Face 2 Remember. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
by Cashmere Wrap & Macadamia Nuts
It is possible that if Jacqueline Lee Bouvier didn’t marry senator John F. Kennedy, he would never become the 35th President of the United States and the Camelot myth would never be created. Considering her high social status and an excellent upbringing, she would have certainly made a great match for an influential and powerful man, but never to such extent as to shape America’s taste and imagination.
Born in 1929, Jacqueline had privileged childhood, surrounded by richness and servants, although not free from drama, as her parents divorced when she was 11 years old. In 1947 Jacqueline celebrated her social debut and was called a debutante of the year. Shortly afterwards she started schooling in a prestigious Vassar College, which she attended for two years. In 1951 Jacqueline graduated from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. receiving a degree of Bachelor of Arts in French Literature. So much about not well known facts, as the rest belongs to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis legend.
In September 1953 Jacqueline married John F. Kennedy, who became the youngest President of the United States, sworn to his office in January 1961. Jacqueline was 31 years old when she became the youngest First Lady. The couple was highly visible, publicly adored and … watched closely. During her husbands presidency, Jacky focused on being a mother, as well as on her official duties combined with a great work which she did for the restoration of the White House. She suffered losses of her children, as out of her four pregnancies, she lost two babies. In public imagination, Jackie became the perfect hostess, ambassador as well as a dictator of taste and style. Young women all over the world scrutinized her dresses, hairstyle and makeup, wanting to be like her. However glamorous, the fairytale ended in 1963 with a tragical shooting in Dallas, when President Kennedy was assassinated.
After the dramatic events, Jacqueline left the White House to live an ordinary life, which could never be due to the never ending media interest. Some speculate that the need for protection and privacy was a main reason why Jacqueline married a fabulously rich Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Socrates Onassis in 1968. Marriage was turbulent and ended officially in 1975, when Onassis died of a heart failure.
Jackie, widowed for the second time, moved to New York city where she pursued her late career as a book editor for Viking Press. After the scandal with “Shall we tell the president?” novel, she left to take an editor post at Doubleday, where she continued to work until she fell ill in 1994. The final struggle with the disease was a lost battle – Jacqueline passed away the same year in May. She was buried alongside President Kennedy, their son Patrick, who died as an infant, and by their stillborn daughter Arabella in Arlington, Virginia.