Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was born at Southampton, New York on this day in 1929. Her father was a playboy stock broker (“Black Jack” Bouvier), her mother the daughter of a bank president. 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. Working for the Washington Times-Herald 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, the world was impressed at her grace and dignity after his assassination. After Bobby Kennedy was assassinated she feared for her family's life and married Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, possibly because he could afford to protect them outside the US. After his death she returned to New York and lived quietly, working as an editor at Doubleday until her death in 1994.
“For a while I thought history was something that bitter old men wrote.”
“He didn't even have the satisfaction of being killed for civil rights. It had to be some silly little Communist.”
“I don't understand it. Jack will spend any amount of money to buy votes but he balks at investing a thousand dollars in a beautiful painting.”
“One man can make a difference and every man should try.”
“The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse.”
“You have to have been a Republican to know how good it is to be a Democrat.”
All from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, 1929 – 1994