Janet Norton Lee Auchincloss Morris (December 3, 1907 – July 22,
1989) was an American socialite and the mother of the former First
Lady of the United States Jacqueline Kennedy.
1 Early life
3 Personal life
4 Further reading
Janet Norton Lee was born on December 3, 1907 in Manhattan, New York
City. She was the middle daughter of James Thomas Aloysius Lee
(1877–1968), a lawyer and real estate developer, 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
Janet graduated from Miss Spence's School and attended Sweet Briar and
Barnard Colleges. She was a three-time winner of the hunter
championship at the National Horse Show.
She served as a board member of the
Newport Historical Society
Newport Historical Society and the
Redwood Library. She was also the honorary director of the Robert E.
Lee Memorial Association in Stratford, Virginia.
Janet was married three times. In 1928, she married her first
John Vernou Bouvier III
John Vernou Bouvier III (1891–1957). He was the son of
Major John Vernou Bouvier, Jr. (1865–1948), a successful attorney,
and Maude Frances Sergeant (1870–1940). He was also the brother
of Edith Bouvier Beale (1895–1977), later known as the subject of
the documentary film, Grey Gardens. Together, they were the parents
of two daughters:
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier (1929–1994), who married
John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy in
1953. After his murder in 1963, she later married Aristotle
Onassis in 1968 and remained married to Onassis until his death in
Caroline Lee Bouvier (born 1933), who married Michael Temple Canfield
in 1953. Their marriage was annulled in 1959, and later that same
year she married Prince Stanisław Albrecht Radziwiłł. They divorced
in 1974. In 1988 she married the director Herbert Ross. They also
divorced in 2001.
Mr. 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
In 1942, she married her second husband, Hugh Dudley Auchincloss Jr.,
an attorney and
Standard Oil heir; becoming his third wife.
Together, they had two children:
Janet Jennings Auchincloss (1945–1985), who was married to Lewis
Polk Rutherfurd in 1966.
James Lee Auchincloss (born 1947)
Hugh Auchincloss died in 1976. In 1979, she married for a third
time, to her childhood friend Bingham Willing "Booch" Morris
(1906–1996). Jacqueline served as her witness. Morris, a
widower, was a retired investment banker who lived in Southampton, New
York, a graduate of St. George's School and Harvard, where he was
a member of the Iroquois and Hasty Pudding Clubs, and was the son of
Violet Lee (née Willing) Morris and John Boucher Morris of
Baltimore. His late wife, Mary (née Rawlins) Morris, was a
bridesmaid at Janet's first wedding. They separated in 1981, but
remained married until her death from complications arising from
Alzheimer's disease in 1989.
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.
^ "Janet Morris, Mother of Jacqueline Onassis, dies". LA Times. 24
July 1989. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
^ 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.
^ a b c "JANET N. LEE BRIDE OF J.V. BOUVIER 3D; 500 Guests at Ceremony
in St. Philomena's Church, East Hampton, L.I." The New York Times. 8
July 1928. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
^ "Winifred Norton D'Olier". GENi. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
^ a b c "Janet Lee Auchincloss Morris, 81". New York Times. July 24,
1989. Retrieved April 5, 2008.
^ "JOHN BOUVIER 3D, BROKER, 66, DIES; Retired Investment Adviser Was a
Member of Stock Exchange for 34 Years". The New York Times. 4 August
1957. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
^ Latham, Caroline; Sakol, Jeannie (1989). The Kennedy Encyclopedia:
An A-to-Z Illustrated Guide To America's Royal family. NAL Books.
^ Wolfgang Saxon (February 7, 1977). "Edith Bouvier Beale, Recluse,
Dead at 81. Aunt of Mrs. Onassis Was Subject of the Documentary Movie
'Grey Gardens' in 1973". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-11.
Edith Bouvier Beale, who faded from high society to re-emerge among
the seedy surroundings of a rundown Long Island mansion in the film
'Grey Gardens,' died Saturday at Southampton (L.I) Hospital at the age
Grey Gardens was the home she shared with her daughter, Edith,
on Apaquogue Road in East Hampton.
^ "Notables Attend Senator's Wedding; SENATOR KENNEDY WEDS IN
NEWPORT". The New York Times. 13 September 1953. Retrieved 13 October
Special To the New York (16 March 1975). "Aristotle Onassis
Is Dead Of Pneumonia in France". The New York Times. Retrieved 13
^ "Roman Catholics: The Law's Delay". Time. February 28, 1964.
Retrieved September 4, 2009.
^ "For Princess Lee Radziwill, It's the End of a Marriage" People,
July 29, 1974
^ "Lee Bouvier Radziwill Weds Herbert Ross, Film Director". The New
York Times. September 24, 1988. Retrieved June 21, 2007.
^ Adler, Bill (2009). The Eloquent Jacqueline Onassis: A Portrait in
Her Own Words. HarperCollins. p. 16.
^ "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.
^ "Janet Rutherfurd Dies at 39; Half-Sister of Mrs. Onassis". The New
York Times. 21 March 1985. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
^ "Janet Jennings Auchincloss Betrothed; Half-Sister of Mrs. Kennedy
Fiancee of Lewis Rutherfurd". The New York Times. 9 May 1966.
Retrieved 13 October 2017.
^ "Janet Jennings Auchincloss Wed to Lewis P. Rutherfurd; Half-Sister
of Mrs. Kennedy Is Married at St. Mary's Church in Newport Reception
at Family Estate to Held for 600". The New York Times. 31 July 1966.
Retrieved 13 October 2017.
^ "Jackie's Half-Sister Dies". The Vindicator. March 20, 1985.
^ a b "Notes on People". The New York Times. 21 August 1979. Retrieved
13 October 2017.
^ Pottker, Jan (2013). Janet and Jackie: The Story of a Mother and Her
Daughter, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. St. Martin's Press. p. 8.
ISBN 9781466852303. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
^ "Notes on People". The New York Times. 26 October 1979. Retrieved 13
^ "Rawlins--Morris". The New York Times. 26 May 1934. Retrieved 13
^ "MRS. C.E. MERRILL IS BRIDGE HOSTESS; Luncheon Event Given in Honor
of Mrs. Edward Van Ingen at Southampton. PARTY FOR BRIDAL COUPLE
Reception Held at the Meadow Club for Mary Rawlins and B.W. Morris."
The New York Times. 3 July 1934. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
^ Bradford, Sarah (2001). America's Queen: The Life of Jacqueline
Kennedy Onassis. Penguin. p. 1977. ISBN 9781101564011.
Retrieved 13 October 2017.
^ "Services Held for Onassis' Mother". Daily News. July 28, 1989.
^ Brooks, Patricia (2002). Where the Bodies Are: Final Visits to the
Rich, Famous, and Interesting. Globe Pequot. pp. 26–27.