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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Yousuf Karsh, 23 Dec 1908 - 13 Jul 2002
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, 28 Jul 1929 - 19 May 1994
Gelatin silver print
Image: 24.1 × 19.1 cm (9 1/2 × 7 1/2")
Sheet: 35 × 27.7 cm (13 3/4 × 10 7/8")
Mount: 40.7 × 33 cm (16 × 13")
Mat (Karsh exhibit): 55.9 × 40.6 cm (22 × 16")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh
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© Estate of Yousuf Karsh
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Jacqueline Kennedy brought grace and style to her role as first lady and inspired the nation and the world with her courage and dignity in the aftermath of her husband’s assassination. Jacqueline Bouvier was working as an “inquiring camera girl” for the Washington Times-Herald when she began dating Congressman John F. Kennedy in 1952. That November, Kennedy won a Senate seat, and the couple married the following year. They welcomed daughter Caroline’s arrival in 1957, and in 1960, shortly after her husband’s election as president, Jacqueline Kennedy gave birth to John Jr. Just thirty-one when she became first lady, she won admiration for her efforts to make the White House a showplace for the nation’s history and culture. After President Kennedy was killed in 1963, she remained the focus of intense public interest. Married to Aristotle Onassis in 1968 and widowed in 1975, she subsequently built a successful career in publishing.
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