Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jackie

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jackie

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We swore fealty to her the moment she entered the public eye. She was subjected to none of the uneven press and split loyalty that has dogged Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, who died Thursday, was our national icon, womanly symbol of our cultural nobility.

She had a power over the public imagination that at times she must sorely have rued. In part, it came naturally from her pedigree and her dark, grave beauty. In part, it flowed from the events of her life, which fit the mythic frame of glory and tragedy. But in part, too, it flowed from her character: She did truly personify grace.

Born July 28, 1929, in Southhampton on Long Island, she was descended from the Lees of Virginia on her mother's side, as aristocratic a lineage as any in America. She had a cloth-of-gold upbringing. Somehow in 1953, when she married the highly eligible senator from Massachusetts, it seemed ordained, the manifest destiny of a wellborn and lovely young woman. …

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