SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The legacy of President John F. Kennedy is so deeply engrained in American culture that he remains one of the most popular presidents in history, even among people with no living memory of him. However, many don't realize that the image of JFK most of us revere—from "Camelot" and the modern, media-friendly presidency to the heart-wrenching funeral that captivated the world—is one created entirely by his wife.
Now, a new look inside the Kennedy mystique, "JFK: Fact & Fable," debuts today on CuriosityStream, the world's first ad-free streaming documentary service, offering an intimate perspective on former first lady Jaqueline Kennedy's unprecedented influence over her husband's legacy, as well as the design of the modern presidency as we know it.
"Jackie Kennedy is responsible for creating the Kennedy legacy, having spent the rest of her life making him into the great president he so badly wanted to be," said Executive Producer Noah Morowitz. "While she's long been regarded as a cultural and style trendsetter, her historical influence actually runs far deeper. 'JFK: Fact & Fable' reveals Jackie's incredible behind-the-scenes orchestration of not only JFK's enduring image, but also that of the modern presidency we all know today, including the design of Air Force One, the Oval Office and the White House Rose Garden, along with other aspects that have transformed the White House into a high-profile center of culture and stylistic influence."
Like all CuriosityStream programming, "JFK Fact & Fable" dives deep into the details behind the popular story, revealing how, within hours of her husband's tragic assassination, Jackie was already working to build the Kennedy legacy, dictating that his funeral would replicate that of President Abraham Lincoln's, forever linking the two historical figures. She also planted the seed for the "Camelot" association, perpetuating the glamorous image of what many consider to be America's own royal family.
The original film draws on the expertise of well-known American historian and author Thurston Clarke, and Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, also a Kennedy biographer and expert in the Kennedy legacy.
An original CuriosityStream production, "JFK: Fact & Fable" is available to watch for free today by starting a 30-day trial of CuriosityStream at www.curiositystream.com. The on-demand streaming service now offers more than 1,500 high-quality original and licensed programs, many in 4K ultra HD, with subscriptions starting at just $2.99/month.
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