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Janet Lee Bouvier

Updated: 2017-08-31T06:51Z
Janet Lee Auchincloss
BornJanet Norton Lee
(1907-12-03)December 3, 1907
Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedJuly 22, 1989(1989-07-22) (aged 81)
Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.
Cause of deathComplications from Alzheimer's disease
Resting placeCommon Burying Ground and Island Cemetery
Other namesJanet Lee
Janet Bouvier
Janet Auchincloss
Janet Auchincloss-Morris
EducationMiss Spence's School
Alma materSweet Briar College
Vassar College
Spouse(s)John Vernou Bouvier III
(m. 1928; div. 1940)

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

Bingham Morris
(m. 1979; separated 1981)
ChildrenJacqueline Lee Bouvier
Caroline Lee Bouvier
Janet Jennings Auchincloss
James Lee Auchincloss
RelativesJohn F. Kennedy (son-in-law)

Janet Norton Lee Auchincloss Morris (née Lee, formerly Bouvier; December 3, 1907 – July 22, 1989)[1] was an American socialite. She was the mother of the former First Lady of the United States, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Personal life

Born Janet Norton Lee in Manhattan, New York City, the middle daughter of James Thomas Aloysius Lee (1877 –1968), a lawyer and real estate developer,[2][3] and Margaret A. Merritt (1878-1943). Her parents were both of Irish descent. She had two sisters; Marion Norton Lee (1906 – 1947), who married John, J Ryan Jr., and Winifred Norton Lee (1912 – 1991), who married Franklin d'Olier.[4]

Her first husband was John Vernou Bouvier III. They married in 1928 and had two daughters: Jacqueline Lee Bouvier (born 1929) and Caroline Lee Bouvier (born 1933). 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.[5]

Her second husband in 1942 was Hugh Dudley Auchincloss Jr., an attorney and Standard Oil heir; she was his third wife.[6] They had two children: Janet Jennings Auchincloss (1945 – 1985) and James Lee Auchincloss (born 1947).[7]

Her third marriage, after Auchincloss's death in 1976, was to childhood friend Bingham Morris in 1979. They separated in 1981 but remained married until her death from complications arising from Alzheimer's disease in 1989.[8][9][10]

Further reading

  • 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.


  1. ^ "Janet Morris, Mother of Jacqueline Onassis, dies". LA Times. 24 July 1989. Retrieved 26 August 2017. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Winifred Norton D'Olier". GENi. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  5. ^ Adler, Bill (2009). The Eloquent Jacqueline Onassis: A Portrait in Her Own Words. HarperCollins. p. 16. ISBN 0-061-87363-2. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "Jackie's Half-Sister Dies". The Vindicator. March 20, 1985. p. 50. 
  8. ^ "Janet Lee Auchincloss Morris, 81". New York Times. July 24, 1989. Retrieved April 5, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Services Held for Onassis' Mother". Daily News. July 28, 1989. p. 2. 
  10. ^ 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. 
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