Watch Jackie Kennedy’s Incredible Original White House Tour
Natalie Portman’s portrayal of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in Pablo Larraín’s Jackie recently earned her a Best Actress Academy Award nomination. And with good reason. In it, Portman offers a compelling look at the life of the iconic First Lady in the tumultuous days directly following the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy.
Woven throughout the film is a recreation of Kennedy's famous White House tour, which aired on Valentine’s Day in 1962. “A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy” was hosted by CBS News correspondent Charles Collingwood, and was America’s first televised tour of the president’s home. It was also one of the many moments that humanized the beloved couple during their stay in the White House’s hallowed halls.
Jackie includes flawlessly recreated moments from the tour (as well as actual clips from the original broadcast) in which Mrs. Kennedy showcased the results of the $2 million renovation she launched to restore historic artifacts at the White House.
In an article accompanying a new, shortened version of the original black-and-white tour (below), CBS reports that Mrs. Kennedy shows Collingwood various White House rooms, including the Diplomatic Reception Room and the Blue Room. In the Red Room, she shows one of two original White House mantles, and in the East Room, she points out the piano designed by President Franklin Roosevelt.
At the end of the tour, the First Lady is joined on-camera by her husband, President John F. Kennedy, who commended his wife’s restoration efforts. “When we have, as we do today, Grant’s table, Lincoln’s bed, Monroe’s gold set—all these make these men more alive,” he said. “I think it makes the White House a stronger panorama, really, of our great story.”