After the death of President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Jackie Kennedy left the White House and moved to 1040 Fifth Avenue. By moving to Manhattan's Upper East Side, Jackie hoped that New Yorkers would give her privacy as she grieved her husband's death. In this luxurious apartment, Jackie learned to live a new normal as she raised her children and found love again. Jackie and her children left 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but this apartment became their true home.
On August 7, 1963, Jacqueline
Kennedy rushed her baby boy, Patrick, to Children's Hospital in Boston. Sadly,
Patrick died two days later from a serious lung ailment. Before Jackie even had
time to grieve the loss of her baby boy, Jackie became a widow three
months later as she witnessed her husband's assassination. At the age of
34, Jackie Kennedy buried a child and became a widow. Despite these agonizing
hardships, Jackie summoned her inner strength and maintained her poise.
Since she was no longer America's first lady,
Jackie and her two children moved out of the White House and began their search
for a new home. After living at several places, Jackie and her children
eventually called 1040 Fifth Avenue their new home. This four-bedroom apartment
included several staff rooms, a library, and even a wine cellar. For the next
31 years, this apartment would be her home.
these 31 years, Jackie continued to live a fulfilling life. In 1968, she
married the Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. Even though the
media and the Roman Catholic Church ridiculed Jackie for marrying a Greek Orthodox, Jackie and Aristotle remained married for seven
years. Unfortunately, Aristotle died in 1975, leaving Jackie as a widow for a
second time. Even though she encountered another tragedy, Jackie continued to
make the most of her life by pursuing a career. Most people label Jackie as
John F. Kennedy's wife; however, she was also a standout student who excelled
in writing stories and learning foreign languages. Jackie utilized these
special skills when she went to work for The Viking Press in
New York City, and she eventually worked as a senior editor for Doubleplay.
years filled with many adventures, heartbreaks, and accomplishments, Jackie Kennedy Onassis died from non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer at the age of 64
on May 19, 1994. Her spokesperson, Nancy Tuckerman, reported that she
died in the apartment that she called home. During her final days, Jackie was
surrounded by her children and family. Following her death, Americans were
heartbroken to lose a cultural icon who had the perfect combination of beauty and brains. President Bill Clinton stated, More than any other
woman of her time, she captivated our nation and the world with her
intelligence, elegance, and grace.”
of her apartment, people placed candles to honor her life and legacy. Even
though Jackie Kennedy Onassis lost her battle with cancer, she won the hearts
of countless people across the globe.