Here’s How Jackie Kennedy’s Relatives Fell From Grace And Went From Riches To A Life Of Handouts

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They came from a wealthy family and grew up in the lap of luxury. But eventually, Jackie Kennedy’s aunt and cousin had a spectacular fall from grace. And the First Lady’s relatives would go on to become a subject of fascination because of their unusual lifestyles.

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Born Jacqueline Lee Bouvier on July 28, 1929, Jackie Kennedy originally came from Southhampton, New York. Her mother worked with horses and her father was a successful share broker. She went to Vassar College before transferring to George Washington University, from which she graduated with a degree in French literature in 1951.

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After completing her studies, Jackie had obtained a job interviewing and photographing inhabitants of Washington. And it was one year following her graduation that she went to a dinner that changed everything. There, Jackie met John F. Kennedy, then a congressman who had grown up in Massachusetts.

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