Jacqueline Kennedy’s Legacy

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis passed away in 1994, but her legacy lives on: she was a champion for the arts, helped restored many public rooms in the White House and was a respected ambassador of good will for the United States. Learn more about her legacy.

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Eine Praesidentenfamilie. Die kleine Caroline kuesst ihren Vater John F. Kennedy, der am 9. November 1960 zum 35. Praesidenten der USA gewaehlt wird. Kennedy ist nicht nur der erste Katholik im Weissen Haus, sondern auch der juengste Praesident in der Geschichte der USA. (AP-Photo) 1960
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Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis passed away in 1994, but her legacy lives on: she was a champion for the arts, helped restored many public rooms in the White House, and was a respected ambassador of good will for the United States. Here, she is shown on her wedding day at an outdoor reception,1953, in Newport, Rhode Island. Click to see more.
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Jackie was born in 1929 in Southampton, New York, an older sister to Caroline Lee Bouvier Canfield Radziwill Ross. Her parents were John "Jack" Vernou Bouvier and Janet Norton Lee. She's shown here with husband John F. Kennedy in an image from 1960.
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Jackie and John had three children together: the first, Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, was born in 1957. The second, John Jr., was born in 1960, and the third, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, in 1963. Patrick tragically died just two days after he was born. Here, she holds John Jr. in her arms as daughter Caroline, stands in a doorway at the White House, Washington DC, February 4, 1961.
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Jacqueline Kennedy holds John Jr., who was born on Nov. 25, 1960, in her arms. She was once quoted as saying, "If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do matters very much.”
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Here, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy is pictured in the first family's White House living quarters on June 19, 1961. A restoration of the White House was one of her first tasks as First Lady in 1962. "I feel so strongly that the White House should have as fine a collection of American pictures as possible. It's so important," she told CBS during a tour of the renovated rooms.
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Jacqueline Kennedy became a fashion icon during her tenure as First Lady. She and her wardrobe were first featured in "Vogue" in 1947 for her "coming out" as a young debutante. She later became a magazine regular after her marriage to JFK.
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This Dec. 12, 1962 photo provided by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum shows President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy alongside a White House Christmas tree in Washington. The dress pictured went on display at the White House Museum in 2009.
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Here, Jacqueline Kennedy is shown in the iconic pink Chanel suit that became an emblem for JFK's assassination. This photo from the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum shows President John F. Kennedy and the First Lady as they arrive at Love Field in Dallas in 1963 on the day of his death.
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Jackie Kennedy is pictured riding in a motorcade with her husband President John F. Kennedy approximately one minute before he was fatally shot in Dallas, TX., on Nov. 22, 1963.
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Jackie Kennedy's dramatic veil and her son's heartbreaking salute at John F. Kennedy's funeral became etched into the memories of those who watched from their televisions. Jackie Kennedy mourned him for a year, and received thousands of letters from the public offering their condolences.
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Jackie Kennedy stands behind former British prime minister Harold Macmillan on May 14, 1965, during a speech at the inauguration ceremony of a memorial to John F Kennedy at Runnymede in the U.K. Also pictured are Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, and prime minister Harold Wilson.
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Jackie Kennedy is pictured in a white suit and hat during the inauguration of Britain's Kennedy memorial at Runnymede. Also pictured are Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, and the Kennedy's daughter, Caroline.
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Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and John F. Kennedy, Jr. watch Caroline Kennedy christen the USS John F. Kennedy on May 27, 1967, at Newport News, Virginia.
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Jacqueline Kennedy described her late first husband as, "kind, conciliatory, forgiving, a gentleman, a man of taste in people, furniture, books," in "Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy."
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Jacqueline Kennedy and her two children, John Jr. and Caroline, kneel at the grave of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, June 9, 1968 in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
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Five years after her first husband was assassinated, Jackie Kennedy married Greek shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassis. The nickname "Jackie O" was spawned from her new last name.
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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is pictured here with Edward Kennedy in 1979, six years after her second husband, Aristotle Onassis, died of respiratory failure.
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After Onassis' death, Jackie O (as she came to be known in tabloids) focused her efforts on protecting America's landmarks from development. This included the preservation of Lafayette Square in Washington D.C. and New York City's Grand Central Terminal, among others. She also pursued her long-time aspirations to become a writer and a book editor.
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Sen. Edward Kennedy, left, is joined at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, right, and her children Caroline Kennedy and John Kennedy, Jr., at the announcement of the creation of an annual "John F. Kennedy Profile In Courage Award," in honor of the late president, May 25, 1989.
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President Clinton gesture as he talks with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and John F. Kennedy Jr. during re-dedication ceremonies at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum Friday, Oct. 29, 1993 in Boston. She died in 1994 after a battle with lymphoma.
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