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JACQUELINE BOUVIER KENNEDY ABC, Oct. 14, 8 p.m. E.D.T.

The reputations of Nell Gwyn, Marie Antoinette and Lady Diana prove it: courtesans and consorts can lodge in legend as securely as the men they serve. They dress the naked throne of power with their glamour, sex, humanity; they provide a public-relations link between master and mass. They need do nothing special, for they become what they marry. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis only needed to sign a brace of marriage contracts. Because the other signatories were a young American as powerful as Minos and an aging Greek as rich as Croesus, she...

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