Caroline Kennedy
American attorney, author, and U.S. ambassador to Japan
Caroline Kennedy
Caroline Bouvier Kennedy is an American author and attorney. She is a member of the influential Kennedy family and the only living child of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. At the time of her father's presidency, she was a young child; after his assassination in 1963, her family settled in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where she attended school.
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Caroline Kennedy, an Ambassador Whose Role Transcended the Embassy
NYTimes - about 2 months
She helped manage relations with Japan, a vital ally, and, as the first female ambassador there, was consequential for a traditionally male-dominated nation.
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Caroline Kennedy Dances in a Christmas Video, and Japan Can’t Get Enough
New York Times - 2 months
The American ambassador joined embassy and consular staff members in mimicking dance moves from “We Married as a Job,” a popular Japanese television series.
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Caroline Kennedy: JFK wouldn't have escalated US in Vietnam
CNN - 6 months
Would the United States have become mired in the costly Vietnam War had President John F. Kennedy escaped an assassin's bullet in 1963? His daughter says no.
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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' Onetime Home Asks $9.75 Million
Wall Street Journal - 9 months
According to the book “American Legacy: The Story of John and Caroline Kennedy,” the former First Lady moved into the home shortly after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy.
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Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy defends Obama's Trump critique
CNN - 9 months
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy defended on Thursday President Barack Obama's statement that world leaders are "rattled" by Donald Trump and said she had not heard the billionaire's insults against her.
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Watch: Caroline Kennedy Talks Trump Rhetoric's Impact in Japan
ABC News - 9 months
The U.S. ambassador to Japan said she thinks people are concerned about what it may mean for the American alliance.
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Meeting Royalty: The Queen, Caroline Kennedy, and Me
Huffington Post - 9 months
I watched the excellent biopic, The Queen the other night and was struck by the exacting rules of behavior one is to follow when in the presence of the queen of England: bow or curtsey when you meet her; never turn your back to her; she offers your hand, you never offer yours. A little War of Independence waged in me every time the characters marched through these formalities. I imagined myself meeting Her Highness with my hand audaciously outstretched. I'm just that much of a rebel. In actuality, I'm sure I'd follow every behavioral rule because I want people to like me. Or maybe I wouldn't. In truth, sometimes I don't care one whit what anyone thinks of me, and sometimes I seem to care about nothing else. It's a natural consequence of being human, I think, whether you're a prince or a peasant. It must be very confusing and unnatural to treat someone as above you in every way, which is why the English have these rules. Fortunately, as a non-celebrity American, I doubt I'll ever meet ...
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In Japan, honoring the Kennedy legacy
CBS News - almost 2 years
Arriving in Japan, Caroline Kennedy was received by thousands of giddy spectators -- admirers of their new ambassador and her late father, JFK. Watch Norah O'Donnell's report, "Ambassador Kennedy."
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Caroline Kennedy upbeat about economic growth across Asia
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
WASHINGTON (AP) — Caroline Kennedy, the U.S. ambassador to Japan, says surging economic growth presents America with "much opportunity" in Asia.
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Japan arrests man in Kennedy death threat case - almost 2 years
A man from the southern Japanese island of Okinawa is arrested on suspicion of making death threats to U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and the U.S. embassy. Yiming Woo reports.
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Caroline Kennedy targeted with death threats
CNN - almost 2 years
The threats against Ambassador Kennedy come two weeks after the Mark Lippert, the American ambassador to South Korea, was slashed by an assailant wielding a 10-inch knife at an event.
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Japan investigates death threats to U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy
Chicago Tribune - almost 2 years
Japanese police are investigating phone calls threatening to kill U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and another American envoy, authorities said Wednesday.
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Caroline Kennedy visits Okinawa
CNN - about 3 years
Caroline Kennedy tours Okinawa and presents the governor with a family keepsake. CNN's Vladimir Duthiers reports.
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Caroline Kennedy Makes First Trip to Okinawa
Wall Street Journal - about 3 years
Caroline Kennedy heads to Okinawa, home to 28,000 U.S. military personnel. The WSJ's Ramy Inocencio talks to Temple University's Jeff Kingston in Tokyo about the limits of the popular diplomat's power.
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U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy says JFK's life "saved here on Okinawa" - about 3 years
Feb. 12 - U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy says her father, former President John F Kennedy, nearly died on Japan's southern island of Okinawa. Rough Cut (No Reporter Narration)
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Celebrities want to tie trade pact to dolphin hunt
Seattle Pi - about 3 years
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of American celebrities and other activists want President Barack Obama to refuse to sign an international trade agreement until Japan bans the capture and slaughter of dolphins in the fishing town of Taiji. In a letter dated Wednesday that included dozens of names, hip-hop producer Russell Simmons asked the U.S. ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, to urge Obama not to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, until Japan bans the hunt. The free trade agreement is being negotiated by 12 nations that account for about 40 percent of global gross domestic product.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Caroline Kennedy
  • 2015
    Age 57
    On August 6, 2015, Kennedy accompanied US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs Rose Gottemoeller to the memorial for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan by the United States in World War II.
    More Details Hide Details It marked the 70th anniversary of the bombing, and Gottemoeller became the first senior American official to attend the annual memorial. Kennedy was only the second US ambassador to attend. With representatives of 100 countries in attendance, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe reiterated Japan's official support for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
    In April 2015, Kennedy visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, which displayed the impact from the 1945 atomic bombing.
    More Details Hide Details Kennedy called her visit a "solemn honor" and also planted dogwood trees on a road, participating in a U.S. project to spread 3,000 dogwood trees across Japan.
    She accompanied Akie Abe on a tour of the USS Olympia on February 12, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Lieutenant Erik Edwards called Kennedy "a terrific representative of her country".
  • 2014
    Age 56
    On August 5, 2014, she attended a memorial ceremony for victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the second U.S. ambassador to attend the annual memorial.
    More Details Hide Details This was her second visit to Hiroshima, having visited in 1978 with her uncle, Senator Ted Kennedy.
    Kennedy visited the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station in May 2014, accompanied by her son John Schlossberg.
    More Details Hide Details The plant had been damaged by the powerful earthquake that occurred in March 2011. Damage caused the release of a radioactive plume that contaminated air and water as far south as Tokyo and led to the evacuation of thousands of U.S. military family members. After the tour, Kennedy stated the U.S. had done all it could to support Japan following the earthquake.
    In February 2014, Kennedy visited the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, the site of the large military bases of United States Forces Japan, and was received by protests against the American military presence and placards with "no base" written on them.
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    On January 17, 2014, Kennedy made comments on Twitter that were critical of Japan's practice of dolphin drive hunting, expressing concern about the "inhumanness" of the practice and stating that the United States government opposes drive-hunt fisheries.
    More Details Hide Details A senior official connected with the seasonal dolphin hunt invited Kennedy to see for herself that the tradition was painless to the dolphins, but she later said during an appearance on the Today Show that she had "no regrets" for her characterization of the dolphin drive hunting, explaining her opinion was not hers alone. Kennedy was joined by Yoko Ono, Susan Sarandon, and Ricky Gervais in opposition to the practice and calling for an end to the hunt. Some Japanese officials called Kennedy's characterization hypocritical considering the amount of meat that Americans consume.
  • 2013
    Age 55
    In December 2013, she visited Nagasaki to meet with survivors of the atomic bomb.
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    On September 19, 2013, Kennedy sat before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and responded to questions from both Republican and Democratic senators regarding her potential appointment.
    More Details Hide Details Kennedy explained that her focus would be military ties, trade, and student exchange if she was selected for the position. She was confirmed in October by unanimous consent as the first female U.S. Ambassador to Japan and was sworn in by Secretary of State John Kerry on November 12. Kennedy arrived in Japan on November 15 and met Japanese diplomats three days later. On November 19, NHK showed live coverage of Kennedy's arrival at the Imperial Palace to present her diplomatic credentials to Emperor Akihito.
    On July 24, 2013, President Obama announced Kennedy as his nominee to be United States Ambassador to Japan, to succeed Ambassador John Roos.
    More Details Hide Details The prospective nomination was first reported in February 2013 and, in mid-July 2013, formal diplomatic agreement to the appointment was reportedly received from the Japanese government.
    Kennedy attended the fiftieth anniversary ceremony of the March on Washington on August 28, 2013.
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    In 2013, President Obama appointed her as ambassador to Japan.
    More Details Hide Details Caroline Bouvier Kennedy was born at Cornell Medical Center in New York City, to John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy. Her parents had a stillborn daughter named Arabella a year before Caroline's birth. Caroline had a younger brother, John Jr., who was born just before her third birthday. Her infant brother, Patrick, died two days after his premature birth in 1963. Caroline lived with her parents in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. during the first three years of her life. When she was three years old, her father was sworn in as President of the United States and the family moved into the White House. Caroline frequently attended kindergarten in classes organized by her mother, and was often photographed riding her pony, Macaroni, around the White House grounds. One such photo in a news article inspired singer-songwriter Neil Diamond to write his hit song, "Sweet Caroline"—a fact he revealed only when he performed it for her 50th birthday. As a small child living in the White House, Caroline received numerous gifts from dignitaries, including a puppy from Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and a Yucatán pony from Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. Historians described Caroline's personality as a child as "a trifle remote and a bit shy at times" yet "remarkably unspoiled." "She's too young to realize all these luxuries", her paternal grandmother, Rose Kennedy, said of her. "She probably thinks it's natural for children to go off in their own airplanes.
  • 2012
    Age 54
    On June 27, 2012, Kennedy made appearances in Nashua and Manchester, New Hampshire, to campaign for the re-election of President Obama.
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  • 2010
    Age 52
    Kennedy subsequently met with Okinawa's governor, Hirokazu Nakaima, who was re-elected in 2010 in opposition to the base.
    More Details Hide Details She pledged to reduce the burden of the American military presence in Okinawa.
  • 2009
    Age 51
    Shortly before midnight on January 22, 2009, Kennedy released a statement withdrawing from consideration for the seat, citing "personal reasons".
    More Details Hide Details Published reports that "a definite tax issue" and "a nanny problem" were the reasons for Kennedy's withdrawal turned out to be inaccurate and leaked by aides to Gov. Paterson. Kennedy declined to expand upon the reasons that led to her decision to withdraw. One day after Kennedy's withdrawal, Paterson announced his selection of Representative Kirsten Gillibrand to fill the Senate seat.
  • 2008
    Age 50
    In late December 2008, Kennedy drew criticism from several media outlets for lacking clarity in interviews, and for using the phrase "you know" 168 times during a 30-minute interview with NY1.
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    In December 2008, Kennedy expressed interest in the United States Senate seat occupied by Hillary Clinton, who had been selected to become Secretary of State.
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    Kennedy addressed the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, introducing a tribute film about her uncle, Senator Ted Kennedy.
    More Details Hide Details Caroline Kennedy was among the 35 national co-chairs of Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.
    On June 4, 2008, Obama named Kennedy, along with Jim Johnson and Eric Holder, to co-chair his Vice Presidential Search Committee. (Johnson withdrew one week later.) Filmmaker Michael Moore called on Kennedy to "Pull a Cheney", and name herself as Obama's vice presidential running mate (Dick Cheney headed George W. Bush's vice presidential vetting committee in 2000—Cheney himself was chosen for the job).
    More Details Hide Details On August 23, Obama announced that Senator Joe Biden of Delaware would be his running mate.
    On January 27, 2008, Kennedy announced in a New York Times op-ed piece entitled, "A President Like My Father," that she would endorse Barack Obama in the 2008 U.S. presidential election.
    More Details Hide Details Her concluding lines were: "I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president—not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans."
    In the 2008 presidential election, Kennedy and her uncle Ted endorsed Democratic candidate Barack Obama for president early in the primary race; she later stumped for him in Florida, Indiana, and Ohio, served as co-chair of his Vice Presidential Search Committee, and addressed the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.
    More Details Hide Details After Obama's selection of then-Senator Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, Kennedy expressed interest in being appointed to Clinton's vacant Senate seat from New York, but she later withdrew from consideration, citing "personal reasons."
  • 2007
    Age 49
    On September 18, 2007, she contributed $2,300 to Barack Obama's presidential campaign committee.
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    Federal Election Commission records show that Kennedy contributed $2,300 to the Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign committee on June 29, 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 48
    She previously contributed a total of $5,000 to Clinton's 2006 senatorial campaign.
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  • 2004
    Age 46
    She also represented her family at the dedication of the Bill Clinton Presidential Center and Park in Little Rock, Arkansas, in November 2004.
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  • 2002
    Age 44
    From 2002 through 2004, she worked as director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships for the New York City Department of Education, appointed by School Chancellor Joel Klein.
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  • 2001
    Age 43
    In 2001 she presented the award to former president Gerald Ford for his controversial pardon of former president Richard M. Nixon almost 30 years prior.
    More Details Hide Details She is also president of the Kennedy Library Foundation and an adviser to the Harvard Institute of Politics, a living memorial to her father. Kennedy is a member of the New York and Washington, D.C., bar associations. She is also a member of the boards of directors of the Commission on Presidential Debates and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and is an honorary chair of the American Ballet Theatre. Kennedy represented her family at the funeral services of former presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford and former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson.
  • 2000
    Age 42
    Kennedy spoke at the 2000 Democratic National Convention which was held in Los Angeles, California, the first time since the 1960 Democratic National Convention, where her father had been nominated by the Democratic Party for the presidency.
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    In 2000, she supported Al Gore for the presidency and mentioned feeling a kinship with him since their fathers served together in the Senate.
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  • 1999
    Age 41
    She attended the Robin Hood Foundation annual breakfast on December 7, 1999.
    More Details Hide Details Her brother John had been committed to the organization, which Caroline spoke of at the event.
  • 1991
    Age 33
    Kennedy is an attorney, writer, and editor who has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations. She wrote the book, "In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights In Action" in collaboration with Ellen Alderman, which was published in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details During an interview regarding the volume, Caroline explained that the two wanted to show why the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution was written.
  • 1986
    Age 28
    While at her museum job, Kennedy met her future husband, exhibit designer Edwin Schlossberg, whom she married in 1986 at Our Lady of Victory Church in Centerville, Massachusetts.
    More Details Hide Details Kennedy's matron of honor was her first cousin Maria Shriver; Ted later walked her down the aisle. Kennedy is sometimes referred to incorrectly as: "Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg", but she did not change her name at the time she married. Kennedy has three children: Rose Schlossberg (b.1988), Tatiana Celia Kennedy Schlossberg (b.1990), and John Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg, known as Jack (b.1993). Growing up in New York City and somewhat apart from their Hyannisport cousins, Caroline and her brother John were very close, and especially so following their mother's death in 1994. When John died in a plane crash in 1999, Caroline became the sole remaining survivor of the former President's immediate family. Caroline preferred not to have a public memorial service for John, and decided that his remains would be cremated and his ashes scattered over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha's Vineyard instead. John bequeathed Caroline his half ownership of George magazine, but Caroline believed that her brother would not have wanted the magazine to continue after his death.
  • 1980
    Age 22
    After graduating from Radcliffe in 1980, Kennedy was hired as a research assistant in the Film and Television Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
    More Details Hide Details She later became a "liaison officer between the museum staff and outside producers and directors shooting footage at the museum", helping coordinate the Sesame Street special Don't Eat the Pictures. Caroline was threatened on December 4, 1984, when a man telephoned the museum and reported a bomb having been planted there while stating his name and address. He was arrested three days later for the threat.
  • 1977
    Age 19
    In 1977, she became a summer intern at the New York Daily News, earning $156 a week (~$600 in 2013 dollars adjusted for inflation), "fetching coffee for harried editors and reporters, changing typewriter ribbons and delivering messages."
    More Details Hide Details Kennedy reportedly "sat on a bench alone for two hours the first day before other employees even said hello to her"; and, according to Richard Licata, a former News reporter, "Everyone was too scared." Kennedy also wrote for Rolling Stone about visiting Graceland shortly after the death of Elvis Presley.
  • 1976
    Age 18
    At the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, she was a photographer's assistant.
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  • 1975
    Age 17
    Kennedy attended The Brearley School and Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York City and, in 1975, she graduated from Concord Academy in Massachusetts.
    More Details Hide Details In 1980, she received her Bachelor of Arts from Radcliffe College at Harvard University. In 1988, she received a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, graduating in the top ten percent of her class. During college, Kennedy "considered becoming a photojournalist, but soon realized she could never make her living observing other people because they were too busy watching her."
  • 1971
    Age 13
    Caroline returned to the White House for the first time in 1971 after being invited by President Richard Nixon to view the official portrait of her father.
    More Details Hide Details In March 1975, Onassis died and Caroline returned to Skorpios for his funeral. A few days later she and her mother and brother attended the presentation by French president Valéry Giscard d'Estaing of the Legion of Honor award to her aunt, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Later that year, Caroline was visiting London to complete a year-long art course at the Sotheby's auction house, when a car bomb placed under the car of her hosts, Conservative MP Sir Hugh Fraser and his wife, Antonia, exploded shortly before she and the Frasers were due to leave for their daily drive to Sotheby's. Caroline had not yet left the house, but a neighbor, oncologist Professor Gordon Hamilton-Fairley, was passing by walking his dog and was killed by the explosion.
  • 1970
    Age 12
    In 1970 Jacqueline wrote her brother-in-law Ted Kennedy a letter stating that Caroline had been without a godfather since Bobby's death and would like him to assume the role.
    More Details Hide Details Ted began making regular trips from Washington to New York, where Caroline was in school, to see her.
  • 1968
    Age 10
    Their uncle Robert F. Kennedy became a major presence in the lives of Caroline and John following their father's assassination and Caroline saw him as a surrogate father. When Bobby was assassinated in June 1968, their mother sought a means of protecting them, stating: "If they're killing Kennedys, then my children are targets...
    More Details Hide Details I want to get out of this country". Jacqueline married Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis several months later and she and the children moved to Skorpios, his Greek island. The next year, Caroline, age 12, attended the funeral of her grandfather, Joseph P. Kennedy; her cousin, David, asked her about her feelings towards her mother's new husband and she replied "I don't like him".
  • 1967
    Age 9
    In 1967, Caroline christened the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy in a widely publicized ceremony in Newport News, Virginia.
    More Details Hide Details Over that summer, Jacqueline took the children on a six-week "sentimental journey" to Ireland, where they met President Éamon de Valera and visited the Kennedy ancestral home at Dunganstown. In the midst of the trip, Caroline and John were surrounded by a large number of press photographers while playing in a pond. The incident caused their mother to telephone Ireland's Department of External Affairs and request the issuing of a statement that she and the children wanted to be left in peace. As a result of the request, further attempts by press photographers to photograph the pair ended with arrests by local police and the photographers being jailed.
  • 1965
    Age 7
    This same seat was held by Kennedy's uncle Robert F. Kennedy from January 1965 until his assassination in June 1968, when he was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.
    More Details Hide Details Kennedy's appointment was supported by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, State Assemblyman Vito Lopez, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, and the New York Post editorial page. She was criticized for not voting in a number of Democratic primaries and general elections since registering in 1988 in New York City and for not providing details about her political views. In response, Kennedy released a statement through a spokeswoman that outlined some of her political views including that she supported legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, was pro-choice, against the death penalty, for restoring the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, and believed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) should be re-examined. On foreign policy, her spokeswoman reiterated that Kennedy opposed the Iraq War from the beginning as well as that she believed that Jerusalem should be the undivided capital city of Israel. Kennedy declined to make disclosures of her financial dealings or other personal matters to the press, stating that she would not release the information publicly unless she were selected by Governor Paterson. She did complete a confidential 28-page disclosure questionnaire required of hopefuls, reported to include extensive financial information.
  • 1963
    Age 5
    On the day of their father's assassination in 1963, nanny Maud Shaw took Caroline and John Jr. away from the White House to the home of their maternal grandmother, Janet Lee Bouvier, who insisted that Shaw be the one to tell Caroline about her father's death.
    More Details Hide Details That evening, the children were brought back to the White House, and while Caroline was in her bed, Shaw broke the news to her. Shaw soon found out that their mother had wanted to be the one to tell the children, which caused a rift between the nanny and Jacqueline. On December 6, two weeks after the assassination, Jacqueline and the children moved out of the White House, back to Georgetown. Their new home soon became a popular tourist attraction and they moved from Washington to a penthouse apartment at 1040 Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan the following year.
    Caroline Kennedy was just short of her sixth birthday when her father was assassinated on November 22, 1963.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, Caroline, her mother, and brother settled on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where she attended school. Kennedy graduated from Radcliffe College and worked at Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she met her future husband, exhibit designer Edwin Schlossberg. She went on to receive a J.D. degree from Columbia Law School. Most of Kennedy's professional life has spanned law and politics, as well as education reform and charitable work. She has also acted as a spokesperson for her family's legacy and co-authored two books on civil liberties with Ellen Alderman.
  • 1957
    Born on November 27, 1957.
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