First Ladies We Love!

From our nation's first FLOTUS to its most recent, find out which smart and supportive spouses made our list of favorite first ladies (11 Photos)

Liz Henry on Oct 3, 2012 at 11:17AM

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First Ladies We Love!

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Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis was our 35th first lady and arguably the most iconic. Born into wealth and privilege, Jackie O., as she would later be known, was an accomplished equestrienne and fluent in French, Spanish and Italian. With a degree in French literature from George Washington University and a job as a newspaper photographer, then-22-year-old Jackie met John F. Kennedy in 1951, while she was engaged to another man. That relationship soon ended and she married JFK two years later. As first lady, she took meticulous care in restoring the White House by procuring furniture and other items owned by past presidents and charmed the nation with her sense of style. She became a symbol of courage for a country in mourning when her husband was assassinated. Onassis provided the metaphor for which we all remember her by saying, “There'll be great presidents again, but there'll never be another Camelot again.”

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