“You have this woman who has endured the most unimaginable trauma. Her husband has been murdered right next to her. She’s literally been showered in his blood, and now she’s go home and tell two young kids that their father is dead,” Jackie screenwriter Noah Oppenheim told The Hollywood Reporter during the Writer Roundtable.
“She’s got to move out of the only residence that they’ve known for the last several years, worry about her future providing for her family,” he continued. “Amidst all of this she has the presence of mind to recognize that this is her last chance to define how her husband will be remembered.”
Oppenheim’s mother saved, “from the time she was a little girl, every newspaper and magazine about Jackie Kennedy, and particularly the ones in the aftermath of the assassination. So when I would go to my grandmother’s,” Oppenheim said, “I would be in my mom’s old room, and I discovered this box of memorabilia when I was a little kid, and I was just struck by it.”
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