First Lady Extraordinaire: The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Quiz

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About This Quiz

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was the better half of the legend we know as Camelot. She's in a league all her own — a first lady, style icon, mother and tenacious promoter of culture, history and arts. Take this quiz to see how much you know about her.

What was Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' maiden name?

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was born in 1929 into the Bouvier family.

How old was Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis when her parents divorced?

John and Janet Bouvier divorced when Jackie was just 10 years old.

Where did Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis attend college abroad?

Jackie studied history, literature, art and French at Vassar College in New York, but she spent her junior year abroad in Paris.

True or false: Jackie was working as a magazine editor when she met John F. Kennedy.

She was actually working as the "inquiring camera girl" for the Washington Times-Herald newspaper.

When did Jackie marry John F. Kennedy?

Jackie and John F. Kennedy married on Sept. 12, 1953, at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island.

How many children did Jacqueline have with John F. Kennedy?

The couple had four children: a stillborn child in 1956, Caroline in 1957, John in 1960 and Patrick who died soon after birth in 1963.

True or false: Before meeting John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was engaged to another man.

Jackie was briefly engaged to a World War II veteran and Wall Street banker named John Husted but abruptly called off the wedding after having reservations about the marriage.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis encouraged John F. Kennedy to write this book about several U.S. senators who risked their careers to fight for what they believed in.

"Profiles in Courage" was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1957.

Complete this quote from John F. Kennedy: "I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to ____, and I have enjoyed it."

Jackie's popularity around the world prompted John F. Kennedy to say he was the man who accompanied her to Paris.

How many languages was Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis fluent in?

As a lifelong student of foreign cultures, Jackie became fluent in French, Spanish and Italian.

How old was Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis when she became first lady?

On Jan. 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy became the 35th president, and at age 31, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis became the first lady.

True or false: While first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis visited 10 foreign countries.

First lady Jackie Kennedy accompanied John F. Kennedy to France, Austria, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Columbia, and she traveled as first lady to Italy, Pakistan and India.

After the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, who did Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis choose to design the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum?

Jackie chose architect I.M. Pei to design the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, which now serves as a memorial and overlooks Boston Harbor.

After the state funeral of John F. Kennedy, how long did Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis remain in mourning?

Jackie remained in mourning for a year after JFK's funeral. She made only one public appearance in that year, to participate in a mass that marked his 47th birthday.

True or false: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis refused to change her bloodstained pink dress on the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.

Lady Bird Johnson asked Jackie if she wanted a fresh outfit, but Jackie supposedly declined, saying “oh no, I want them to see what they’ve done to Jack.” The bloodstained suit is now held in the National Archives.

While first lady, what historical association did Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis establish?

She founded the White House Historical Association in 1961 to help the White House collect and exhibit the best artifacts of American history and culture and to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the White House.

True or false: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis also established the White House Fine Arts Committee, whose sole goal is still collecting works by the country's finest artists for the executive mansion.

The White House's collection of fine arts owes its existence to many people, but it was Jackie Kennedy Onassis who first enlisted the aid of art experts, established a White House Fine Arts Committee and created the post of White House curator while first lady.

After Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' project to restore and preserve the White House, how many Americans watched her television broadcast tour showing off the new rooms?

On Feb. 14 1962, the first lady gave a televised tour of the newly restored White House. At least 80 million Americans tuned in, earning her an honorary Emmy Award.

What year did Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis marry Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis?

Jackie married Aristotle Onassis in 1968, five years after John F. Kennedy's death. Onassis died seven years later, leaving Jackie a widow for the second time.

Many people considered Jackie O a style icon. Which of the following were some of her favorite designers?

Some of the designers Jackie O loved to wear include Oleg Cassini, Coco Chanel, Hubert de Givenchy and Christian Dior.

True or false: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis returned to the working world as an editor for New York publishing houses Viking and Simon & Schuster.

Jackie served as editor at Viking Press and then senior editor at Doubleday until her death on May 19, 1994.

What was one of Jackie Kennedy Onassis's most well-kept vices?

Jackie Kennedy Onassis had a three-pack-a-day habit that lasted for over forty years. Photos of her smoking exist, but they are extremely rare.

What paparazzo did Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis successfully take to court in 1972 and receive a restraining order against?

A paparazzo named Ron Galella spent five years following Jackie O's every move, even after she won a restraining order against him that required he stay 25 feet (8 meters) away from her.

True or false: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was the editor of Michael Jackson's memoir.

Jackson's memoir "Moonwalk" was originally published in 1988 by then-Doubleday editor Jackie Kennedy.

What famous New York Beaux-Arts building did Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis help save from demolition?

After moving to New York City following JFK's assassination, Jackie partnered with The Municipal Art Society to create the Committee to Save Grand Central Station.

True or false: In 2014 the Metropolitan Transportation Authority honored Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis by renaming the entrance to Grand Central Station in her honor.

The entrance at Park Avenue and East 42nd Street was renamed the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Foyer and features a large plaque bronze relief of Onassis and a description of her role in saving the terminal.

What New York center has a medal named for Jackie Kennedy Onassis?

The Municipal Art Society awards the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal — its highest honor — to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to New York City. The medal bears her name in recognition of her tireless efforts to preserve and protect New York's great architecture.

What other national landmarks did Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis have a hand in preserving?

Jackie advocated the restoration of Pennsylvania Avenue, which included Lafayette Square and the Renwick Building. But her efforts extended outside of the United States as well. She helped with the rescue of the ancient Egyptian temples at Abu Simbel, which were threatened by floodwaters created by the Aswan Dam.

When did Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis die?

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died in her New York City home on May 19, 1994.

Where is Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis buried?

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is buried beside John F. Kennedy in Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington.

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