “one of the shortest-lived, most exciting and absurd” affairs of her life; the 38-year-old O’Neal was “shallow” and represented “everything that was wrong about the way I lived.”And, boy, how Margaret Trudeau had lived.
“But the feminists had been outraged for the way I had been treated,” she says. Elizabeth Taylor called saying, ‘I’m wearing short! (What no one knew was that she had eaten some hallucinogenic peyote beforehand.) The Trouble with Margaret had actually started long before.