Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Published in 1988, Michael Jackson's autobiography was edited by which famous person?

And the answer: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

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At the time, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was an editor at the Doubleday publishing house. As part of their agreement, Jackson asked Onassis to be the editor and to write the forward to the book. Shortly after its release, the book reached number one on the New York Times Best Seller list.

Onassis, perhaps better known as Jackie O, was highly regarded in her lifetime. From a young age, Onassis' early skills as an equestrian, her excellence in school, and her aptitude for language put her ahead of her classmates and peers, and soon landed her success in the journalism and photography industry. In 1951, she was hired in her first job as an Inquiring Photographer for the Washington Times-Herald. Roving around the city, she took pictures of people she encountered, asked them questions on the issues of the day, and wove their answers into her newspaper column. Among those she interviewed for her column was Richard M. Nixon. She also covered the first inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower and the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Jackie O was also known as fashion icon. In her first year as First Lady of the United States, she reportedly spent $45,000 over the $100,000 salary her husband, John F. Kennedy, earned as president. Her style contributed to revolutionary advances in the fashion industry, popularizing styles that have since been canonized as her own. The pillbox hat, shown below, is just one example. Famously, Onassis was wearing one atop an all-pink outfit the day of Kennedy's assassination.

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As First Lady, Jackie O brought a new, vivacious spirit into the White House. With expensive renovations and scores of dinners hosting poets, artists, and musicians, Jackie O brought an emphasis on arts and culture into the White House that had been long neglected. World-renowned violinist Isaac Stern wrote to Mrs. Kennedy to thank her:

"It would be difficult to tell you how refreshing, how heartening it is to find such serious attention and respect for the arts in the White House. To many of us it is one of the most exciting developments on the present American cultural scene."

Jackie O is forever remembered as a forward-thinking cultural visionary. Read more about her here.


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