What You Didn't Know About Jackie Kennedy Onassis

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Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (July 28, 1929 - May 19, 1994) was the wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and was the First Lady of the United States during his presidency, from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.

As a first lady, her popularity was due to her devotion to the historic preservation of the White House, her fashion sense, and her devotion to her children, which endeared her to the American public. (source: Wikipedia)

During her lifetime, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was regarded as an international fashion icon.

Later she was married to the Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis, from 1968 until he died in 1975.

For the last 20 years of her life, she had a successful career as a book editor. (source: Wikipedia)

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. (source: Wikipedia)

Facts You Might Not Know About Jackie

Her mother was of Irish descent, and her father had French, Scottish, and English ancestry.
She won her first job as a journalist at "Vogue" Magazine, between New York and Paris.
"On her first day at Vogue, the managing editor advised her to quit and go back to Washington. According to biographer Barbara Leaming, the editor was concerned about Jackie's marriage prospects; she was 22 years of age and was considered too old to be single in her social circles. She followed the advice, left the job, and returned to Washington after only one day of work." (source of the information: Wikipedia)
Her style was criticized during Kennedy's presidential campaign, as too "French".
She used to wear gloves to hide a small problem she had with her nails.
She modernized and did a restyling of the White House, created an artistic committee, buying antique furniture and artifacts from museums and collectors.
She gained independence and strong individuality thanks to the warm, positive relationship that she had with her father, who considered her "the most beautiful daughter a man ever had" (source: Wikipedia, Jackie's biography).
In 2016, there was a movie released about her life: Jackie, with the amazing interpretation of Natalie Portman, who received an Academy Award nomination for best actress.

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