Nancy Kissinger

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Nancy Kissinger
Nancy Kissinger Shankbone Metropolitan Opera 2009.jpg
Nancy Kissinger at the Metropolitan Opera opening in 2009
Nancy Sharon Maginnes

(1934-04-13) April 13, 1934 (age 85)
EducationMount Holyoke College Harvard
Henry Kissinger (m. 1974)

Nancy Sharon Kissinger (born Maginnes; born April 13, 1934) is an American philanthropist, and the wife of former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. The couple married on March 30, 1974, in Arlington, Virginia;[1] the couple is noted for her being unusually tall and him being very short.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Kissinger was born in Manhattan and raised in White Plains, New York, her parents were Agnes (born McKinley) and Albert Bristol Maginnes, a wealthy lawyer.[3] 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.[4] She later became director of international studies for Rockefeller's Commission on Critical Choices for Americans.[5]


  1. ^ "Kissinger and Nancy Maginnes, Rockefeller Aide, Are Wed Near Capital and Fly to Acapulco for Honeymoon". New York Times. March 31, 1974.
  2. ^ A private person in the public eye accepts him as he is New York Times, April 4, 1974 (NY Times website)
  3. ^ Kissinger: a biography, Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, 1992
  4. ^ "Somebody to Come Home To". Time Magazine. April 8, 1974.
  5. ^ "Nancy Kissinger Hospitalized with Undisclosed Ailment". Seattle Times. December 18, 1994.

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