Jackie Kennedy Onasis

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Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was born on July 28th, 1929 in East Hampton, Long Island. Jacqueline's mother was Janet Lee Bouvier, a highly ambitious horseback rider. Jacqueline was nicknamed "Jackie" after her father, Jack Bouvier. Young Jackie's parents were a very well off coupled. Her father had an estimated fortune of 7 million dollars and Janet came from a wealthy family also, her father had been chairman of the board of Chase National Bank.

Asides for the Bouviers wealth, the other thing they were most noted for was their beauty, Jack in particular. His slim nose, wide set blue eyes, shiny black hair and muscular build earned him the description as "drippingly handsome". Jack's cutting edge instincts, swarthiness, and love for beautiful young women earned him the nick name " Black Jack". Janet, who was sixteen years younger than Jack was not as beautiful as he was handsome. Janet did not possess a showgirl prettiness but she was said to have possessed an interesting look. She was petite and had a somewhat animated look to her. Her nose and chin were long and pointed. When Jackie was born it was happily noted that Jackie looked like Jack Bouvier. (Birmingham)

Though Janet Lee's family was well off, they were not members of the esteemed highest social caste as were the Bouviers. Janet lived her life with a constant sense of unease because of this difference in lineage.(Birmingham)

Because Black Jack was known for having erratic financial history, James Lee, Janet's father, offered to allow Janet and Jack to live rent free in a building he owned. This offer came under one condition. Jack would have to cut back on his flamboyant lifestyle. (Heymann)

On March 3rd 1933, the Bouvier family was completed by the birth of Jackie's sister, Lee. When Lee was born, Jackie was no longer the baby of the family.She spent most of her time tending and riding her horse. Jackie also excelled in school. She was so intelligent that she found all her elementary grade work as boring. Janet had once stated that, "Jackie's intellectual ambition ran ahead of her chronological age." (Heymann)

Soon problems began occurring between Black Jack and Janet. Jackie has never spoken about her parent's marriage issues but they are thought to have arisen because of money. At the time Black Jack was undergoing a string of unending failures in the stock market. Jack also found it hard to tell Janet about his financial problems.(Heymann)

Then Jack began to see other women. At first Janet did not know that her husband was still playing his role as a ladies' man but when she found out she immediately demanded Jack's fidelity. Jack didn't know the meaning of the word. Several months after Jackie's 7th birthday in 1936, her parents separated. When their separation agreement ran out six months later, the Bouviers gave the marriage another try. It lasted for five months. Then at the end of august 1937, Jack and Janet separated permanently, although they did not get divorced until 1940. (Guthrie)

Janet won custody of her two daughters. Jackie and Lee considered living with their mother "humdrum " while visiting their father was a "treat". Jack had great influence over his daughters. He taught them about personal style and what men looked for in women. Whatever their father considered good, these girls did.(Guthrie)

Janet did not stay single for long. Two years after her divorce from Jack, Janet remarried Hugh Auchincloss. Auchincloss was a Scottish man with good values and work ethics. Not only was Auchincloss a hard working man but his family had an equally high social standing as the Bouviers. Auchincloss's fortune was also greater than the Bouviers. Hugh...
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