Today marks the 50-year anniversary of JFK's death, prompting commemorations across the country as Americans look back on his time as president and his romance with Jacqueline Kennedy — an icon in her own right. From a prominent family herself, she was declared debutante of the year in 1948 when she was still Jacqueline Bouvier. After reportedly meeting JFK through a friend in Spring 1952, she and Jack started dating seriously, and their engagement came soon after in June 1953. Jackie and JFK, then a senator, were married that September in Newport, RI, before settling down in Virginia. After moving to Washington DC's Georgetown neighborhood, Jackie gave birth to Caroline in 1957, followed by John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1960, just weeks after JFK won the general election.
As the first lady, Jackie was young, fresh, and fashionable. She worked on restoring and redesigning parts of the White House, and in the below interviews, she talks about her vision for the space, which she hoped to become more like a museum. She also touches on the issue of privacy, opening up about the challenges of balancing public and private lives, plus her hopes for the couple's children. Following President Kennedy's death, his widow sought protection from the media and drew away from the public, marrying reclusive Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. And in the decades following her and JFK's time in the White House, truth about his affairs put their marriage in a different, more honest light. Since she passed away in 1994, Jacqueline has been remembered as a style icon and a popular first lady. As the world honors and commemorates JFK, take a look back at his famous plus-one.
Then-Senator JFK was all smiles beside his bride, Jacqueline, during their outdoor wedding celebration.
Jacqueline and JFK were interviewed in their Boston apartment a month after their wedding, chatting about their life as newlyweds.
On July 14, 1960, Jacqueline spoke with the press from the family's Hyannis Port home after JFK won the nomination at the Democratic convention. Gushing with excitement, she told reporters that his first words to her over the phone were, "Hello, isn't it wonderful?"
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