Friday, November 22, 2013

Americana: The Many Portrayals of Jackie Kennedy

Oh, Jackie O...

So today is the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination. Whilst many will pay tribute to the American president, I decided somebody should pay tribute to his iconically stylish wife: Jackie Kennedy Onassis.

Jackie O was just about as known for her style as Michelle O is nowadays; impeccably elegant, sophisticated and appropriate. But you know what is bizarre? There have been no major biopics about her life (and style).

Sure, there have been a string of TV representations and brief side-character representations in films of her (such as Katie Holmes in the TV mini-series The Kennedys (2011) Ginnifer Goodwin in the TV movie Killing Kennedy (2013), Minka Kelly in The Butler (2013) and a bunch of others), but not a single Oscar-worthy film about her.

Very strange and quite shocking. Something should be done about this.

Other actresses who have played her include Jaclyn Smith (in Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (1981), a TV movie) and Jacqueline Bisset (in America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story (2003), also a TV movie). 

Hollywood just needs to find a great actress whose name is Jacqueline/Jaclyn/Jackie and get started with this film already. It's about time.

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