Rosalynn Carter could have passed as the hot—OK, the kinda cute—mom on a ’70s sitcom.
And that worked to mutual advantage on husband Jimmy’s campaign trail.
Looking back, though, it’s clear that Bill had many other good reasons to pursue the future first lady, senator, and presidential candidate during his study breaks at Yale Law School. Twenty-four-year-old Julia Tyler had stepchildren older than her when she entered the White House after marrying 54-year-old President John Tyler.
In her teens, she featured prominently in New York department store ads, earning her the nickname "the Rose of Long Island.” She relished the high-profile role and the attention it brought—unlike most first ladies of her era—and even wore a tiara around the house.
She’s a mother, a healthy lifestyle advocate, and a style icon with influence that approaches that of the most iconic First Ladies.
“She dresses the way many women like to think they would in her position,” Allgor says. Kennedy’s fashion, beauty, and charm drew the envy of millions of women—who promptly copied her every move.
George and Martha must have made quite a good-looking couple.
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Raven-haired, blue-eyed, with a penchant for low-cut dresses, Dolley’s legacy also included playing hostess under President James Madison and saving precious White House artifacts (like a portrait of George Washington) before the British torched Washington D. Is there a role she isn’t trying to fill as First Lady?“She was vivacious, the camera loved her, and the people loved her,” says Cormac O’Brien, author of Secret Lives of the First Ladies. But take a look to the left, at the young mother and wife to a Texas-based entrepreneur in the 1950s. Somewhere out there in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the president's spouse. ” There are a lot of words most guys would associate with Martha Washington as she’s popularly depicted—drab, even frumpy, but certainly not, well, hot.“She had this bright liveliness to her.” We know what you’re thinking. Then a bunch of researchers from Virginia, God bless them, went and hired a painter to do an age regression based on evidence of what Martha probably looked like as a young woman and—surprise!First Lady of the United States carries no salary, only expectations: be warm, be social, be civic-minded, take care of the kids, don’t be crazy. We don’t expect Kate Upton (though Frances Cleveland was just 21 when she married 48-year-old Grover in 1886; imagine the reaction to that today).But a First Lady is proof that the guy in the suit has a pulse, a set of eyes—and a libido.