Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the wife of President John F. Kennedy and Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, grew up in a privileged home in Southampton, New York, learning French, ballet and horseback riding. She spent her years in the White House working to re-establish the elegance of the building and turn it into a virtual museum full of historical American art and cultural pieces from every period in its history.Continue Reading
Born on July 28, 1929, Onassis, worked as a photographer and reporter for the Washington Times-Herald and had an interview with Richard Nixon published as well as her photojournalism pieces on the Dwight D. Eisnehower inauguration and coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. She also won an Emmy Award for her role in a nationally televised tour she gave of the White House in 1962.
Following the death of her second husband in 1975, Onassis, worked as an editor for Viking Press and as a senior editor for Doubleday in New York City. She also devoted her time to revitalization projects in New York, including the Broadway theater district, the Central Park Conservancy and the Literary Lions of the New York Public Library. Onassis passed away from cancer on May 19, 1994, at the age of 64.Learn more about US History