Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, 1929 - 1994

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Born: 28 July 1929, Southampton, New York
Died: 19 May 1994, New York City

Born Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, her father was a playboy stock broker ("Black Jack" Bouvier), her mother the daughter of a bank president, so she attended the finest private schools before two years at Vassar, a year at the Sorbonne, and finishing her degree at George Washington University in 1951. At the Washington Times-Herald she asked questions of people she met and wrote a column featuring their answers and photos. At social functions she crossed paths with a young and ambitious Democrat named John Kennedy, they wed in 1953. After Kennedy's election she was a very public first lady, remodeling most of the White House with historical furnishings. The world was impressed at her grace and dignity after the president's assassination. After Bobby Kennedy was assassinated she feared for her family's safety and married Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, possibly because he could afford to protect them in his homes at Paris and on his Greek island Skorpios. After his death she returned to New York and lived quietly, working as an editor first at Viking Press and then Doubleday. She was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in January 1994.

Biography from Wikipedia and National First Ladies' Library

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