Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy was the undisputed queen of a country that claims no royalty. Jacqueline, known to America as Jackie, resembled everything elegant and glamorous. She was a role model to women all over the world. Born in Southampton, New York on July 28, 1929, she was the daughter of "Black-Jack" Bouvier, a well known Wall Street wheeler-dealer and Janet Lee. Unfortunately, Jackie's childhood was rocky. The depression stripped the family of all they had. Jackie's father and mother were eventually divorced and her mother re-married. Jealousy of Janet's new husband consumed Jackie's father and created a never ending battle between the two. This instability created a deep insecurity deep within Jackie; however, she never showed this side to the public. .
In 1947, Jackie was named debutante of the year. She attended Vassar and eventually went to Europe where University of Grenoble and the Sorbonne. In 1951, she finished her education at George Washington University. After school she obtained a job as the inquiring photographer for the Washington-Times Herald. In 1952 at a Washington dinner party, she met John Fitzgerald Kennedy. He was a war hero and a young congressman with his eye on the White House. He would later become her husband and the youngest President of the United States of American. Jackie's proudest legacy was her restoration of the White House. .
The Kennedy's life together seemed picture-perfect to America, but in reality, Jackie turned a blind eye to her husband's affairs. In 1956 Jackie gave birth to their first child who was sadly stillborn. Turmoil brought the couple back together. The Bay of Pigs Invasion and the Cuban missile crisis gave Jackie a chance to stand by her husband, and the death of their two day old son, Patrick, gave John a chance to finally stand by his wife when she needed him.
On November 22, 1963 the Kennedy's life would change forever. John was assassinated while campaigning in Dallas.