They have been called American royalty and have been the subject of many a discussion since becoming part of the public gaze. John F. Kennedy and Jackie had the style, grace, and character to be Hollywood stars. Instead they were cast as President and First Lady. Despite the media circus that surrounded them in life and in death, there are a few facts here and there about the power couple which may surprise you still. Read on to find out some little-known facts about this glamorous duo.
9) They Were Both Writers
Writing was important to both John and Jackie. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his book, Profiles in Courage in 1957, though later admissions revealed that he had hired two writers to help him with the book, and that he had only written drafts for the first and last chapters of the book. Rumors are that he also had worked on a spy novel, in which Johnson played a character.
Refusing to marry the first man she was engaged to for fear that she might be pressured to become a housewife, Jackie’s attitude towards work was a very serious one. She felt that working was extremely important for her. Before her marriage to JFK, she worked as a reporter and photographer for the Washington Times, even interviewing Nixon years before he would run against her future husband in the presidential election. She authored one book and even turned down a Vogue magazine editor position she had won. And, she maintained her job as an editor from 1975 until she died in 1994.
8) Multiple Languages
Jackie spoke several languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, and Polish. She used her skill with languages to deliver speeches in France and to film campaign ads in Spanish for her husband. Her knowledge of languages was a great asset to him before and after the election, though JFK never learned any other languages besides English.
7) JFK and His Cigars
Petit Upmann was his brand and he was going to smoke those cigars: embargo or none! Just hours before signing the Proclamation 3447, which would ban all Cuban products from the United States, President Kennedy asked his head of press, Pierre Salinger, to acquire for him 1,000 Cuban cigars of the aforementioned brand. Salinger delivered 200 more cigars than the president had asked him to and JFK signed the agreement shortly after being notified that the cigars had been acquired.