look-alikes: portrayals of Jacqueline Kennedy

Various portrayals of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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. She married Aristotle Onassis, a Greek shipping tycoon. She returned to New York after his death in 1975 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.

The movies and TV shows

Lo siento mi amor (2018): A very strange short movie by Eduardo Casanova featuring Sara Rivero as Jackie Kennedy. No makeup credits.

Grey Gardens (2009): This movie features a brief appearance by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (Jeanne Tripplehorn) when she visits her eccentric aunt and cousin. Linda Dowds was the makeup department head.

Thirteen Days (2000): This movie tells how President John F Kennedy handled the two-week Cuban missile crisis in October of 1962 with a little help from Kevin Costner. I guess almost everybody who is old enough can remember the tension. Jacqueline Kennedy (Stephanie Romanov) had a very minor role: one scene hassling Kevin Costner about a party invitation list just before the crisis erupted is all I recall. Francisco X Pérez was the makeup department head; Matthew Mungle was the special makeup effects artist responsible for the prosthetic look-alike makeups: I don’t think either of them turned Stephanie into Jackie Kennedy but I don’t know who was responsible for this makeup.

A Woman Named Jackie (1991): This film starring Roma Downey as Jacqueline Kennedy spans Jacqueline’s life up to the late 1980s. Martha Preciado was key makeup artist; Brad Look was makeup artist.

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (1981): After Charlie’s Angels Jaclyn Smith tried – and failed – to prove she could act by starring as Jacqueline Kennedy in this movie which covered Jacqueline’s life from her childhood up until JFK’s assassination in Dallas. I have no makeup credits for this movie.