Who was Jackie Kennedy?
Jackie Kennedy was one of the most famous First Ladies in the History of the United States. She was born as Jacqueline Lee Bouvier on July 28th, 1929 to a wealthy upper-class Roman Catholic family in Southampton, New York. She developed her love of poetry, ballet, art, financial stability and French culture at a young age. She went to exclusive boarding schools, which she hated despite having a lively social life and good grades. She graduates from George Washington University in 1951 with a major in French Literature, after spending two years at Vassar College and the Sorbonne in France. She marries United States Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy (D-Mass.) on September 12th, 1953 in Newport, Rhode Island. They would have five children, but only two survive past infancy. He became the 35th President of the United States on January 20th, 1961, and she became First Lady. She was known for her fashion trends, efforts to restore the White House with historical and American furnishings, her patronage of the Arts, and efforts to protect her privacy and that of her children's despite her public presence as First Lady. President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22nd, 1963. Jackie mourned the death more than anyone, and led the nation in mourning and burying the slain leader. She raised the sole surviving heirs of JFK, and helped create the Camelot image of the Kennedy administration. She remarries in 1968 to the Greek billionaire Aristotle Onassis, as if to break away from her loneliness and image as an American widow. After Onassis' death in 1975, she becomes a book editor, editing over 100 books for two book publishers for twenty years. She dies of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 64 on May 19th, 1994.