Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis was the wife of President John F. Kennedy. Jacqueline became pop-culture icon. She was creative, elegant, intelligent, and ambitious.
Jacqueline was born on July 28, 1929. Her mother was Janet Lee Bouvier, and her father, though named John Vernon Bouvier III, was known by all as Black Jack. Her parents divorced in 1940, but her mother married wealthy Hugh Dudley Auchincloss, which permitted Jacqueline and her sister Lee to live on in wealth.
She studied at Vassar College, at the University of Grenoble and the Sorbonne, and graduated from George Washington University.
While working as a photographer for the Washington Times Herald Jacqueline met John F. Kennedy.
They married on September 12, 1953, at St. Mary’s Church in Newport. Their enormous wedding was the social event of the season. There were 1,300 guests at the reception. As First Lady, she presented herself with an image of grace and charm.
Jacqueline was the first lady of little more than 1,000 days after Kennedy’s assassination. She wore mourning for five years.
In 1968 Jacqueline married the Greek shipping tycoon, Aristotle Onassis. He was 62 and she was 39. He died in 1975. Their marriage was a kind of bargain: a two-year 62-tycoon offered her marriage to take place in America’s high society, where he had business, and in return she received a long-awaited financial independence and security.
Third wealthy individual in her life was diamond merchant Maurice Tempelsman.
Jackie was a mother of three children: Caroline (born on November 27, 1957), John Jr. (born on November 25, 1960) and Patrick Bouvier (born on August 7, 1963, he died two days later).
For 40 years she smoked three packs a day. She gave up smoking after she was diagnosed with cancer in early 1994, but it was too late. Jackie died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 64 on May 19, 1994. She is buried next to John F. Kennedy in Arlington National Cemetery.
– Jacqueline received an honorary Emmy award for the restoration of the White House. The first lady has collected the best examples of American art and furniture from all over the United States and placed them in the White House.
– In 1960 the musical Camelot, based on King Arthur and his Court, was influenced Jacqueline and the Kennedy presidency.