Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Jacqueline "Jackie" Kennedy

Jacqueline Lee "Jackie" Kennedy Onassis (née Bouvier; 1929 –1994) was an American socialite, writer, and photographer who became First Lady of the United States as the wife of President John F. Kennedy.

Her popularity as First Lady was due to her devotion to historical preservation of the White House, her fashion sense, and her devotion to her children, which endeared her to the American public. During her lifetime, Jackie was regarded as an international fashion icon.

Jackie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in French literature from George Washington University and worked for the Washington Times-Herald as an inquiring photographer. The following year, she met then-Congressman John Kennedy at a dinner party in Washington. He was elected to the Senate that same year, and the couple married in 1953.

After the assassination and funeral of her husband, Jackie and her children largely withdrew from public view. In 1968, she left her children in the United States and married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, which replaced her popular image with one of materialism. Even after her death, she ranks as one of the most popular and recognizable first ladies in American history, and in 1999, she was listed as one of Gallup's Most-Admired Men and Women of the 20th century.

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