The Most Outstanding Woman In The World.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

"She did it her own way and in her own terms."
-John Jr Kennedy.

Upon finishing Sarah Bradford’s definitive biography: America’s Queen- The life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, I decided to dedicate a second post to Jackie Kennedy. Although previously documenting her younger ‘Inquiring Photographer’ days, I was absolutely inspired to read about how even in the twilight of her life, Jackie Kennedy was able to ‘break the nations heart and hold the country together’. In particular, I found Sarah Bradford’s conclusion, ‘Pilgram’s End’, most moving of all. For instance:

"She went out with her usual courage and style."-Maurice Tempelsman.

“She went out with her usual courage and style.”-Maurice Tempelsman.

‘Courage, style but also with the sense of ritual and of theatre that had always attended her. TV lights lit up the night and hundreds of people crowded at a respectful distance outside the building. Inside 1040 Fifth Avenue, America’s Queen had met her death serenely, lying in her elegant bed, surrounded by her family and staff, attended by a few chosen friends. It was a scene that, over the ages, had attended the passing of kings, emperors, queens. Outside commentators were struggling to explain why this was happening in democratic America, why so many people mourned the disappearance of a rich, sixty-four-year old woman.

To the mourners Jackie was inextricably bound up with the history of their country and their time, an image of a better America that perhaps had existed only in their minds. She had been part of their lives for more than thirty years. The drawn face they saw in photographs taken in her last days had been real, no longer a beautiful mask. As her friend Edna O’Brien said, it was “the face of a woman who had indeed lived life and was about to live death…”. The nymph of Central Park, whose essence they had never really captured, had vanished before their eyes.’

-Sarah Bradford, America’s Queen- The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.


About Feminism Through Cinema and Literature

Hi, its Tia. From Cambridge, England. Avid reader, film watcher and feminist. Studying for an undergraduate degree in English Literature at York St John University. The tone of my blog has hopefully developed into a more literary and critical analysis of female roles in cinema and literature. This is a development that I hope to continue as I progress with my studies. Hope you enjoy my blog and do feel free to leave a comment.
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2 Responses to The Most Outstanding Woman In The World.

  1. hunterb31 says:

    A very good read, Jackie O. is definitely a favorite of mine.


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