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John F. Kennedy

How the Man Who Filmed Kennedy's Assassination Became a Part of History

Originally posted 11/22/2013 01:15PM

Abraham Zapruder's footage of President John F. Kennedy's assassination may be the most famous home movie in American history. It's also the most chilling.

In this video, journalist Richard Stolley (who later became PEOPLE magazine's founding editor) recounts how he tracked down Zapruder, an amateur film-buff, and purchased the 26-second clip for Life magazine.

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How a New Generation of Kennedys Are Making Names for Themselves

50 Years After Camelot, the New Generation of Kennedys Are Making Names for Themselves

Originally posted 11/22/2013 07:00AM

On Friday's 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, it's only natural to dwell on how the tragedy affected the nation. But while we remember and pay tribute to the charismatic 35th President half a century later, it is also relevant to assess the Kennedy legacy and look forward.

The Kennedy family has shaped the politics, news and minds of America. Their power and allure continues with the new generation of Kennedys. JFK's grandchildren, great nieces and great nephews are making names for themselves in a variety of fields. Read on to learn more about the most recent members of the Kennedy family tree, and why you should expect to see their names in the news.

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John F. Kennedy: The Lost Photos | Kennedy Assassination, John F. Kennedy

Rare and New Photos: President Kennedy Touring the U.S. in the Autumn of 1963

Originally posted 11/21/2013 01:20PM

As the nation prepares to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, it is worth remembering that we are not just mourning a death but also celebrating a remarkable life.

Our friends at LIFE recently discovered in their archives a series of rare and never-published photographs of President Kennedy in the autumn of 1963, some taken the day of Kennedy's assassination and others snapped in the weeks and months that preceded the murder.

They are portraits of a leader at the peak of his powers, and a lasting tribute to a presidency that was flourishing prior to Dealey Plaza.

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Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey Honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom

Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey Honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom

Originally posted 11/21/2013 12:15PM

Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey, both of whom rose from humble beginnings to become two of the world's most powerful and visionary leaders, were honored Wednesday by President Obama with the nation's highest civilian award: the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The honors were bestowed on a day during which Obama honored the legacy of John F. Kennedy, who created the award, by laying a wreath at the assassinated president's gravesite as a nation remembers that terrible day in Dallas a half-century ago Friday.

The day of tributes began at the White House, where Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 16 living and deceased Americans for their contributions in fields ranging from sports and entertainment to science and public service.

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Cover Story First Look: Jackie Kennedy's Private Agony

Cover Story First Look: Jackie Kennedy's Private Agony

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

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Jackie Kennedy: New Details of Her Heartbreak

Jackie Kennedy: New Details of Her Heartbreak

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.'"

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First Look: Jackie Kennedy'sPrivate Agony

First Look: Jackie Kennedy's
Private Agony

Originally posted 11/13/2013 08:00AM

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Happy 60th Anniversary: Relive JFK and Jackie's Wedding Day

JFK & Jackie's Wedding Day: A LIFE Lookback

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.

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PHOTO: Rob Lowe Looks Just Like President Kennedy | Rob Lowe

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Rob Lowe Channels President Kennedy for New TV Movie

Originally posted 06/13/2013 02:50PM

The first photo from Killing Kennedy requires a double take.

Rob Lowe, 49 – who portrays John F. Kennedy in National Geographic Channel's film adaptation of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's book, Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot – looks like the real deal as the iconic president who was assassinated in 1963 at age 46.

The film, set for a small-screen release in November, also stars Ginnifer Goodwin as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and Michelle Trachtenberg as Lee Harvey Oswald's wife, Marina Oswald.

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Inside the John F. Kennedy Auction | John F. Kennedy

Inside the John F. Kennedy Auction

Originally posted 02/16/2013 06:00AM

Check out rare mementos from JFK's life, from his pre-White House years to his final day in Dallas


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