Five decades on from her residency in the White House and Jackie Kennedy remains as fascinating as ever. Renowned for her glamorous fashion sense and tragic private life, she was recently the subject of an Oscar-nominated biopic and a series of love letters that sold for $123,000. But here are 20 more facts about her that you might not know.
20. She misbehaved at school
Long before she became a Kennedy, Jackie Bouvier was a decidedly mischievous schoolgirl. While attending Manhattan’s Chapin School, she was described by one teacher as “a darling child… and full of the devil.” Jackie’s mother believed she only played up in class because she finished her work well ahead of her fellow pupils.
19. She gave her childhood friend a White House role
Jackie eventually improved her behavior and later graduated from Connecticut’s Miss Porter’s School with an award for excellence in literature. She also remained close friends with fellow student, Nancy Tuckerman, and later employed her as a White House social secretary. Tuckerman remained Kennedy’s personal secretary until the First Lady’s death in 1994.