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Just Jackie Her Private Years Edward Klein author Like many other Americans my fascination with Camelot and with the Kennedy family has been apparent since I first heard of the legacy One of the most breathtaking and admiral women to grace the earth in the last century has been Jacqueline Lee Bouvier whom married the most famous of all the Kennedys Jack When Jack was inaugurated president in 1961 the White House and nation was brought a beautiful young wife and the first young children of the President in over half a century As the First Lady Jackie brought beauty intelligence and cultivated taste Jackie born in 1929 was the daughter of John Vernon Bouvier and his wife Janet Lee Her early years were divided between New York City and East Hampton Long Island where she learned to ride almost as soon as she could walk She was educated at the very best of private school She learned to write poems and stories draw illustrations for them and studied classical ballet Her mother obtained a divorce from Jackies father and remarried Hugh D Auchincloss in 1942 The change brought Jackie and her younger sister Lee to a home near Washington DC called Merrywood Jacqueline was named the Debutante of the year for the 1947-1948 season but still after all her success socially she continued her education As a young girl Jackies father taught her that the way women gained power would be by associating themselves with powerful men In many ways it seemed as Jackie and her father were more like confidants rather then father and daughter Being the child of a verbal alcoholic father Jackie had learned to block things out at a young age She spent her adult life striving to do this and trying to please her mother She spent her junior year in college in France as a Vassar University student and traveled extensively These travels left her with
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