Meet America's most stylish First Lady
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis was the wife of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and served as First Lady during his presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.
At age 31, she was one of the youngest First Ladies in history. She was young, attractive, intelligent and possessed an innate sense of style and elegance. The American public took to her, and made her its idol. Jackie's impeccable style is still remembered, and she is thought of as the most stylish of the First Ladies.
Mrs. Kennedy planned numerous social events that brought the First Couple into the nation's cultural spotlight. She had also invited artists, writers, scientists, poets, and musicians to mingle with politicians, diplomats, and statesmen. She spoke fluent French. This appreciation for art, music, and culture marked a new chapter in American history. Jackie's skill at entertaining gave White House events the reputation of being magical.
Jacqueline took an active role in planning the details of the state funeral for her husband. Following the assassination, she stepped back from official public view.
In 1968, Jacqueline Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis, a Greek shipping tycoon. The marriage brought her adverse publicity and seemed to tarnish the image of the grieving presidential widow. However, others viewed the marriage as a positive symbol of the "modern American woman" who would not be afraid to look after her own financial interests and to protect her family.
- July 28 1929: Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was born
- 1953: Married John F. Kennedy
- 1957: Daughter Caroline Kennedy was born
- 1960: Son John F. Kennedy Jr. was born
- 1963: President John F. Kennedy was assassinated
- 1968: Married Aristotle Onassis
- 1978: Got a job as an Assistant Editor in New York City