Katie Holmes takes on the role of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in the History Channel‘s first ever docudrama, The Kennedys, which premieres September 19-22 at 9 PM.
“I worked as hard as I could because I loved her,” said Katie, who spent many evenings practicing Kennedy’s accent.
Images from the miniseries show the actress wearing almost exact replicas of some of the late first lady’s outfits.
They were created by costume designer Chris Hargadon in collaboration with Holmes, who “came with a lot of research under her belt and had certain likes.”
The costume designer said he also relied on meticulous research, extensive photographs,and film images of “one of the most documented families in the world,” to recreate many of the styles in the fashion icon’s wardrobe.
He scoured the United States and Canada and shopped online through vintage dealers for fabrics that helped him achieve authentic looks.
The controversial eight-part miniseries was initially pulled from airing in the U.S. after complaints from the Kennedy family.
The stormy epic examines John F. Kennedy’s time in the Presidency (including the Kennedys’ alleged womanizing) up to his assassination in 1963.
It also tells that story of a manipulative, egocentric father determined to live out his own ambitions through his sons, who in turn spent their lives dancing to his tune while at the same time trying to stand on their own
Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy
Katie Holmes as Jacqueline Kennedy
Barry Pepper as Robert F. Kennedy
Tom Wilkinson as Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.
Chris Diamantopoulos as Frank Sinatra
Charlotte Sullivan as Marilyn Monroe
Diana Hardcastle as Rose Kennedy
Kristin Booth as Ethel Kennedy
Serge Houde as Sam Giancana
Enrico Colantoni as J. Edgar Hoover
Don Allison as Lyndon B. Johnson
Gabriel Hogan as Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.