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Jacqueline Kennedy: White House Tour – Documentary Film

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Jacqueline “Jackie” Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (July 28, 1929 — May 19, 1994) was the wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and First Lady of the United States during his presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Five years later she married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis; they remained married until his death in 1975. For the final two decades of her life, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had a career as a book editor. She is remembered for her contributions to the arts and preservation of historic architecture, her style, elegance, and grace. A fashion icon, her famous pink Chanel suit has become a symbol of her husband’s assassination and one of the lasting images of the 1960s. A book containing the transcripts of interviews with Kennedy from 1964 was released in September, 2011.

The restoration of the White House was Kennedy’s first major project as First Lady. She was dismayed during her pre-inauguration tour of the White House to find little of historic significance in the house. The rooms were furnished with undistinguished pieces that she felt lacked a sense of history. Her first efforts, begun her first day in residence (with the help of society decorator Sister Parish), were to make the family quarters attractive and suitable for family life. Among these changes was the addition of a kitchen on the family floor and rooms for her children. Upon almost immediately exhausting the funds appropriated for this effort, Kennedy established a fine arts committee to oversee and fund the restoration process and asked early American furniture expert Henry du Pont to consult.[39]

While her initial management of the project was hardly noted at the time, later accounts have noted that she managed the conflicting agendas of Parish, du Pont, and Boudin with seamless success;[40] she initiated publication of the first White House guidebook, whose sales further funded the restoration; she initiated a Congressional bill establishing that White House furnishings would be the property of the Smithsonian Institution, rather than available to departing ex-presidents to claim as their own; and she wrote personal requests to those who owned pieces of historical interest that might be, and later were, donated to the White House.[41]

On February 14, 1962, Kennedy took American television viewers on a tour of the White House with Charles Collingwood of CBS News. In the tour she said, “I just feel that everything in the White House should be the best—the entertainment that’s given here. If it’s an American company you can help, I like to do that. If not—just as long as it’s the best.”[40] Working with Rachel Lambert Mellon, she oversaw redesign and replanting of the White House Rose Garden and the East Garden, which was renamed the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden after her husband’s assassination. Her efforts on behalf of restoration and preservation at the White House left a lasting legacy in the form of the White House Historical Association, the Committee for the Preservation of the White House which was based upon her White House Furnishings Committee, a permanent Curator of the White House, the White House Endowment Trust, and the White House Acquisition Trust.[40]

Broadcasting of the White House restoration greatly helped the Kennedy administration.[40] The U.S. government sought international support during the Cold War, which it achieved by affecting public opinion. The First Lady’s celebrity and high profile status made viewing the tour of the White House very desirable. The tour was filmed and distributed to 106 countries since there was a great demand to see the film. In 1962 at the 14th Annual Emmy Awards (NBC, May 22), Bob Newhart emceed from the Hollywood Palladium; Johnny Carson from the New York Astor Hotel; and NBC newsman David Brinkley hosted at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Washington D.C., and took the spotlight as a special Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Trustees Award was given to Jacqueline Kennedy for her CBS-TV tour of the White House. Lady Bird Johnson accepted for the camera-shy First Lady. The Emmy statuette is on display in the Kennedy Library located in Boston, Massachusetts. Focus and admiration for Jacqueline Kennedy took negative attention away from her husband. By attracting worldwide public attention, the First Lady gained allies for the White House and international support for the Kennedy administration and its Cold War policies.[42]


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  1. Anka W.
    February 27th, 2013 at 17:06 | #1

    OMG, i’m not …
    OMG, i’m not suprised JFK preffered Marylin M. than her. such a bore!

  2. biancagrijalva47
    February 27th, 2013 at 17:06 | #2

    The girl looked …
    The girl looked like harry styles

  3. Matt Shaw
    February 27th, 2013 at 17:06 | #3

    Haha I love …
    Haha I love listening to JFK talk about all the visitors and him wanting to see the number double. All I can think is “Of course you do! Half the visitors you bring I’m are random girls you want to bang you player.”

  4. Poemsapennyeach
    February 27th, 2013 at 17:06 | #4

    Tamed woman of her …
    Tamed woman of her time ..she seems compelled to talk in this childlike whisper as if terrified of coming over as a WOMAN of authority.

  5. ra91342
    February 27th, 2013 at 17:06 | #5

    WOW. She memorized …
    WOW. She memorized all the artists and history of each item. NO TELEPROMTER . Amazing !

  6. ra91342
    February 27th, 2013 at 17:06 | #6

    She is very REGAL …
    She is very REGAL and Smart . I just finished reading aboook about her from the point of view of her Secret Service Agent. He said her voice was soft and he mentioned about this project.

  7. orkun keran
    February 27th, 2013 at 17:06 | #7


    February 27th, 2013 at 17:06 | #8

    I watch this when I …
    I watch this when I need to fall asleep. Listening to this debutante ramble on about every chair, every cabinet, every table, the wallpaper, etc etc, not long into this, I’m snoring away.

  9. 0561661241
    February 27th, 2013 at 17:06 | #9

    9:45 “Indians”
    9:45 “Indians”

  10. aifammafiaaifam
    February 27th, 2013 at 17:06 | #10

    i think its an …
    i think its an actress overdubbing….

  11. mackay10
    February 27th, 2013 at 17:06 | #11

    I hate her voice!!
    I hate her voice!!

  12. webglider1962
    February 27th, 2013 at 17:06 | #12

    She is speaking in …
    She is speaking in the accepted manner of the ’60’s. She was a refined woman of great taste. She also had to be careful not to appear to be bragging about her input into the decoration of the White House. She did much to preserve the historical aspects of this building. Mrs. Kennedy is owed a debt of gratitude for all her efforts. Yes I liked her very much.

  13. katiemilker
    February 27th, 2013 at 17:06 | #13

    I don’t know much …
    I don’t know much about Jackie, I know she ran like when Kennedy got shot over a boot of a car, and that after Kennedy was dead she married a billionaire, also heard she took money or something for Kennedy getting shot, in a suitcase at Jekyll Island

    Also know that if she was alive today, she would be instantly assumed to be in the industry,her voice is exactly the way actresses talk

    Was she a good person or a bad one,the conspiracies say bad, but I think she looks kind hearted.

  14. TheTrollWandering
    February 27th, 2013 at 17:06 | #14

    10/10 would wife.
    10/10 would wife.

  15. hobbitdude13
    February 27th, 2013 at 17:06 | #15

    I hope jfk comes …
    I hope jfk comes through time and kicks your ass.

  16. LarryAppleton55
    February 27th, 2013 at 17:06 | #16

    what a cunt
    what a cunt

  17. Susan Gaskin
    February 27th, 2013 at 17:06 | #17

    Her voice was …
    Her voice was typical of that time period as was the voice of the interviewer. You can almost imagine him yelling out “Leave it to Beaver”. She also sounds the way a lot of women sound when they are leaving an outgoing voice mail message. A bit fake but sweet sounding.

  18. 23SummerMoon
    February 27th, 2013 at 17:06 | #18

    This WH tour by …
    This WH tour by Jackie Kennedy was a ratings hit when it first aired in Feb 1962. It has been famous and very much discussed ever since. INFORMED people-that is-those who don’t get all their info from Fake Noise-know that. Please don’t embarrass him, not to mention yourself-by posting that he “put this film on the map. He did no such thing.

  19. gotabiscuitcan
    February 27th, 2013 at 17:06 | #19

    Bill Oreilly put …
    Bill Oreilly put this film on the map! Eat it Libs!

  20. Ивайло Стоянов
    February 27th, 2013 at 17:06 | #20

    what tha

    what tha

  21. Nunya Dambidness
    February 27th, 2013 at 17:06 | #21

    Her gentle, slow …
    Her gentle, slow voice and movement is most likely the epitome of

  22. TheDaisy1945
    February 27th, 2013 at 17:06 | #22

    I remember the …
    I remember the Jackie Kennedy tour of the white house She was instrumental in beginning the restoration of the white house She was one classy lady. Killing Kennedy is a fantastic read especially for those of us who lived thru this terrible time

  23. savgal1211
    February 27th, 2013 at 17:06 | #23

    This took 40 hrs or …
    This took 40 hrs or so to film, and Mrs Kennedy was Chain smoking her Chesterfields on MANy Breaks.. Guess her Hubby was swimming naked with his female staff and visitors, she had to do frequent head counts!! Yes, the Kennedy scum bags are/were NOTORIOUS Fornicators!!

  24. savgal1211
    February 27th, 2013 at 17:06 | #24

    Killing Kennedy, a …
    Killing Kennedy, a great book that really highlights how this made for TV show was produced!! And a great read, in general..

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