Birthday: July 28, 1929
Famous: First Ladies American Women
Sun Sign: Leo
Died At Age: 64
Also Known As: Jacqueline Lee Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier
Born In: Southampton, New York, United States
Famous As: Former First Lady Of The United States
Height: 1.70 M
Political Ideology: Democratic
Spouse/Ex-: Aristotle Onassis (1968–1975), John F. Kennedy (1953–1963)
Father John Vernou Bouvier III
Mother: Janet Lee Bouvier
Siblings: Hugh Dudley Auchincloss III, James Lee Auchincloss, Janet Auchincloss Rutherfurd, Lee Radziwill, Thomas Gore Auchincloss
Children: Arabella Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Jr., Patrick Bouvier Kennedy
Religion: Roman Catholic
Died On: May 19, 1994
Place Of Death: New York City, United States
City, States, Provinces & Districts: New Yorkers
Jackie Kennedy is fondly remembered as the stylish wife of slain American President John F. Kennedy. Jackie became the first Lady of United States in 1961 after John Kennedy became the American President and she remained so for a short period till 1963 when John was murdered. Jackie was a great enthusiast of art and encouraged preservation of historic architecture. She was very famous for her gorgeous looks and her beautiful and elegant style statements. Several years after Kennedy’s death, Jackie married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis who also died, after which Jackie spent the rest 20 years of her life as a successful book editor. Jackie was known for her graceful interviews and photographs given to the press. Jackie Kennedy was known for her preference towards privacy in her personal and family life. She became the youngest First Lady in American History at the age of 31 when her husband became the President.
Childhood & Early Years
Jacqueline Lee “Jackie” Kennedy Onassis was born as Jacqueline Lee Bouvier on July 28, 1929 in Southampton, New York. Her father, John Vernoun Bouvier III, popularly called ‘Black Jack’ for his tan, was a wealthy Wall Street stockbroker, having French, Scottish, and English ancestry.
Her mother, Janet Norton Lee Bouvier, was a socialite of Irish descent. She was also an accomplished equestrienne. The couple had two daughters, Jackie and her younger sister Caroline Lee Bouvier, both of whom were raised in Catholic faith.
Since her childhood, Jackie idolized her father, having a close relationship not only with him, but also with her paternal grandfather, Major John Vernou Bouvier. They also favored her over her sister, helping her to develop her unique individuality and self-confidence.
Jackie spent most of her childhood in their Manhattan home. The summers were spent at ‘Lasata’, his paternal grandfather’s country home in East Hampton. Built on 12 acres of land, the estate included a large stable and it was here that Jackie first learned to ride horses.
In 1935, Jackie was enrolled at the Chapin School, where she studied from grade 1 to 6. Brilliant, but naughty; she quickly finished her assignments and then started playing pranks. It stopped when her headmistress told her that nobody would notice her good qualities unless she behaved.
Although John Bouvier dotted on her daughter he was also an alcoholic and a womanizer. In 1936, it led to his separation from his wife, which culminated into a divorce in 1940. The separation affected Jackie a great deal and she began to withdraw into a private world of her own.
Outwardly she led a normal life, often visiting her father. At the age of 11, she had the rare distinction of earning a double victory at the national junior horsemanship competition. At the age of 12, she started taking ballet lessons at the Metropolitan Opera House and also started learning French.
In 1942, as her mother married Hugh Dudley Auchincloss, Jr., her life changed once more. She now began to live primarily in Auchincloss’ Merrywood estate in McLean, Virginia, also spending some time with her father in New York City and Long Island.
From Her mother’s marriage to Auchincloss, she had two half-siblings, Janet Jennings Auchincloss and James Lee Auchincloss. In addition, she had three more step-siblings from her stepfather’s two previous marriages; Hugh "Yusha" Auchincloss III, Thomas Gore Auchincloss, and Nina Gore Auchincloss.
In 1942, she left Chapin School to enroll at Holton-Arms School in Northwest Washington, D.C. Thereafter from 1944 to 1947, she studied at Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut, where she excelled as a student, winning Maria McKinney Memorial Award for Excellence in Literature in her senior class.
In 1947, Jackie enrolled at Vassar College in New York to study history, literature, art and French. In the same year, before she entered the college, she was named "Debutante of the Year" by a local newspaper.
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