Interesting Facts About Judith Campbell Exner: The Alleged JFK’s Mistress

The three gunshots fired in Dallas fifty-four years ago meant a presidential legacy unfulfilled — and a personal life unresolved.
The sorry mess of sexual exploits that President John F. Kennedy left behind took years to emerge. The supporting cast was vast, and today, we know one of them, a woman who was, next to Marilyn Monroe, the most famous one, though not by her choice.
Judith Campbell Exner was the first of JFK’s lovers to be publicly identified, and so she was pilloried by a public furious at learning that at least one wing of Camelot had more in common with the Playboy Club.
Judith Exner (January 11, 1934 – September 24, 1999) was an American woman who claimed to be the mistress of U.S. president John F. Kennedy and Mafia leaders Sam Giancana and John Roselli. She was also known as Judith Campbell Exner, and Judith Campbell.
She was born Judith Eileen Katherine Immoor in New York; her father, Frederick Kenneth Immoor, was of German descent, and an architect. Her mother, Katherine (née Shea), was of Irish descent.
When she was a child, her family moved to the Los Angeles area, where she grew up in Pacific Palisades. After her mother nearly died in an auto accident, Judith withdrew from school at age 14 and was tutored at home. Her older sister Jacqueline later became an actress and took the professional name, Susan Morrow.
Described as “stunningly beautiful,” she claimed to have had an 18-month relationship with then-Senator John F. Kennedy, beginning in 1960, which continued after he was elected President of the United States. She had a son, David Bohrer, from a later relationship. In 1975, Campbell married again, to Dan Exner, a golfer. They separated in 1988.
The Los Angeles socialite, who had previously dated Frank Sinatra, began her affair with Kennedy during his 1960 Presidential campaign, according to her 1999 Los Angeles Times obituary.
Exner and Kennedy continued their relationship during his term of office. During that time Campbell Exner claimed to have served as a courier for the President, taking mysterious envelopes to mobsters Sam Giancana—with whom she later also had an affair—and Johnny Rosselli.
In 1963, at her final encounter with Kennedy, she became pregnant and later had an abortion, by her account. In 1975, her relationship with Kennedy became public when she was called to testify before a Senate committee investigating alleged CIA plots to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
Below are more interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Judith Campbell Exner:
1. Exner’s memoir was adapted as a made-for-TV movie, Power, and Beauty (2002), directed by Susan Seidelman, in which she was played by Natasha Henstridge. The material was added from accounts published after her 1977 memoir.
2. After the shock of the JFK assassination, she isolated herself from almost everyone but people she knew from her old life. She was afraid she would be killed too. She had been told the FBI was keeping tabs on her. And the day after Marilyn Monroe died, she said, her apartment had been burgled, the phone records taken but the jewels left behind.
3. Aside from her own alleged affair with JFK, Exner claimed to have knowledge of other women who had affairs with Kennedy. These affairs included one with Danish journalist Inga Arvad between late 1941 and early 1942.
Exner also said that Kennedy brought prostitutes to the White House swimming pool. Journalists and some historians have also alleged that Kennedy had a number of affairs, citing a memo by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover as part of the evidence.
4. In her 1977 memoir, she said that she became one of JFK’s mistresses for a period of about two years, frequently visiting him in the White House after he was elected president. Her account was supported by FBI reports, Secret Service and White House phone logs and staff documentation, although Kennedy staff and supporters attacked her veracity when she published her memoir.

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