Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (1929–1994) was the wife of President John F Kennedy, and First Lady of the United States from 1961 to 1963. She was in the car with Kennedy when he was shot in Dallas. In 1968, after the assassination of Robert F Kennedy, she decided the Kennedys were being targeted, and that she and her children had to leave the United States.
On 20 October 1968, Jackie married Aristotle Onassis, a Greek shipping tycoon, on Skorpios, Greece. But the couple rarely spent time together and Jackie did not get along with her step-daughter Christina Onassis; Onassis was in the early stages of filing for divorce when he died in 1975. She returned to New York and worked as as an editor at Doubleday. In 1994 she was diagnosed with lymphoma and died in May that year aged sixty four.
While a number of American first ladies have appeared as characters in movies and TV shows the number of portrayals of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis bears testimony both to the enduring power of the Kennedy myth and to the glamour and tragedy of her own life.