Archive for Kennedys

Peter Lawford

Posted in Cremated, Westwood Memorial Park with tags , , , , on April 1, 2019 by Cade

lawford1September 7, 1923 – December 24, 1984

Peter Sydney Ernest Lawford was a successful actor, to be sure. The English actor dutifully rose through the Hollywood ranks, eventually landing lead or supporting roles in hits like Easter Parade and Royal Wedding. He appeared on television throughout the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s and his later career found him not only appearing in popular movies like Exodus and The Longest Day but also acting as producer on a number of films. It was, however, his off-screen life that garnered by far the most attention. Continue reading

Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Posted in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery with tags , on July 13, 2017 by Cade

shriver1July 10, 1921 – August 11, 2009

“As we hope for the best in them, hope is reborn in us.” – Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Eunice Mary Kennedy was the middle child of Joe and Rose Kennedy. She was married to U.S. Ambassador to France and one-time Vice-Presidential candidate, Sargent Shriver. From early on, Eunice developed a special relationship with her oldest sister, Rosemary, who was born with an intellectual disability at a time when stigma and lack of care for this population was rampant. Her care for Rosemary and those with similar disabilities became her lifelong calling. When her brother became President of the United States, she used the opportunity to elevate her cause. She founded a number of national and academic programs to help advance research and support options for people with disabilities. Continue reading

Edward Kennedy

Posted in Arlington National Cemetery with tags , , on March 10, 2014 by Cade

emk1February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009

The youngest (and longest-surviving) of the Kennedy brothers, Edward “Ted” Kennedy had, perhaps, even more of an impact on American politics than his siblings thanks to said longevity. He served in the U.S. Senate representing Massachusetts for 47 years. He was a leader in Democratic party and came to be known as the “Lion of the Senate.” But, he was a Kennedy and Kennedys don’t get a free pass, so of course, his life had its struggles.  In 1969, the infamous Chappaquiddick incident resulted in a car in a Martha’s Vineyard tidal channel and the death of his companion, Mary Jo Kopechne. The incident was a national scandal, naturally, and firmly put the brakes on any Presidential aspirations Teddy would have had. Continue reading

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Posted in Arlington National Cemetery with tags , on November 19, 2013 by Cade

kennedyoJuly 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis skyrocketed to international attention as the glamorous wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. However, in the years after JFK’s assassination, Jackie did not fade away and maintained a relatively high profile. In 1968, she married shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassis, and became – now, no longer entitled to Secret Service protection – a popular target for photographers and paparazzi. After Onassis died in 1975, Jackie committed herself to personal work. She worked as an editor and spent a lot of time campaigning for the preservation of historic landmarks and architecture. Continue reading

Robert F. Kennedy

Posted in Arlington National Cemetery with tags , on May 23, 2013 by Cade

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November 20, 1925 — June 6, 1968

Robert Francis Kennedy was a U.S. Senator and the U.S. Attorney General under his brother, John’s, presidential administration.  Bobby was a leading figure in 1960’s American political and civil circles. He was instrumental in the civil rights movement of the day.  He was a Kennedy through and through, and held all the political aspirations that come with that.  Following the devastation of his older brother’s assassination, he ran for and was elected as Senator from New York. Continue reading

John F. Kennedy

Posted in Arlington National Cemetery with tags , , , on February 22, 2013 by Cade

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May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963

The 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the youngest man ever elected to the office when he defeated Richard Nixon in the 1960 election.  Charismatic and energetic, Kennedy ushered in an era of youthful optimism through his presidency. He was far more media and pop-culture savy than any previous administration and was the first President to regularly broadcast his press conferences live on television.

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