Jacqueline Lee Kennedy Onassis was the wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and the First Lady of the United States from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.
Bouvier was the elder daughter of Wall Street stockbroker John Vernou Bouvier III and socialite Janet Lee Bouvier. In 1951, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French literature from George Washington University and went on to work for the Washington Times-Herald as an inquiring photographer.
In 1952, Bouvier met Congressman John F. Kennedy at a dinner party. That November, he was elected as a United States Senator from Massachusetts, and the couple married the following year. They had four children, two of whom died in infancy. As First Lady of the United States, she was known for her highly publicized restoration of the White House and her emphasis on arts and culture. She was the first Catholic to become First Lady. On November 22, 1963, she was riding with the President in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, when he was assassinated. After his funeral, she and her children withdrew from public view. She married Aristotle Onassis, one of the world's richest men, in 1968.