Janet Lee Bouvier

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Janet Lee Auchincloss
Born Janet Norton Lee
(1907-12-03)December 3, 1907
Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Died July 22, 1989(1989-07-22) (aged 81)
Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.
Cause of death Complications from Alzheimer's disease
Resting place Common Burying Ground and Island Cemetery
Nationality American
Other names Janet Lee
Janet Bouvier
Janet Auchincloss
Janet Auchincloss-Morris
Education Miss Spence's School
Alma mater Sweet Briar College
Vassar College
Occupation Socialite
Spouse(s) John Vernou Bouvier III
(m. 1928; div. 1940)

Hugh D. Auchincloss
(m. 1942; d. 1976)

Bingham Morris
(m. 1979; separated 1981)
Children Jacqueline Lee Bouvier
Caroline Lee Bouvier
Janet Jennings Auchincloss
James Lee Auchincloss
Relatives John F. Kennedy (son-in-law)

Janet Norton Lee Auchincloss (December 3, 1907 – July 22, 1989) was an American socialite.

Janet was born in Manhattan, New York City, the middle daughter of James Thomas Aloysius Lee (1877 –1968), a lawyer and real estate developer,[1][2] and Margaret A. Merritt (1878-1943), her parents were both of Irish descent. Her first husband was John Vernou Bouvier III, they had two daughters: Jacqueline Onassis, and Lee Radziwill-Ross. Bouvier's womanizing and drinking led to a separation in 1936, a brief reconciliation for a few months in 1937, and then a divorce in 1940.[3]

She was the mother-in-law of United States President John F. Kennedy.

Her second husband in 1942 was Hugh Dudley Auchincloss, Jr., an attorney and Standard Oil heir; she was his third wife.[4] They had two children: Janet Auchincloss Rutherfurd, and James Lee Auchincloss (born 1947).[5]

Her third marriage, after Auchincloss's death, was to childhood friend Bingham Morris in 1979 they would separate but did divorce.

She died of complications arising from Alzheimer's disease in 1989.[6][7][8]

Further reading[edit]

  • Janet and Jackie: The Story of a Mother and Her Daughter, Jacqueline Onassis, by Jan Pottke.
  • "Obituary of James Thomas Lee", New York Times, January 4, 1968.


Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

  1. ^ Christopher Gray (March 12, 1995). "Streetscapes/Jacqueline Onassis's Grandfather; Quality Developer With a Legacy of Fine Buildings". New York Times. Retrieved March 20, 2016. 
  2. ^ https://www.enotalone.com/personal-growth/10416.html
  3. ^ Adler, Bill (2009). The Eloquent Jacqueline Onassis: A Portrait in Her Own Words. HarperCollins. p. 16. ISBN 0-061-87363-2. 
  4. ^ "MRS. J. L. BOUVIER IS WED IN VIRGINIA; Becomes the Bride of Lieut. Hugh D.Auchincloss.U.S.N., at His Country Home". The New York Times. June 23, 1942. p. 24. 
  5. ^ "Jackie's Half-Sister Dies". The Vindicator. March 20, 1985. p. 50. 
  6. ^ "Janet Lee Auchincloss Morris, 81". New York Times. July 24, 1989. Retrieved April 5, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Services Held for Onassis' Mother". Daily News. July 28, 1989. p. 2. 
  8. ^ Brooks, Patricia (2002). Where the Bodies Are: Final Visits to the Rich, Famous, and Interesting. Globe Pequot. pp. 26–27. ISBN 0-762-72337-8.