After Jackie premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September, the Pablo Larráin-directed biopic quickly became one of the most anticipated films of the year. And if you’ve seen the trailer, it’s not hard to see why. Starring a perfectly cast Natalie Portman, the emotional film unfolds in the days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy and is framed around Kennedy’s interview with a Life magazine reporter.
If Jackie’s aesthetics (the clothes! The soundtrack! The voice!) don’t get you, the history will. The film will almost certainly send you on Google deep dive to learn more about the beloved First Lady. To that end, before the film hits theaters this Friday, below, we’ve rounded up the seven most interesting things we learned from Jackie.
1. She was a reporter before she married John F. Kennedy.
Long before her days of hosting diplomats and dining with kings, Jacqueline Kennedy worked as a reporter for the Washington Times-Herald. She served as the paper’s “Inquiring Photographer” in 1952 and was tasked with approaching strangers on the street and asking them questions on politics, finance, and relationships.
2. Her press secretary, Nancy Tuckerman, was a childhood friend.
Jackie’s close relationship with her Social Secretary Nancy Tuckerman (portrayed in the film by Greta Gerwig) began well before the Kennedy Administration. They were actually childhood friends, as well as roommates at Miss Porter’s Boarding School. Tuckerman was even a bridesmaid at the Kennedy’s wedding in 1953.
3. She won an Emmy Award for her White House Tour Special
Upon moving into the White House, Jackie launched a massive restoration of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. To showcase her work, Jackie gave the very first televised tour of the White House in 1962 on CBS. The special even earned her and Emmy award in 1962, making her the only First Lady to have ever won the award.
4. She refused to change her pink suit on the day of the assassination
On November 22, 1963, hours after John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Lady Bird Johnson, wife of Lyndon B. Johnson, asked Jackie if she wanted to change outfits before her husband took the oath of office on Air Force One. Jackie replied: “Oh no, I want them to see what they’ve done to Jack.”
5. Jackie went to unprecedented lengths for JFK’s funeral
Jackie chronicles the lengths that the First Lady went to in order to honor her late husband. Indeed, in real life Jackie modeled the majority of the funeral around Abraham Lincoln’s memorial. She insisted that she walk directly behind the casket, and that the ceremony feature a riderless horse, Black Watch bagpipers, and most famously, the Eternal Flame at Arlington National Cemetery.
6. Jackie Chose Arlington National Cemetery as the final burial spot
One of the biggest debates among the Kennedy family was the final resting place of John F. Kennedy. Many of his relatives felt that Brookline, or Boston Common would be appropriate for the Massachusetts native. Yet, Jackie felt Arlington was the most suitable, explaining: “He belongs to the people.”
7. She created the legend of Camelot
“Don’t let it be forgot, that for one brief shining moment, there was Camelot.” This famous line from the hit 1960 Broadway show, Camelot, was the basis for the legend surrounding the Kennedys. When she spoke with LIFE Magazine’s Theodore H. White, Jackie paraphrased the quote and cemented the family’s legend for the public.