2017-03-02 17:34:29 UTC
Marion Javits found dead in her apartment
By Priscilla DeGregory, Mark Moore and Linda Massarella
March 1, 2017 | 10:33am | Updated
Marian Javits, the glamorous wife of senator Jacob Javits, who chose to stay put in the Big Apple – and have an affair with Geraldo Rivera — as her husband pressed the flesh in Washington, died peacefully Tuesday in her Upper East Side apartment, her son said. She was 92.
Joshua Javits told The Post his mother suffered a stroke six months earlier and had residual walking and breathing problems but remained “enthusiastic about what was going on in the world” until the end.
A home-health care aid found Javit’s body, he said.
The Anne Bancroft-look alike was born in Detroit, Mich. and initially dreamed of becoming an actress in Hollywood – but gave up on the idea and moved to York to take a job with the Republican Party as a researcher.
In 1945, she began dating Javits, who was 21-years her senior. The pair married in 1947.
While her husband pursued a political career, Marian stayed put in New York with their three children.
Their relationship was often the subject of gossip, which was known to have embarrassed the senator.
He wrote that early on, “work and world affairs were on a collision course with marriage.”
Rivera, the former talk show host, revealed his relationship with Javits in his autobiography, “Exposing Myself,” that was published in 1991.
“It was one of the most thrilling sexual experiences I’ve ever had, made magical by Marian, of course, and by the sheer illicitness of the moment,” Rivera said in the book.
Joshua Javits, 67, a lawyer and labor relations arbitrator who lives in Washington DC., remembered his mother as vivacious and smart.
“As a mother she was extremely exciting. She was very interested in everything going on particularly in arts and politics. She was very curious. She was a fun mother,” he told The Post. He said Javits leaves three children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
“She adored her grandchildren and just doted on them,’ he said.
Javits appeared in a couple of movies, including the 1960 flick “Who Was That Lady?” starring Tony Curtis and Dean Martin and liked to collect modern art.
After Senator Javits died in 1986 at the age of 81 during a vacation in West Palm Beach, she chose not to remarry.
In a self-published memoir called “Senator’s Wife: Ahead of My Time,” Javits wrote she found public life “arduous.”
“I became a political woman in a time when powerful men were committed to their ideals and the United States they served,” she said in the book, which went online in 2015.
“Public life remains arduous for women,” she said. “It is difficult to be daring when everyone is watching.”