Other than being THE style icon of the 60s (and still today) and of course the wife to JFK, what else do you really know about the former first lady? After hearing a few fun facts about her recently, I decided to do a little more research on this fabulous lady. Now, I'm more of a fan than ever...
1. She commissioned the author of Madeline to write a story about visiting the White House.
2. She basically saved Grand Central Terminal from becoming an office building in the mid-70s.
Here's part of her commission:
"Is it not cruel to let our city die by degrees, stripped of all her proud monuments, until there will be nothing left of all her history and beauty to inspire our children? If they are not inspired by the past of our city, where will they find the strength to fight for her future? Americans care about their past, but for short term gain they ignore it and tear down everything that matters. Maybe… this is the time to take a stand, to reverse the tide, so that we won't all end up in a uniform world of steel and glass boxes."
3. She was frequently sent to the principal's office in kindergarten for acting out and disrupting the class.
4. She was an accomplished equestrian.
5. She spoke French, Italian, Polish and Spanish.
6. She took ballet lessons in the old Metropolitan Opera House in New York.
7. After spending her junior university year in Paris, she became more open about wanting to learn.
8. Her first job was as a columnist for the Washington Post in 1951. She called herself the "Inquiring Camera Girl", where she walked around town, taking photos of people and asking them questions about their day. One of which was Richard Nixon.
9. When JFK was struggling with horrible back pain due to war injuries during his time as Senator of Massachusetts, she encouraged him to write a book about U.S. senators who risked their lives for causes they believed in. It won a Pulitzer Prize.
10. Her first major project as the First Lady was to preserve the White House. And that she did.
…okay, that list didn't quite cover everything, but you get the idea, she was amazing. To read more about her life, check out the JFK Library.
"I am a woman above every thing else."
-Jackie Kennedy Onassis
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