Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis | job seekingJacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (July 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994) was the wife of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and served as First Lady during his presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. She was born at Southampton, New York, the daughter of John Vernou Bouvier, III, a stockbroker, and Janet Norton Lee-Bouvier, Jacqueline was raised among wealth and refinement. She had one younger sister, Caroline Lee Bouvier-Radziwill who was born in 1933.

The name "Jacqueline Lee" commemorated both sides of her family — "Jacqueline" celebrating three generations of "Jacks" on her father's side and "Lee" celebrating the surname of her maternal grandparents.

She spent her first two years of college at Vassar in Poughkeepsie, New York, and spent her junior year (1949–1950) in France at the University of Grenoble and The Sorbonne in a program through Smith College. Upon returning home to the United States, she transferred to The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., graduating in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French Literature.

When she made her society debut in 1947, a Hearst columnist dubbed Jacqueline "Debutante of the Year".

On graduation from college, she was hired as the "Inquiring Camera Girl" for The Washington Times-Herald. Her jobs work was to ask witty questions of people she met in Washington, D.C. The questions and amusing responses would then appear alongside the interviewee's photograph in the newspaper. She was hired at a weekly salary of $42.50. During that period she was briefly engaged to a young stockbroker, John Husted, but the engagement was called off after three months. In later years she had a successful career as a book editor.


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