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Mid-Atlantic Peppered with Long Island – How Natalie Portman Became Jackie Kennedy

photo by Robert Knudsen

photo by Robert Knudsen

Natalie Portman’s new movie “Jackie” tells the story of Jacqueline Kennedy the week after JFK was assassinated. In order to capture one of the most iconic and timeless icons of the century, Portman’s Dialect Coach, Tanya Blumstein gave her a very helpful anchor for the accent. Combining the Miss Porter’s CT boarding school etiquette and lady-like classiness with her Manhattan and Long Island upbringing in The Hamptons, Blumstein said “Jackie’s accent is Mid-Atlantic but peppered with Long Island.”

Another item of note is the breathiness of the accent, including where to take pauses for breath itself. Blumstein marked Portman’s script including where to take those precious breaths. The end result will ultimately transport us to Camelot.