Jackie the Greek: the Onassis marriage and the hellenization of an American icon

Author: Wills, David
Source document: Neograeca Bohemica. 2020, vol. 20, iss. [1], pp. [9]-23
Extent
[9]-23
  • ISSN
    1803-6414 (print)
    2694-913X (online)
Type
Article
Language
English
Abstract(s)
A 1968 series of satirical audio sketches concerning the marriage and lifestyle of Aristotle Onassis and Jacqueline Kennedy provides an opportunity to re-examine the reputation of this famous couple. These recordings connect with well-known negative assumptions – both in the contemporaneous media and in the previously restricted governmental files from the British National Archives used here – about Kennedy's cynicism and Onassis' Greek heritage. It will also be argued here that Jackie's attempts to engage with Greece, especially Modern Greece, were a deliberate choice as part of her new identity, but in reality merely contributed to her damaged image.
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