Jackie Kennedy

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Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis

Jackie Kennedy is one of the most remarkable women in history. She was a first lady who had a mind of her own, was an independent, hard working as a book editor and most importantly a mother. She was also known mostly for her fashion and her beauty. How could someone so successful overcome the grief and tragedy that Jackie has experienced? It’s as simple as inner strength and perseverance and this is something Jackie had a lot of even at a young age.

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was born July 28, 1929 in Southampton, New York and was the elder of two daughters of Janet Lee and John “Black Jack” Bouvier III, a stock speculator. As a child she developed the interests she would still relish as an adult such as horseback riding, fox hunting, writing, and painting. Janet and Jack had a troubled marriage, and they were divorced in 1940, when Jackie was seven. Jackie lived with her mother, who in 1942 remarried Hugh Dubley Auchincloss, Jr. (1897–1976), a lawyer from a wealthy old family. The Auchinclosses were much wealthier than the Bouviers, and Jackie and her sister Lee lived with their mother and her new husband. Her mothers’ remarriage caused great conflict in the family. Jackie adored her father, whom began to see less and less of him, especially after her mother and stepfather moved their family to Washington, D.C. The summers were spent at the Auchincloss home, known as Hammersmith Farm, in Newport, Rhode Island, while her father remained in Southampton. Since the age of 15 she attended boarding schools. Jackie was a strong and independent child. She was initially considered a discipline problem at Miss Chapin's, the fashionable school on Manhattan's East Side that she attended as a young girl. At the age of 17, Jacqueline was named “Debutante of the Year” for the 1947-1948 social season. (Lovelady, C 2005). Jackie began her college education at Vassar, where she seemed embarrassed by the...
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