Jacqueline Kennedy: White House Tour - Documentary Film

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Jacqueline "Jackie" Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (July 28, 1929 -- May 19, 1994) was the wife of the 35th President of the U.S., John F. Kennedy, and First Lady of the U.S. during his presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. More: /> Five years later she married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis; they remained married until his death in 1975. For the final two decades of her life, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had a career as a book editor. She is remembered for her contributions to the arts and preservation of historic architecture, her style, elegance, and grace. A fashion icon, her famous pink Chanel suit has become a symbol of her husband's assassination and one of the lasting images of the 1960s. A book containing the transcripts of interviews with Kennedy from 1964 was released in September, 2011. The restoration of the White House was Kennedy's first major project as First Lady. She was dismayed during her pre-inauguration tour of the White House to find little of historic significance in the house. The rooms were furnished with undistinguished pieces that she felt lacked a sense of history. Her first efforts, begun her first day in residence (with the help of society decorator Sister Parish), were to make the family quarters attractive and suitable for family life. Among these changes was the addition of a kitchen on the family floor and rooms for her children. Upon almost immediately exhausting the funds appropriated for this effort, Kennedy established a fine arts committee to oversee and fund the restoration process and asked early American furniture expert Henry du Pont to consult.[39] While her initial management of the project was hardly noted at the time, later accounts have noted that she managed the conflicting agendas of Parish, du Pont, and Boudin with seamless success;[40] she initiated publication of the first White House guidebook, whose sales further funded the restoration; she initiated a Congressional bill establishing that White House furnishings would be the property of the Smithsonian Institution, rather than available to departing ex-presidents to claim as their own; and she wrote personal requests to those who owned pieces of historical interest that might be, and later were, donated to the White House.[41] On February 14, 1962, Kennedy took American television viewers on a tour of the White House with Charles Collingwood of CBS News. In the tour she said, "I just feel that everything in the White House should be the best—the entertainment that's given here. If it's an American company you can help, I like to do that. If not—just as long as it's the best."[40] Working with Rachel Lambert Mellon, she oversaw redesign and replanting of the White House Rose Garden and the East Garden, which was renamed the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden after her husband's assassination. Her efforts on behalf of restoration and preservation at the White House left a lasting legacy in the form of the White House Historical Association, the Committee for the Preservation of the White House which was based upon her White House Furnishings Committee, a permanent Curator of the White House, the White House Endowment Trust, and the White House Acquisition Trust.[40] Broadcasting of the White House restoration greatly helped the Kennedy administration.[40] The U.S. government sought international support during the Cold War, which it achieved by affecting public opinion. The First Lady's celebrity and high profile status made viewing the tour of the White House very desirable. The tour was filmed and distributed to 106 countries since there was a great demand to see the film. In 1962 at the 14th Annual Emmy Awards (NBC, May 22), Bob Newhart emceed from the Hollywood Palladium; Johnny Carson from the New York Astor Hotel; and NBC newsman David Brinkley hosted at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Washington D.C., and took the spotlight as a special Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Trustees Award was given to Jacqueline Kennedy for her CBS-TV tour of the White House. Lady Bird Johnson accepted for the camera-shy First Lady. The Emmy statuette is on display in the Kennedy Library located in Boston, Massachusetts. Focus and admiration for Jacqueline Kennedy took negative attention away from her husband. By attracting worldwide public attention, the First Lady gained allies for the White House and international support for the Kennedy administration and its Cold War policies.[42]

Boho Hobo
Why is it that everyone back in the day seemed to talk so soft and almost with an accent on some letters? When did that stop? It was nice.
*Damn...Jackie Kennedy gave a pretty accurate Natalie Portman impersonation. :b*
Alexus Rivera
is it just me or does jackie's voice give you that soothing feeling?
Robert Muir
Ay yo i'm Jackie Kennedy, and this is my criiiiiib
Lucas Dunker
So cool watching this after watching "Jackie"!
Lumi Mitchell
...this is who JFK felt the need to cheat on? She's stunning, fascinating and and a charming lady. I'll never understand people with wonderful spouses who cheat, particularly with people like Monroe.
Fabian Carreon
her voice is so soothing ! she always makes me sleepy
She had a very sweet and nice voice..very relaxed.
Chris Allen
There has never been or ever will be a woman of such Grace, Beauty, and Style in the White House.
I love the moments when the smile on her face genuinely showed her passion and dedication to her project. Bravo, Mrs. Kennedy.
Yo Daddy 9999
She speaks as if reading a fairy tale to her children.
She took her job as FIrst Lady so seriously. She was one of a kind. Beautiful woman.
Marie Bellucci
What a gorgeous voice!!!! <3
Stefany Gv
Seen this after seen Jackie makes Natalie's performance so much amazing... her accent and even her moves and how she walks was perfect
Jackie was such a beautiful First Lady, her voice is so soothing. I could listen to her speak all day, She made the White House a beautiful place like it is today. No wonder it was considered Camelot, they definitely brought elegance to the White House.
Les Amis de la cuisine provençale
Natalie Portman imitated her voice and it's absolutly gorgeous !
She was so passionate about the White House and preserving American history. After Eleanor Roosevelt, my favorite First Lady, she made such a wonderful addition to the White House, the role of the First Lady, and making the White House the people's house. She doesn't really get the credit that she deserves.
i could listen to this lady talk all day. her voices gives me the chills
Richie Bustamante
They talk so different from us today.. very kind and cute.
Her voice is so soothing ahhhh! Helps me sleep
Valar Morghulis
I grew up on cape cod, where the Kennedy family often lives, and it was cool to see their houses and see different family members in public. everyone loves Jackie. All of the women in my family talked about her.  My Grandpa even helped one of the Kennedy women who was kayaking by herself in the bay and was having troubles lol
Tam Raaah
She was so pretty. She was beaming on this video. She really liked talking about the White House
Jason Rosha
She is stunning, with grace and measured poise. Its aesthetically very pleasing. But I will argue that that is hardly a necessary virtue for the role of first lady. I appreciate a role model who demonstrates intellectual ability, empathy, and attentiveness to the issues of the world. Which is not to say she didn't possess it, but the were clearly undervalued qualities of the time.
Her voice is wild. Jackie Kennedy definitely knew her history. She was very thorough.
This was back when all first ladies had class and poise, they were articulate, graceful and cultured. Remember that era? What the hell happened?
This woman had such a magnetic glow and charm and her voice is better than a warm glass of milk. She was also very beautiful.
Portman ridiculously exaggerated the way she talked in Jackie.
Pete Brewer
I find Jacqueline's voice so soothing.
Leila Mulia
Who else is here after watching Jackie?
Sp33dracer 812
I saw Jackie today, I got to say that the movie and Nat Port got her and this tour exactly perfect!!!
Deneka Lewis
NATALIE PORTMAN is magnificent as Jackie. She captured her so well.
The Slayer
My favorites bit is when she says "I don't know! That's such a complicated question, I just think everything in the Whitehouse should be the best". She's dodging a touchy socialist question, separating herself from serious politics, and being patriotic in wanting the best for the Whitehouse.
WHO wrote the subtitles ??????? A person who could not speak English?
greenday lover
I just got back from seeing Jackie and I thought Natalie Portman was spot on!
Christina Archer
I remember seeing this when I was a child.  She was beautiful.
Barbara Woodward
God I hate to think of what the white trash in the White House now are doing to these treasures? Probably will paint them all with gold leaf..then steal them...
Shiloh Willis
she's precious. I had to get used to her speaking at first. but now I have to agree that it's a very gentle soothing sound. love u, Jackie
mrs trump: here, is the bedroom where... trump: old stuff! get it out, get it out now! mrs trump: the men are here with the sign for the roof darling... trump: too small! get it out!
L.F. Thornton
I agree this is not so much mid-Atlantic as upper class New York. I am soft spoken as she is, but my accent is influenced from living in the South and in Jamaica/ I really love the way she sounds -- such a contrast to the terrible way young women speak these days: Vocal fry. That clipped chewing up of words that now prevails -- is it from California? I don't know, but the SNL spoof on The Californians provides a very exaggerated version of it. Plus, they say "literally," "actually," "amazing," and "like" until I cannot listen to them anymore. I wish people would go back to elocution lessons. I don't mind accents but the current mode of speaking, especially among young women, is so grating. I am impressed about how many people commenting here mention how soothing Jackie's voice is. I remember that from when I saw this program as a young girl. We were all surprised at the way she spoke, as no one in the public had ever heard her before.
Jacqueline Kennedy was the female role model of the 60's. Now we have our youth looking up to Niki Minaj and her demoralizing filth.
Mari Osuna
My goodness she was smart and elegant. Now that is what a first lady should be like not the dumb gold digger we have today.
Melody Foulk Manwaring
It is very interesting to watch this, but the captioning is terrible.
Imzadi Beloved
This is a wonderful piece of history , where we get to know JACQUELINE KENNEDY .what am amazing woman !!!!
Christopher Kinzig
She took me on a personal tour all those years ago...I fell in love with White House History.
msjuicy ツ
Hard to see but I'm in love with the house in Jackie the movie if it really looked like that then wow
Mrs. Kennedy is the classiest first Lady ever a real lady who stood as a symbol all by herself 
Jeff Harris
Who wrote those ridiculous captions?
_Magenta Arrow_
After watching "Jackie" Natalie Portman nailed Mrs Kennedy's accent!!!
Fascinating.  Thanks for posting.  For any "Grey Gardens" fans out there, you can sure hear some of Little Edie's vocal mannerisms in Jackie.
mags _
Everyone saying her voice is so beautiful and soothing....and all I can hear is Edith and Edie in Grey Gardens 😬😬
MattMan Reviews
Natalie Portman really screwed up
Maria Sim
I came here after watching Jackie. And oh-my-god, Natalie is just so incredible, I am mindblown.
She had such class and style, and a beautiful soft voice, wonderful.
Marcus Crassus
JFK was pretty eloquent even when speaking informally with no script.
I wonder who underwrites the White House home owners insurance
Owen Berg
Jackie's voice was just SO soothing and relaxing
robert glenn
Consider as one listens to this wonderful tour through mid-20th century history how historically literate Jackie was. She was quite mindful of what she was offering during this tour and what it meant...her knowledge of the Napoleonic era and so forth. She was a walking, talking library of knowledge and born of a majestic beauty. Consider, then subsequent First Ladies....compared to Jackie; all have been nothing more than spoiled housewives, alcoholics and political hacks. Rosalind Carter is the only one who strikes me as erudite and beyond the moronity that characterizes Lady Bird Shit Johnson, Pat "How did I end up marrying a fucking  "yes, he is a maniacal crook" Nixon, Betty "gimme another vodka straight up" Ford and the worst and most arrogant bitches of them all, Nancy "Just Say No Unless I Say Otherwise" Reagan,  "Easy to Nail" Bush Babes, "Heil, Hillary the Nazi and Obama Dama Ding Dong. Indeed, Jackie Kennedy was the first and last of truely worthy First Ladies.
Nath Anter
she has that Audrey Hepburnesque voice.....
genneral edmond
Jacqueline Kennedy strategically elaborated on how beautiful the White House household was. She had a hand in some of the decorating at the White House. However, she only told half the History of the White house truth. Construction of the White house was in 1792. The main residence, as well as foundations of the house, were built largely by enslaved and African American laborers, as well as employed Europeans. I commend her on her expertise and intellectual art fundamentals. Rip Mrs. Kennedy.
She is the epitome of American class. Michelle Obama is next in line. Modern day class. Lovely to the max...
Genevieve Lee
why does she sound like Marilyn Monroe?
Liz Von Villas
"May none but honest and wise men reside under this roof" :(
Maggi V
I hope no one is depending on the subtitles for accuracy.
John F. Kennedy Jr. definitely took after his mother.
Kelly oxo
I could probably paint that on my walls, no one in my family likes murals on their walls. o_o Wow so neat she did that. Kind of a history lesson when you walk in the room.
Terry Westbrook-Lienert
Our youngest First Lady, giving a televised tour of the newly refurbished White House.
Ben Wherlock
I just watched this for the subtitles! :D
Brendan Hensler
Anyone else see this in season 2 of mad men and came to see the whole thing?
Chris Canale
love Jackie
veronica moreno
she amazes with her knowledge of art and history. lovely
Alexandra Keleti
The White House is getting redone again. It's getting a new paint job, a new carpet, and new chandeliers. Otta be beautiful.
Nancy Chen
Oy, I watched this for almost 30 minutes before realizing it was on much better streaming quality on Hulu. Do yourself a favor and watch it on Hulu (even if you have to make a new friend and borrow that friend's password, it's worth it).
Sohaib A
I'd love to see Melania do something like this
She's beautiful!
Alberto Ascari
Wow Natalie Portman nailed this.
"The British added to the flames by burning the White House..." OMG. WTF kind of macabre reference is that? Was she trying to be funny?
I'm listening to this every night and her voice makes my sleepy so smooth, love her voice.
JFK comes in at 49:00
If anyone who watched jackie natalie portman did a very bad impression of her anyone else think that sounded nothing like her haha
Must have had a shot of those special "vitamins" that day. LOL !
Leila Mulia
7:40 wow exactly the same as in the movie...
Firstly Lasty
John Kennedy's eyes creep me out
My goodness she is soothing. I’m falling asleep. Such a Heavenly voice
newt nevesyt
This documentary was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner.  Six years later, he directed "Planet of the Apes."  Two years after that, he won the Oscar for directing George C. Scott in "Patton."
Pat McTallica
Oh those dreamers! Mss. Kennedy was a selfish, narcissistic human being. Over decades i did not understand the hype to her. she was just normal looking ( :) an icon) and had no heartfull radiations. She only took what John F. let show her, because her love to her and her image was stronger. She never would fell in love to a normal guy and if, she never would take a percentage like she took from John. Funny and these days the circle of ideas were closed by how her marrige to Onassis was and how much money she took and wasted!!!!!
Julie K Munden
My daughter is portraying Jackie for a school project! ♥️♥️♥️ Jackie
flower of the valley
she was trying to speak like marilyn Monroe😂😂😂😂😂
Griselda Torres
I listen to Jackie Kennedy voice every single night just so I can fall asleep.
May Short
I am seriously so surprised Obama didn't have an MTV cribs White house episode. Lol
Steve Matthews
Fascinating to watch this after viewing the movie 'Jackie'.Natalie Portman clearly studied this footage closely though I still found her performance stilted.
24:18 The mantel inscription ..."May none but honest & wise men ever rule under this roof". I can imagine the whispers among the dinner guests should #45 ever host a meal in the State Dining Room
Chloe Grieshaber
73 Questions With Jackie Kennedy | Vogue
Joe Guzman
Why did the clintons kept some of the paintings when they left the Whitehouse ,i remember Hillary said they were given to them .
Dasha Perekhodova
I wonder who are those 89 people who did not like this? this is iconic.
I wonder: does she have half a brain? Or do presidential women supose to talk like her?
Tom Rose
Jackie was born exactly 71 years before me, mental
Ok, so it was totally overacting