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Exhibition Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration

Marilyn Church. Jackie Onassis, 1982. Colored pencil, water-soluble crayon, and porous point pen on olive paper. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (108.00.00)
LC-DIG-ppmsca-51156 © Marilyn Church
Gift of the family of Marilyn Church

Jackie Onassis and the Paparazzi

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis returned to court in 1982, having already sued paparazzi photographer Ron Galella, arguing he was in contempt of a 1975 court order: Galella v. Onassis, 533 F.Supp. 1076 (1982). Here, Galella's lawyer Marvin Mitchelson interrogates her, while Judge Irving Ben Cooper presides. Cooper argued that Galella was not going to change his behavior voluntarily and it was therefore necessary to "positively and effectively stop Galella's unbridled behavior" by penalizing him for his contempt of the court's 1975 order. Marilyn Church, who drew the former First Lady, wrote, "Oddly, there was little evidence of the high-fashion elegance that she was so famous for. Most days she wore the same brown blouse to court, a garment made of synthetic fibers that had seen better days. . . ."