Answer: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt
Josef Stalin’s only daughter, who died last week at the age of 85, spoke out about the late dictator in a rare and famous Meet the Press interview in September of 1969. Svetlana Alliluyeva, later known as Lana Peters, appeared on the program two years after she had made the United States her new home. MTP moderator Lawrence Spivak was so worried that Alliluyeva would back out of her performance that he had the high-profile guest stay at his apartment before the program. After the interview, Spivak and his wife threw a lunch party in her honor. Other attendees included Senator Eugene McCarthy, historian Eric Goldman, and one guest who threatened to steal Alliluyeva’s spotlight: Alice Longworth, the eighty-five-year-old daughter of Teddy Roosevelt. According to the biography "Princess Alice: The Life and Times of Alice Roosevelt Longworth" by Carol Felsenthal, Spivak later recalled that Alliluyeva was bewildered by the attention showered on the late President’s daughter, asking “what has she ever done?”
While on Meet the Press, the daughter whom Stalin had once called his “little sparrow” strongly condemned her father’s policies and pleaded for the Soviet Union to abandon Communism. But, as MTP host Edwin Newman pointed out in an op-ed years later (http://bit.ly/sOSffK), she seemed conflicted and reluctant to criticize her father on a personal level. Watch the clip below to see her response to Spivak’s questions Stalin and his ambitions for expansion in Europe. And to learn more about Svetlana Alliluyeva’s extraordinary life, you can read her obituary here: http://nyti.ms/rZwqkU.
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