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One of the most celebrated high-profile couples of American history, JFK and Jacqueline Kennedy who had the entire nation’s interest, and the couple who underwent the most agony and personal losses in American history.

John F. Kennedy who became the 35th president of the US from 1961 to 1963. His wife and first lady of US was beautiful and elegant Jackie Kennedy.

Jackie Kennedy was born on July 28, 1929, Southhampton,New York U.S. was the daughter of John Vernou Bouvier III and Janet Norton Lee .

 I want to live my life, not record it. 

Jackie also had a younger sister Caroline Lee Bouvier usually known as Princess Lee Radziwill was an American socialite, public-relations executive, and interior decorator by profession.

By Profession:

Jackie by profession was an American socialite, writer, photographer, and book editor.

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By Nature

Jackie was Intelligent, elegant, polite, smart, strong, determined, beautiful, shy, quiet, lovely by nature.

During her time as first lady of the US, people witnessed  her as a charming new image which was  quite different from earlier seen first lady’s like Mamie Eisenhower, Elizabeth “Bess” Truman.

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She became like a style icon among the people, especially among female audiences who portrayed their interest and themselves in her, and gathered around all her appearances, the high society and style quotient involved was quite high apart from   JFK’s charming personality.  

Jackie lived a few years in Paris and was very much impressed by the culture. She took back the elegance of European dressing sense and mixed it with Hollywood inspired culture to create a new   blend for herself which was portraying her charm and elegance.

Troubled Family:

Even though Jackie was born in a rich family, had privilege and access to elite society and status, her father often fell into trouble with relationships with other women and tended to lose all his wealth.

Bouvier’s drinking, gambling, and philandering led to the couple’s divorce in June 1940. Bouvier never remarried.

Jackie was very close to her sister right from the beginning, even after becoming first lady she played a prominent role in her growth and accompanied her on all her trips. 

  Life of Jacqueline B. Kennedy | JFK Library

Lavish Affair:  

Jackie was known as a Lavish Spender as she had privilege, as belonging to the well to be family, from the initial was alavish spender in clothes, jewellery and other stuff which matches elite society status.

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Marriage to John Kennedy

The Relationship Timeline of John and Jackie Kennedy

At a dinner party in Washington DC, photographer Jacqueline Bouvier was introduced to Congressman John F. Kennedy.  

John was apparently instantly smitten and uttered “I’ve never met anyone like her,” were the words of John according to a report to the mutual friend of a fellow journalist Charles Bartlett.

It was at Martin’s Tavern on June 24, 1953, that Senator John F. Kennedy proposed marriage to Jacqueline Lee Bouvier.

Even though people may be well known, they hold in their hearts the emotions of a simple person for the moments that are the most important of those we know on earth: birth, marriage, and death.

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier and John F. Kennedy were married on the morning of September 12, 1953, in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Newport, Rhode Island.

Bumps in the Road…. Starstruck Marriage

Jackie wanted a small wedding, but the Kennedys had a larger plan. John was a recently minted senator this was perfect time for his father to gain the national interest and publicity through this marriage which will be helpful in john’s presidential run.

Jackie and her mother were pressured by the jack’s father and by his insistance that their children’s wedding needed to be a grand spectacle.

Cracks in their family again surfaced as Jackie’s father got drunk and couldn’t walk her down the aisle for her wedding.

Ann Lowe, an African American designer whose talent was appreciated throughout the upper echelons of society, was selected to make Jackie’s gown. Unfortunately, a burst pipe destroyed the wedding dress and several bridal attendant pieces just 10 days before the ceremony, forcing Lowe and her team to work nonstop to recreate the damaged dresses. Thanks to Lowe’s efforts, Jackie ended up with an impressive ivory silk taffeta gown made from 50 yards of fabric that featured a big skirt, rows of ruffles and embroidered flowers. Ad.

Grand Marriage 

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier and John F. Kennedy were married on the morning of September 12, 1953, in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Newport, Rhode Island. The more than eight hundred guests included many notable individuals.

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JFK Grand Marriage Celebrations

JFK Love Affairs 

JFK even after marriage, continued to have multiple affairs with women, from which notable were Marylin Monroe and many others to follow.

Even though Jackie knew about the affairs she quoted saying” At the end of the day, Jack came back to Jackie – and that was it. They loved each other.” She wasn’t trying to change him.”

JFK's Alleged Mistresses | PEOPLE.com

JFK Political Ambitions 

Right after the marriage which is nearly close as a national event by the amount of publicity and grandness of the ceremony.

Jacqueline needed to completely brand herself to be a wife of the future president, she was immediately seen as the asset by the team, JFK for his political campaign began branding her presence and elegance which proved very helpful to win the elections. 

Health Issues 

JFK and Jacqueline went through a lot of tragedies, as he suffered from ulcers and colitis as well as Addison’s disease,which necessitated the administration of regular steroid treatments. 

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Since JFK’s political career cannot be put into jeopardy, entire things were kept secret from the public.

Jackie had already suffered one miscarriage in 1955 and on the morning of August 23, 1956, a month before another baby was due, Jackie awoke and cried out for her mother – she was haemorrhaging.

 She gave birth to a stillborn infant, while JFK was on a yacht with friends of both sexes cruising the Mediterranean. Racing back to his wife did not seem to occur to the Massachusetts senator until wiser friends suggested that public shame over his absence threatened to tarnish him forever in the eyes of women voters. 

Jackie never officially named her first daughter, nor does the name “Arabella” appear on any formal documents or in any written records.

However, those closest to Jackie have claimed time and again that the former First Lady referred to her stillborn child by that name as she mourned in the months following the traumatic delivery.

Cold couple emerged from the hospital after their son Patrick’s death holding hands, a clear signal of increased affection between the two. “Prior to this, they were much more restrained and less willing to express their close, loving relationship while out in public. The loss of Patrick seemed to be the catalyst to change all that,

Though only two of her children survived past infancy, Jackie reportedly viewed all her pregnancies with the same love and devotion.

Jack Kennedy cuddling his darling baby daughter Caroline as Jackie looks on in delight

         

Arabella Kennedy Grave Picture First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy shortly after moving into the White House with three-year old daughter Caroline and several-month old son.

JFK Assassination 

On November 22, 1963, Jackie was seated next to her husband in an open-top limousine driving through Dallas. She looked eye-catching in a pink suit.  Shots were fired. One hit her husband’s back and exited via his throat. Another tore through JFK’s head. As Jackie grappled with what was happening, blood and gore seeped into her outfit.

The look on her husband’s face after he was shot would haunt Jackie for the rest of her life, The last words she ever got to say to him were, “I love you, Jack. I love you,”. Due to political mis interest a president’s life was taken without her consent the body was taken and last rites were performed.

Jackie protested changing her dress which was strained by blood by saying “Let them look what they have done to Jack” protesting her life’s tragedy.

Blink of an Eye

It was morning of that tragic day, in a blink of an eye, Jackie was sitting in pool of blood, life took a opposite turn, prime of life suddenly snatched away by violence and body was taken to the hospital the entire nation was in shock, as how something like this can happen to their beloved president cursing the cruel fate for its doings.

Jackie could not believe her own fate as she refused to change blood stained dress protesting by “Let the people see what they have done to JFK”.

Jackie boarded the plane in the same blood stained dress which further carried JFK’s body the next day for the funeral.  

With JFK it also took a golden life, from her and two children who were still small to understand, Jackie sat there helplessly seeing life’s cruelty to her.

JFK funeral took place in  Washington ,D.C., during the three days that followed his assassination on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas..

Throughout the day and night, hundreds of thousands lined up to view the guarded casket.

Jackie protested that he gets similar respect and protocols as President Abraham Lincoln and state provided the honours.

The world watched and mourned right along with her, making the loss theirs as well as hers.

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JFK body at the Funeral

Tale of Tragedies 

After JFK’s death, it was fear for life which the family faced the next day. The once elegant, flamboyant extrovert personality suddenly changed gloomy and became more of a private person after the chain of events.

Robert F. Kennedy who was JFK’s brother was the only ray of support to them in the initial days along with her sister lee. 

In 1968, tragedy again struck when Robert F. Kennedy who was Former United States Attorney General was assassinated like JFK. Family took unbearable losses as he left his wife Ethel Kennedy and his children and hope of the Kennedy behind. 

Jackie’s son John F. Kennedy, Jr was killed in a plane crash. On July 16, 1999, John F. Kennedy, Jr.; his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy; and her sister, Lauren Bessette, die when the single-engine plane that Kennedy was piloting crashes into the Atlantic Ocean near Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Second Marriage

 

 The first time you marry for love, the second for money, and the third for companionship.  

World shocked as they heard the news of the marriage.  Jackie Kennedy, however, still had a life to live. She was only 34 and had two young children. 

She married Aristotle Onassis on October 20, 1968, who was already 62, 23 years older than his bride.

Why Jackie Kennedy Chose Money and Power Over Love | PEOPLE.com

Aristotle Socrates Onassis, commonly called Ari or Aristo Onassis, was a Greek shipping magnate who amassed the world’s largest privately-owned shipping fleet and was one of the world’s richest men.

Onassis was suffering from myasthenia gravis and died in 1975.

JFK met Onassis way back in 1958, when JFK and Jackie boarded his yacht for a meeting with Winston Churchill . 

JFK clearly told secret agents that his wife should not be allowed to “cross paths with Aristotle Onassis,” apparently troubled by Aristotle’s reputation as a womanizer.

But after his assassination the same thing happened which JFK feared.

Final Days 

Jackie choreographed her own husband’s funeral so beautifully. When it came time and she realized that she was going to die, she began choreographing her own death in that same way.

For instance, she chose the sheets that she was going to put on the bed, where she lay as she died, and people would come into the room to say goodbye to her. 

She chose who would say goodbye to her. She chose the music that was playing in her room, the candles, and the placement, who would be at the funeral. It was her list. And who would give the eulogy?”

It was important for her not to die in a hospital room. “When she first was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, the doctors told her that they thought she had a very good chance of survival. And she did have chemotherapy, and they said the cancer is completely gone. And then she went in for a routine C.A.T. scan and, lo and behold, to the absolute astonishment, it had spread to her brain. And at that point, she was ready to throw in the towel.

Jackie said in her own words “I want to go home and die.”

Her children were the most important people in her final days, “She was very proud of both her children, but she was most concerned about her son because whereas Caroline had started a family, John seemed to be a bit lost.

Jackie died on May 19, 1994, in New York City, New York, from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Jackie even after so many years of her death, still is considered as a notable great personality and style icon and leading women who introduced style into Whitehouse and inspiration to many women.

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This is our life, straight or a mess
These are our memories in progress
This is our work, this is our hope
This is us learning how to cope and laugh and cry
This is our Life.

This is us making things to somehow leave behind
What will we leave behind. . . to show that this is our life?

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