By  on March 20, 2006

NEW YORK — Oleg Cassini, the swashbuckling designer whose name will forever be linked with that of Jacqueline Kennedy, his most celebrated client, will be remembered as much for his cult of personality and licensing prowess as for his clothes. He died Friday from a broken blood vessel in the head at North Shore Hospital, according to his wife Marianne Nestor. He was 92.

In a career that began during the Great Depression and continued into the 21st century, Cassini combined dash, durability and an uninhibited ego to become America's first celebrity designer, as well as its longest-running. Senator Edward M. Kennedy said in a statement, "Oleg was truly an original. He had an eye for beauty, a love of life and an infectious laughter that enriched all our lives."

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