Christopher Lawford
Actor, author, activist
Christopher Lawford
Christopher Kennedy Lawford is an American author, actor and activist and member of the prominent Kennedy family.
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Kennedy cousin: Leave Taylor Swift and Conor alone - Boston Herald
Google News - over 4 years
New York Daily News Kennedy cousin: Leave Taylor Swift and Conor alone Boston Herald If hooking up with country superstar Taylor Swift, 22, is helping young Conor Kennedy get over the loss of his mother to suicide last spring, cousin Christopher Lawford thinks people should just butt out. “Mary Richardson was a big-hearted individual who ... Taylor Swift sought Ethel Kennedy's approval to date her grandson Conor ...New York Daily News Ethel Kennedy Explains the Taylor Swift Je Ne Sais QuoiVanity Fair (blog) Taylor Swift 'Supporting Conor Kennedy' Following Suicide Of His MotherEntertainmentwise Daily Mail -Herald Sun -Los Angeles Times all 26 news articles »
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BBC Radio 2 Celebrates Christmas with Comedy and Music Selection Box
News On News - about 5 years
BBC Radio 2 will be celebrating Christmas in style with a veritable feast of star names, music and comedy. A series of programmes will look back at the stories behind some of the most iconic Christmas songs including The Story of White Christmas, an exploration of how one song revolutionised Christmas, hosted by actor Martin Sheen and the tale behind another Christmas classic - The Fairytale Of New York - presented by Dermot O’Leary. Kylie Minogue pays a very personal tribute to jazz artist Blossom Dearie in Kylie On Blossom, while much-loved tenor Alfie Boe joins Radio 2 to host a show dedicated to the songs that have most influenced him. West End star Justin Lee Collins makes an appearance on Christmas Day with his lounge music special. And Craig Charles also looks at the soulful side of yuletide songs, playing some festive soul favourites. Christmas comedy comes in the form of seasonal stalwart David Jason as he hosts David Jason’s Comedy Xmas, examining festive televi ...
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"Consumatorul de droguri e la fel de vinovat de dependenţă cum e diabeticul de ... - Evenimentul Zilei
Google News - almost 6 years
Şi prietenul meu, ambasadorul UNODC, Christopher Lawford Kennedy (nepotul preşedintelui JF Kennedy, fost dependent de droguri – nr) mi-a spus: "Păi, eu mă încadrez şi la neglijenţă şi la moştenirea genetică!". Pentru că, de exemplu, unchiul său,
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Side: Festival presenters speak to mind, body - Twin Falls Times-News
Google News - almost 6 years
Others include Father Gregory Boyle, author of “Tattoos on the Heart,” telling of his work with young gang members, and Christopher Lawford Kennedy, an actor and author who will share his story of overcoming a drug and alcohol addiction
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Citronträd och motorolja - Dagens Nyheter
Google News - almost 6 years
Regissör: Roger Donaldson, Skådespelare: Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Cauffiel, Joe Howard, Christopher Lawford, Annie Whittle, Mick Rose, Anthony Starr, Aaron James Murphy. Ny avhandling. Borta är bilden av isolerade barn framför en dator i ett mörkt rum
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INSIDE ART; A Late Picasso Goes to Auction
NYTimes - almost 7 years
As pleasurable as it may be to live with a Monet, a Picasso or a Warhol, there are also downsides: expensive insurance and constant concerns about security. Those were two of the reasons Christopher Lawford -- son of the actor Peter Lawford and Patricia Kennedy Lawford, a sister of President John F. Kennedy and daughter of Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. --
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THE LIVES THEY LIVED; Daughter of a Dynasty: PATRICIA KENNEDY LAWFORD b. 1924
NYTimes - about 10 years
Patricia Kennedy Lawford, who inherited a gracious manner from her mother and financial savvy from her father (he thought she had ''the best business head'' in the family), is ensured a permanent place in the annals of American history by virtue of having been the sister of the 35th president of the United States. She came into the world with a
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A Hopeful, Rather Than Sensational, Look at a Politician
NYTimes - over 10 years
It's been some time since the Kennedy name has been a simple code word for hope, courage, social justice and the like. In America's pop obsession with the illustrious family, the name in recent years has more often hit the headlines for scandal and tragedy, accident or addiction. But rehabilitation of a sort is at hand if Emilio Estevez, an
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Patricia Kennedy Lawford, 82, Link to Hollywood, Dies
NYTimes - over 10 years
Patricia Kennedy Lawford, who as a sister of President John F. Kennedy had a front row seat to history and forged new links between her brother's administration and Hollywood through her marriage to the actor Peter Lawford, died Sunday at her home in Manhattan. She was 82 and also had a home in Southampton, N.Y. The cause was complications of
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CROWD PLEASERS; So Gorgeous! So Brilliant! But Look Beneath
NYTimes - over 11 years
There are 2,174 annotations at the end of Suzanne Finstad's ''Warren Beatty: A Private Man,'' one of several new memoirs and biographies about glamorous guys. This book also devotes four pages to the actor's family tree. Its research spans centuries and goes back to Swords, Ireland, for the ''great procreators'' on his father's side to Little Bras
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES; Lost Somewhere Between the Kennedys and the Rat Pack
NYTimes - over 11 years
Symptoms of Withdrawal A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption By Christopher Kennedy Lawford Illustrated. 389 pages. William Morrow. $25.95 When Christopher Kennedy Lawford and his cousins made plans to visit the family's Hyannis Port summer retreat, they spoke of going to Cape Cod. But Mr. Lawford grew up understanding what a difference it could
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TELEVISION REVIEW; Two Heads of State Facing Annihilation Aboard Ship
NYTimes - almost 14 years
''Counterstrike,'' Sunday night on TBS, sends the presidents of China and the United States to sea on the Queen Elizabeth 2 with a determined bunch of evildoers who threaten to detonate the ship and everyone aboard. Even though the presidents seem like a couple of earnest bureaucrats, you may find yourself hoping for the big kapow. It would provide
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FILM REVIEW; A Quickie Course on Making Low-Cost High-Profile Films
NYTimes - about 16 years
If you're an aspiring filmmaker, you've probably made a number of the cracks heard in the mildly amusing fake-umentary ''R2PC: Road to Park City,'' directed by Bret Stern and opening today at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater. John Viener stars as John, who decides that he wants to give up his job and shoot a film (which he hasn't gotten around to
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TELEVISION REVIEW; A Portrait of Jesus as a Handsome Revolutionary
NYTimes - over 17 years
At the end of the NBC film ''Mary, Mother of Jesus,'' Pernilla August as the title character is asked by her son's disciples what they should do now that Jesus is gone. That's simple, she says, with an attempt at a beatific smile, they should ''try to teach as he taught, live as he lived and love as he loved.'' Any script that sums up the meaning
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PUBLIC LIVES
NYTimes - over 18 years
Parakeet on Park This may rank right up there with the notion of alligators in the sewer: a bright blue parakeet on a Park Avenue doormat. Now he is living in -- what else? -- a gilded cage. And the bird is a he. The salesclerks at Bernardaud, a store better known for Limoges porcelain than for avian biology, checked. But first they had to coax him
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A Kennedy Family Pattern: Triumph and Tragedy
NYTimes - about 19 years
The death of Michael Kennedy in a New Year's Eve skiing accident is but the latest blow for the third generation of America's most prominent political family, which has been scarred by drugs and death, alcoholism and sexual improprieties, marriage travails and even criminal charges. But the scandals and headlines have focused on the stumblings of
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It's Not Only Straight and Narrow
NYTimes - over 19 years
The camera peeks out of the pizza oven, admiring the stereotypical specimens that ''Kiss Me, Guido'' so affectionately lampoons. These are big guys from the Bronx, speaking with an accent in which ''pawn'' and ''porn'' are indistinguishable. They say ''go down to da city'' when they mean visiting Manhattan. And they are macho men of a very
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LONG ISLAND GUIDE
NYTimes - over 19 years
FREE CHOICES TODAY Playing music from four centuries of the literature, including works by Bach, Haydn, Schubert and English Renaissance pieces, the Long Island Brass Guild performs at 2 P.M. at Bayard Cutting Aboretum in Oakdale. The sextet of trumpeters, trombonists, French hornist and tuba player, takes time out from blowing to provide ''verbal
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Struggling to Please the Father Who Died
NYTimes - over 19 years
In her loft office in Manhattan's TriBeCa, Rory Elizabeth Kennedy, a 28-year-old documentary film maker, sips tea on a worn couch draped with Guatemalan textiles and shoots out a quick answer to the question of who, if anyone, had served as a paternal figure in her life. ''Well, my father, of course,'' she said recently. ''Even in his absence, he
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Sticky, Gritty And Savvy
NYTimes - over 20 years
I'VE never met a child who didn't love a movie at a premiere,'' Peggy Siegal said on Tuesday at the ''Matilda'' party, at Circo on West 55th Street. ''It's a party, and children get it.'' Ms. Siegal, the ubiquitous planner of publicity-generating premieres (she likes to brag that it took her five years to ruin Aspen, Colo., and a summer to ruin the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Christopher Lawford
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 58
    In May 2014, Lawford married Mercedes Miller, a yoga teacher, in Maui, Hawaii.
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  • 2010
    Age 54
    In March 2010, Lawford sold at auction a 1965 Picasso painting, Femme au Grand Chapeau.
    More Details Hide Details Buste. The painting was estimated to sell at Sotheby's for between $8 million to $12 million and ended up bringing $8.2 million, or $9.3 million with Sotheby's buyer's commission. Lawford supports Women in Recovery, Inc., a non-profit organization offering a live-in, 12-step program of rehabilitation for women in need, based in Venice, California. This charity, which was founded by a longtime resident of Venice, Sister Ada Geraghty, annually honors those who have made a difference in helping women overcome substance abuse problems. Lawford was the 2006 honoree for Women in Recovery at their Gala; past honorees have included Jamie Lee Curtis, Angela Lansbury, and Anthony Hopkins.
  • 2009
    Age 53
    Lawford was raised in the Roman Catholic faith. In a 2009 interview, Lawford admitted that he left the church in 1968 stating:
    More Details Hide Details " I left the Catholic Church when I was 13 years old after my Uncle Bobby was assassinated, saying I would never go back, and I didn't really have a need for God and I didn't really believe in God. He wasn't useful to me. But I had gotten an understanding that there were spiritual people. My grandmother, Rose Kennedy, was a devout Catholic, but she was also a very spiritual person. She walked and meditated every day of her life. Her faith and spirituality got her through enormous trauma. That was not lost on me. My grandmother was this beacon of equilibrium in a world that was crazy. That's Catholicism just not something that speaks to me. I have my own tradition. I go to an ashram. I meditate. I chant. I do all that kind of stuff "
    In 2009, he released Moments of Clarity: Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery, a series of essays by public figures, athletes and entertainers who have struggled with addiction to drugs and alcohol.
    More Details Hide Details Almost every interviewee sought help from a twelve-step program such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or another spiritually based means of support for recovery. In his own life, Lawford battled a drug and alcohol addiction for much of his early life, and has been in recovery for more than 24 years. Lawford has worked extensively in politics, government and the non-profit sector holding executive staff positions with The Democratic National Committee, The Community Action for Legal Services Agency and in the Washington office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. He has held staff positions on numerous national, state and local political campaigns, as well as with The Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, Special Olympics and The Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. He is presently a Public Advocacy Consultant for Caron Treatment Centers, and was recently appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve on the California Department of Public Health Advisory Board.
  • FORTIES
  • 2005
    Age 49
    In September 2005, Harper Collins Publishers released Lawford's memoir Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption (William Morrow 2005, ISBN 0-06-073248-2), which immediately became a New York Times Bestseller.
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  • 2001
    Age 45
    Lawford told the Australian newspaper that he sat next to Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Havana during a 2001 screening of Thirteen Days, a film about the missile crisis. "It was incredible.
    More Details Hide Details I went there and sat next to the guy my uncles were trying to kill. But President Castro believes if President Kennedy had lived, the embargo would have been lifted and they would have normalized relations." In a separate interview with ABC, Lawford said Castro "got up at the end of the film and he said, 'You've made a great film, but you've ignored Cuba, now you have to make a film of what was happening here in Cuba during those thirteen days." Lawford said that he had returned to Cuba six times in an effort to do just that "but as you know we have an embargo against Cuba, which is one of the greatest foreign policy tragedies in the history of the United States."
  • THIRTIES
  • 1988
    Age 32
    In 1988, Lawford decided to pursue a career in acting.
    More Details Hide Details He spent over fifteen years in the film and television business as an actor, lawyer, executive, and producer. He began his career in Universal Studios' Independent Film Acquisitions where he was responsible for the acquisition of American Graffiti, one of the highest-grossing films of the early 1970s. As an independent producer Lawford arranged financing for and produced films including Kiss Me Guido & Drunks; both films were selections in the Sundance Film Festival. Lawford's acting credits include Eavesdrop, Slipstream, The World's Fastest Indian, Terminator 3, Blankman, The Doors, The Russia House, Thirteen Days, and many others. His credits also include a three-year tenure on the soap opera All My Children and a role on General Hospital.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1984
    Age 28
    In November 1984, Lawford married Jeannie Olsson, a sales advertising assistant for New York magazine. They have three children: David, Savannah and Matthew. They divorced in 2000.
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    In April 1984, Lawford's cousin David Kennedy, who also battled substance abuse issues and with whom Lawford had a close relationship, died of a drug overdose.
    More Details Hide Details David's death prompted Lawford to seek professional help for his issues. He attended addiction behavior classes at the Cambridge Hospital and has since been sober.
  • 1980
    Age 24
    In 1980, he was arrested in Aspen, Colorado for impersonating a doctor in order to get prescription medication.
    More Details Hide Details The charges were later dropped when Lawford completed his probation.
  • 1977
    Age 21
    He later earned a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details In 1983, he earned a J.D. from Boston College Law School, and a master's certificate in Clinical Psychology from Harvard University where he gained an academic appointment as a Lecturer in Psychiatry. Lawford began taking drugs while attending the Middlesex School. By the late 1970s, he had developed a serious drug abuse problem. He briefly attended Fordham Law School but dropped out after several months due to his dependency on heroin (he later contracted Hepatitis C due to his drug use).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1966
    Age 10
    Peter and Patricia Lawford divorced in 1966 after which Patricia raised the children in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details Before his parents' divorce, Lawford attended St. Martin of Tours Elementary School in Los Angeles. Upon moving to New York City with his mother, he attended the Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts.
  • 1962
    Age 6
    Lawford told Australian interviewers that he has been trying to make a film about the 1962 Cuban missile crisis from Cuba's perspective but that he has been stymied by the U.S. embargo.
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  • 1955
    Born
    Born on March 29, 1955.
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