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Originally posted 11/13/2013 08:00AM
50 years after the Kennedy assassination, the First Lady's hidden grief is revealed – be the first to read this week's cover story
Originally posted 11/13/2013 07:30AM
When Jackie Kennedy returned to the White House in her bloodstained Chanel suit at 4 a.m. on Nov. 23, she took the elevator up to her private quarters on the third floor.
There, she sat in her bedroom and quietly confided her deepest fears to her personal assistant, Providencia Paredes, who was always by her side.
"She was scared," Paredes, 89, tells PEOPLE in a rare interview. "She cried and she said, 'I thought they might kill me too.'"
Originally posted 11/13/2013 08:00AM
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Originally posted 10/22/2013 08:00AM
Rob Lowe took a thoughtful approach to playing one of our nation's most beloved public figures, John F. Kennedy.
"I think for known figures, the key is inhabitation, not imitation," Lowe says of his transformation into the 35th President for National Geographic Channel's Killing Kennedy, based on Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's book.
It airs Nov. 10 – 12 days before the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination.
Lowe had studied the Kennedys for some time, well before he was asked to play the role.
Originally posted 09/12/2013 09:30AM
Socialite Jacqueline Bouvier married Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy, scion of the powerful Boston clan, in Newport, R.I., on Sept. 12, 1953, and though it would be another seven years before the movie-star-beautiful couple would be ready to move into the White House, it easily could be said Camelot was born on their wedding day.
"The whole affair, said one enthusiastic guest, was 'just like a coronation,' " reported LIFE magazine, America's window on the world at the time.
To mark the 60th anniversary of the nuptials, LIFE.com offers a gallery of the very best of photographer Lisa Larsen's takes from Jack and Jackie's wedding album – capturing the bride's Battenburg gown of 50 yards of material, the groom's first bite (a fruit cup) and Jackie's dance with her new father-in-law, the imposing Joseph P. Kennedy.
Originally posted 05/14/2013 10:30AM
His full name may have been Kenneth Battelle, but to a half-century's worth of fashion editors, First Ladies and society women, he was simply "Kenneth."
Sunday at his home in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., two years after his retirement, he died at age 86, his company announced to The New York Times.
Among his clients: society doyenne Brooke Astor, stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball, Joan Rivers, Judy Garland, Lauren Bacall and Audrey Hepburn, as well as Jacqueline Kennedy, whose hair was done by Kenneth right before she accompanied her husband on the fateful trip to Dallas in November 1963.
Mrs. Kennedy, even when she later became Mrs. Onassis, also continued to visit his salon just off Fifth Avenue in New York, where she was always ushered into her own private area, another client of longstanding tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 04/07/2013 12:55PM
Lillian Bostwick Phipps Pulitzer Rousseau – known since 1959, particularly in preppy enclaves, as the designer Lilly Pulitzer – died Sunday morning at her Palm Beach residence, the Palm Beach Post reports. She was 81.
She was "surrounded by family and loved ones," it was posted on her company's Facebook page, while the Post listed her survivors as her children Liza, Minnie and Peter Pulitzer, as well as her grandchildren.
Originally posted 02/15/2013 02:00PM
In 1946 congressional candidate John Kennedy knocked on the door of local political operative Dave Powers to ask for his help getting the neighborhood vote. And so began their lifelong friendship.
Few were closer to Kennedy than Powers, who became the President's special assistant – and also, says Kennedy biographer Laurence Leamer, a discreet "procurer" of women. (In her 2012 book, Kennedy mistress Mimi Alford credits Powers with arranging their trysts.) "His whole job," says Leamer, "was to protect the President's image."
Originally posted 08/27/2012 11:15AM
Heroic World War II general and president of Columbia University – and one of the best-liked American presidents – Dwight D. Eisenhower wasn't particularly known for his sense of humor, but that may change now that he is being played by Robin Williams.
As seen in this photo, Williams, 61, is made up to play Eisenhower during his White House years. Ike was 62 when first sworn in, and 71 when he handed over the reins to the 43-year-old JFK in 1961.
And the role is for The Butler, an adaptation of a Washington Post article about the real-life Eugene Allen, a White House domestic-staff member who served under eight First Families. Forest Whitaker plays Allen and Oprah Winfrey will play his wife.
Originally posted 08/15/2012 05:20PM
Playing the role of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is no easy task – and an impressive list of actresses have portrayed the former First Lady onscreen, including Katie Holmes in The Kennedys last year. And now a new star can add Jackie O. to her resume: Minka Kelly.
The Friday Night Lights actress, 32, is set to appear as Onassis in The Butler, which premieres in 2013 and stars James Marsden as John F. Kennedy.
Kelly was recently snapped in full Jackie O garb with Marsden on the film's New Orleans set, which recalls a similar picture of Holmes in costume last year.
Do you think Kelly has what it takes to play the beloved Jackie O? Or did Holmes look better as the wife of the 35th President of the United States?
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