Jackie Kennedy (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis) was the wife of John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States. Jackie Kennedy was known for her sense of style and elegance. Her second husband , Aristotle Onassis, was one of the wealthiest men in the world.

Jackie was of a wealthy and socially prominent family. She studied at Vassar College and George Washington University. She graduated in 1951. For two years she worked as a photographer and a columnist for the Washington Times Herald, until her marriage in September 1953 to senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts. After a miscarriage and a stillbirth, she gave birth to daughter Caroline in 1957, and she was pregnant with John F. Kennedy Jr. when her husband was elected president in 1960. Her second son Patrick was born in 1963 and lived only 36 hours.

On senator Kennedy’s election as president, Jackie became the focus of national and even international popular interest. As the sophisticated First Lady, she helped set the tone for the Kennedy Administration. She particularly interested herself in the White House itself and secured a number of important antique pieces for its part of a plan to restore several of its public rooms to period authenticity. She set up a fine arts commission for the White House and hired a curator. In February 1962 she conducted a widely praised televised tour of the White House. She was also responsible for setting fashion styles, wearing Oleg Cassini creations and the pillbox hat that became her trademark. On trips all over the world she was warmly received and did much informally to maintain good relations with various nations. The assassination of President Kennedy as they rode together in a Dallas, Texas motorcade in November 1963 thrust her even more into the national consciousness.

After the immediate period of ceremony and mourning, Jackie withdrew slowly into the world of international society, becoming a Frequent subject of society gossip and the victim of publicity seekers and paparazzi. She was involved romantically with various eligible men, but her marriage in 1968 to Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis was a shock to many people and critics. She lived the secluded life of the extremely wealthy before and for a time after Onassis’s death in 1975. From 1975 to 1977 she was a consulting editor at Viking Press. She moved to Doubleday in 1978 as an associate editor, later becoming a senior editor. On her death in 1994 she was buried, at her own request, in Arlington cemetery beside Jon F. Kennedy.

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