Nancy Kissinger

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Nancy Kissinger at the Metropolitan Opera opening in 2009.

Nancy Sharon Maginnes Kissinger (born April 13, 1934) is an American philanthropist, and the second wife of former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. The couple married on March 31, 1974, in Arlington, Virginia.[1]

Life and career

Kissinger was born in Manhattan and raised in White Plains, New York. Her parents were Agnes (née McKinley) and Albert Bristol Maginnes, a wealthy lawyer.[2] She received a B.A. in history in 1955 from Mount Holyoke College.

She was a long-time aide to New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller before her marriage, recommended to him in 1964 by her future husband, then a professor at Harvard, where she was a student. Her first job was as Professor Kissinger's researcher on a Rockefeller task force; she continued working for Rockefeller at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund after the task force finished its work.[3] She later became director of international studies for Rockefeller's Commission on Critical Choices for America.[4]


  1. "Kissinger and Nancy Maginnes, Rockefeller Aide, Are Wed Near Capital and Fly to Acapulco for Honeymoon". New York Times. March 31, 1974.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Kissinger: a biography, Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, 1992
  3. "Somebody to Come Home To". Time Magazine. April 8, 1974.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Nancy Kissinger Hospitalized with Undisclosed Ailment". Seattle Times. December 18, 1994.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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