Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

First Lady of the United States + Book Editor

Jacqueline "Jackie" Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis was the wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and First Lady of the United States during his presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Five years later she married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis; they remained married until his death in 1975. For the final two decades of her life, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had a career as a book editor.… Read More

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1929 Birth Born on July 28, 1929.
1933 3 Years Old Her younger sister Lee was born in 1933. … Read More
1935 5 Years Old Bouvier was enrolled in the Chapin School in Manhattan in 1935, which she attended for grades 1–6. … Read More
1936 6 Years Old They separated in 1936 and divorced four years later, with the press publishing intimate details of the split. … Read More


1951 21 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Upon returning home, she transferred to The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French literature in 1951. … Read More
1952 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In addition to the random "man on the street" vignettes, she sometimes sought interviews with people of interest such as six-year-old Tricia Nixon after her father Richard Nixon was elected to the vice presidency several days after the 1952 presidential election. During this time, Bouvier was also briefly engaged to a young stockbroker, John G. W. Husted, Jr.; the announcement was published in The New York Times in January 1952, after only a month of dating. … Read More
1953 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Their engagement was officially announced on June 25, 1953.
1954 - 1957 3 More Events
1958 28 Years Old 1 More Event
She and John Kennedy were at the time campaigning for his re-election to the Senate, and posed with their infant daughter for the cover of the April 21, 1958, issue of Life. … Read More


John F. Kennedy announced his candidacy for the presidency and launched his nationwide campaign on January 3, 1960. … Read More
1961 31 Years Old 1 More Event
When her husband was sworn in as president on January 20, 1961, 31-year-old Kennedy became the third youngest First Lady in American history (behind Frances Folsom (21) and Julia Gardiner (22). … Read More
On February 14, 1962, Kennedy took American television viewers on a tour of the White House with Charles Collingwood of CBS News. … Read More
…  On November 22, 1963, she was riding with him in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, when he was assassinated.
Kennedy spent 1964 in mourning and made few public appearances during that time. … Read More
1966 - 1967 2 More Events
She and her children withdrew from public view after his funeral, and she married Aristotle Onassis in 1968. … Read More


1975 45 Years Old After the death of her husband, Onassis returned permanently to the United States, splitting her time between New York City, Martha's Vineyard, and the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis, Massachusetts. In 1975, she became a consulting editor at Viking Press, a position which she held for two years.
1976 46 Years Old After almost a decade of avoiding participation in political events, she attended the 1976 Democratic National Convention, stunning the assembled delegates when she appeared in the visitors' gallery.
1977 47 Years Old She resigned from Viking Press in 1977 following the false accusation by The New York Times that she held some responsibility for the company's publication of Jeffrey Archer novel Shall We Tell the President?, which was set in a fictional future presidency of Ted Kennedy and described an assassination plot against him. … Read More


1980 50 Years Old …  From 1980 until her death, her companion and personal financial adviser was Maurice Tempelsman, a Belgian-born industrialist and diamond merchant who was estranged from his wife. … Read More


1993 63 Years Old In November 1993, while participating in a fox hunt in Middleburg, Virginia, Onassis fell from her horse and was taken to the hospital to be examined. … Read More
She began chemotherapy in January 1994, and publicly announced the diagnosis, initially stating that the prognosis was good. … Read More
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