From First Lady to Jackie O

From First Lady to Jackie O

Everyone knows Jackie Kennedy Onassis was married to two of the 20th century’s most powerful men, but lesser known are the five incredible years between those marriages when she was on her own. "Jackie: Her Transformation from First Lady to Jackie O," the spectacular new book from Paul Brandus of West Wing Reports, is now a podcast that tells the story of this often-overlooked yet deeply formative era.Find more information on the book and purchase it here.

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February 3, 2021 21 min

After yet another tragic loss, Jackie was ready to live life on her own terms. She was through with shouldering the burden of living as others thought she should— of leading a life that they, and not she, deemed suitable. She knew what she wanted to do.

This podcast is a companion to Paul Brandus's book, "Jackie: Her Transformation from First Lady to Jackie O," now available in stores and online. 


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As 1967 wound down, Jackie remained wildly popular with the American public, and seemed to be enjoying herself— and why not? The assassination was now four years in the rear view mirror and she was in a new relationship. She was happy and life was good... but not for long.

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January 6, 2021 23 min

By 1966, Jackie wasn’t ON the A-list— she WAS the A-list. But it wasn’t all fun and games: between public scandal over “The Death of a President” and shifting national priorities during the Vietnam War, Jackie became more of a tabloid celebrity than an immaculate national icon. But that didn’t stop her from having fun— maybe even too much.

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December 23, 2020 20 min

Writing The Death of a President had been exhausting and heartbreaking. When he was finished, author William Manchester thought his troubles were over. In fact, they were only just beginning. And for Jackie, the book’s looming publication would bring new troubles... and the first dent in her once untouchable image.

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December 9, 2020 18 min

Jackie’s priorities in the mid-1960s were often in conflict: she yearned to move on from her once-Presidential life, but had a duty to memorialize and honor her husband. Still only in her mid-30s, culture was changing all around Jackie, and inspired her to continue to break free of her own past in her own way. 

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October 28, 2020 19 min

Election night 1964 was a huge landslide for Lyndon Johnson as the Kennedy White House receded further into the rear view mirror. As Jackie settled further into her life in New York, she was determine to stay out of the limelight. This, in essence was her philosophy as she strove to get on with life and forget about her painful past. 

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October 14, 2020 19 min

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier had arrived in the nation’s capital in the Fall of 1950 as an anonymous college student. Now, less than 14 years later— the most famous woman in the world— she decided to flee DC and its now painful memories for her hometown of New York City.

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September 30, 2020 21 min

Jacqueline Kennedy was not doing well six months after the assassiation: the endless loop of crying, drinking, nightmares, reliving those fateful seconds in Dallas over and over in her mind… Americans had no idea had bad it was, nor did they know how isolated she was. And so the president’s widow, all alone, spiraled downward and began contemplating the unthinkable.

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September 16, 2020 22 min

The Kennedy era began with such high hopes— no one could have predicted that it would have ended with Jackie burying two of her four children alongside their murdered father. It was time to leave the White House— but where would Jackie and her kids go next?

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After the assassination of her husband, Jackie Kennedy was unhappy that journalists were beginning to write assessments of his presidency, deciding for themselves how his time in the White House would be remembered. In fact, she had her own idea of what his legacy should be— so she took matters into her own hands.


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August 19, 2020 14 min

If you stood the handsome and charming President John F. Kennedy next to the squat and abrasive Greek business tycoon Aristotle Onassis, you might assume they had nothing in commonbut in fact, they were both wealthy, hyper-competitive, and big time womanizers, stopping at nothing to get whatever—and whoever—they desired. And Jackie, always razor-sharp, saw all of this... and was attracted to it. 


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July 30, 2020 1 min

Everyone knows Jackie Kennedy Onassis was married to two of the 20th century’s most powerful men, but lesser known are the five incredible years between those marriages when she was on her own. Jackie — the spectacular new book from Paul Brandus — is now a podcast, and tells the story of her transformation from First Lady to Jackie O.

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