Saturday, February 9, 2013

And the Emmy goes to....

You got it: Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy.

In 1962, Jackie participated in an hour-long TV documentary, A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy. The program highlighted Jackie's efforts and accomplishments in her White House Restoration project. Upon her first visit to the White House, Jackie was appalled. She even described its furnishings as though they'd been purchased "from a dime-store basement." She was determined to make sure the White House properly represented American history and showcased meaingful items. She was the first lady ever to pour such care and time into an intimidating endeavor. Although the program was televised in black-and-white, below is a photo from the day of filming. Beside Jackie is her co-host for the show, Charles Collingwood. All three networks (eventually) aired the show, with its original air date being February 14th. Jackie was honored later that same year with the Emmy, but Lady Bird Johnson actually picked up / received the award on Jackie's behalf.


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