Jackie Kennedy is perhaps the most famous first lady in American history. She was married to 35th President John F. Kennedy until his assassination in 1963, and right on the heels of Natalie Portman‘s Oscar-nominated performance in “Jackie” came the April 2 premiere of the Reelz limited series “The Kennedys: After Camelot,” in which Katie Holmes reprises her role as the iconic widow from the 2011 miniseries. People remained fascinated by the woman at the center of Camelot even after her husband’s death, and many films and TV programs have been made about her and her husband. Click through our photo gallery above to see all of the actresses who have tried to fill Kennedy’ iconic pillbox hat.
A plethora of actresses have already portrayed her on television, everyone from “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith, to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” Sarah Michelle Gellar and “Touched by an Angel” star Roma Downey. But only one actress has ever received an Emmy nomination for their portrayal of one of America’s favorite First Ladies: Jeanne Tripplehorn in “Grey Gardens” (2009), who lost to Shohreh Aghdashloo (“House of Saddam”).
Portman was the first actress to receive an Oscar nomination for portraying Kennedy, but she too was unable to bring home the gold (she lost to Emma Stone for “La La Land”). While no actress has won an Emmy or Oscar for portraying Kennedy, she herself was an Emmy winner, receiving the Trustees Award in 1962 for her special “A Tour of the White House” with Charles Collingwood for CBS News.
Holmes first portrayed her in “The Kennedys” in 2011. Accused of historical inaccuracies, the limited series was considered controversial even before its premiere, but it nevertheless scored 10 Emmy nominations and four wins: Best Movie/Mini Actor (Barry Pepper as Robert F. Kennedy), Best Sound Mixing, Best Hairstyling and Best Non-Prosthetic Makeup. But Holmes was left out of the race for Best Movie/Mini Actress. This time around, “After Camelot” focuses on Kennedy’s life after her husband’s assassination and her romance with Aristotle Onassis (played by Alexander Siddig).
Also looking for bragging rights is costume designer Delphine White, as none of the films and programs in our gallery won Oscars or Emmys for recreating Kennedy’s iconic style.“Jackie” costume designer Madeline Fontaine had been favored to win the Academy Award but was upset by Colleen Atwood for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
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