Ethel Kennedy
American socialite
Ethel Kennedy
Ethel Skakel Kennedy is the widow of Robert F. Kennedy, who served as Attorney General of the United States and a United States Senator for the state of New York.
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Jailed 11 years for murder, Kennedy cousin could be freed on bail
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel could walk out of Stamford Superior Court a free man on Thursday after spending the past 11 years in prison for the 1975 murder of a teenage neighbor in Greenwich, Connecticut. Prosecutors said their only option on Thursday will be to argue the conditions of Skakel's release as he awaits a new trial for the murder of Martha Moxley. Bridgeport State's Attorney John Smriga said prosecutors are appealing a judge's decision last month to overturn the conviction, but all they can do at Thursday's hearing is present their request for conditions of bail. Skakel, the nephew of Ethel Kennedy and slain U.S. senator Robert Kennedy, was granted a new trial by Superior Court Judge Thomas Bishop in Rockville, Connecticut.
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JFK's Still-Vibrant Example Continues to Inspire Millions
Huffington Post - over 3 years
On November 22, 1963, I was not quite 8 months old, too young to realize the enormity of what happened on that tragic day, when our nation was awash in tears and despair. But I've read a lot about why the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was a transformational event in American history. Indeed, many a writer has observed that America has never really recovered the buoyant optimism that characterized the Kennedy Administration. Although I was very young, I know the tragedy affected my family, as my mother, Coretta Scott King wrote movingly about it in her book, My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr.: On November 22, 1963, Martin was upstairs, attending to some things, with the television set on in the background... Martin called to me, "Corrie, I just heard that President Kennedy has been shot -- maybe killed." Of course, I rushed up to be with Martin, and we sat there hoping and praying that John Kennedy would not die. We thought of the great national tragedy, and addit ...
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Attorney brief seeks Skakel's release on bail
CNN - over 3 years
Michael Skakel's attorney has filed a legal brief arguing why his client should be granted bail after a judge ordered a new trial last week for Skakel -- the nephew of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, who has spent more than a decade behind bars on murder charges.
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Martha Moxley: Which Kennedy Cousin Killed Her?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Thirty-eight years after 15-year-old Martha Moxley was beaten to death with a golf club on the edge of her Greenwich property on Oct. 30, 1975, we are back to the original suspect, Tommy Skakel, as her likely killer. That appears to be the back story [if not the actual belief] of a Connecticut judge's startling decision last week to order a retrial of Tommy's younger brother Michael, who was convicted of Martha's murder in 2002 and who has spent the past 11 years in jail for the crime. In the latest installment of what is arguably the nation's longest-running criminal soap opera, Connecticut Superior Court Judge Thomas Bishop seems to have conducted his own investigation into what has been called the "Kennedy cousin" murder. Bishop's view of the killer seems reflected in his ruling that Michael's Skakel's attorney, Mickey Sherman, failed to adequately represent Michael because Sherman did not accuse Michael's hated rival and older brother Tommy of what is known as "third party cu ...
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Judge orders retrial for Kennedy nephew
CNN - over 3 years
A Connecticut judge has ordered a new trial for Michael Skakel, the nephew of Robert and Ethel Kennedy who was convicted of murder in 2002.
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Judge orders retrial for Michael Skakel, Kennedy nephew
CNN - over 3 years
A Connecticut judge has ordered a new trial for Michael Skakel, the nephew of Robert and Ethel Kennedy who was convicted of murder in 2002.
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Will anyone defend the Washington Redskins name?
Reuters Canada - over 3 years
For the past 14 years, Dan Snyder, principal owner of the Washington Redskins football franchise, has defied incessant calls from activists and journalists to change his team’s name and Indian logo to something less “offensive.” In May, he added extra rebar and a moat of burning oil to his previous vows on the name-change, telling USA Today that “We’ll never change the name,” adding, “It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.” Obviously, Snyder could never have thought that a good liberal like President Barack Obama would side with him on the issue. The best Snyder could hope for was that the president would remain too busy with domestic and global crises to comment on the dispute. Then, in an interview last weekend with the Associated Press, Obama suited up and entered the name-change field. What was his position on the name of the Washington Redskins football team, the AP asked. Is it insulting to Native Americans? Did he think it should be changed? Obama acknowledged the contr ...
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18 Vintage Celebrity Photos That Will Make You Want To Party Like It's 1979
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Betty White was still the coolest, rock stars played sports together and The Beatles hung out with The Rolling Stones. Here are 18 images that will take you back to the days of sex, drugs and rock and roll. Can you dig it? Clint Eastwood and Ethel Kennedy during 6th Annual RFK Tennis Tournament at Forest Hills in New York City, 1977. David Bowie and Cher perform a duet on the music/variety television show, 1975. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton Arrive at Heathrow Airport, 1970. Elton John poses for a portrait with the rock band 'Kiss' in full regalia, 1977. Musicians Leif Garrett, Joan Jett, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson attend First Annual Rock and Roll Celebrity Sports Classic, 1977. Paul and Linda McCartney backstage with Mick Jagger and Bill Wyman at a Rolling Stones concert at The Palladium, 1978. Ike Turner and Tina Turner at a party in Copenhagen, Denmark, 1972. Dustin Hoffman and mother during "Kramer vs. Kramer" New York City Premiere, 1979. John Travo ...
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A bounty of biographies: Hank Greenberg, Mel Brooks, Ethel Kennedy
LATimes - almost 4 years
Biography is one of the most satisfying of documentary types, and this week finds a trio of excellent offerings.
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Former Skakel attorney defends handling of trial
Fox News - almost 4 years
The attorney who represented Michael Skakel during his murder trial defended his handling of the case a day after the Kennedy cousin blasted his work. Attorney Michael Sherman testified Friday in a Connecticut court, where Skakel is challenging his 2002 conviction on the grounds that he was deprived of his constitutional right to effective legal representation. Hearst Connecticut Newspapers (http://bit.ly/Y3apei) reported that Sherman defended his work for Skakel but also testified that he still believes his former client is innocent. Testimony ended Friday; a ruling is not expected for months. Skakel, the 52-year-old nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy, is serving 20 years to life for the 1975 golf club bludgeoning of Martha Moxley when they were 15-year-old neighbors in Greenwich. ___ Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com
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Skakel expected to testify in Conn. murder appeal
Fox News - almost 4 years
Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel (SKAY'-kul) is expected to take the witness stand as he challenges his 2002 murder conviction in Connecticut on claims that his trial attorney failed to competently defend him. Skakel is expected to testify Thursday in Rockville Superior Court in his appeal trial. The nephew of Ethel Kennedy is serving 20 years to life in prison for the 1975 golf club bludgeoning of Martha Moxley in Greenwich (GREN'-ich) when they were both 15 years old. Skakel didn't testify at his original murder trial. Skakel argues trial attorney Michael Sherman got caught up in the limelight of the high-profile case and failed to prepare. Sherman says he did all he could to prevent Skakel's conviction and denies he was distracted by media attention.
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WATCH: RFK Jr. Defends Himself Following Arrest
Huffington Post - about 4 years
A day after Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was arrested during a climate change rally outside the White House, the environmental activist joined HuffPost Live to defend his protest against the Keystone XL pipeline. Kennedy, who is president of the Waterkeeper Alliance and a senior attorney for the National Resources Defense Council, told HuffPost Live's Jacob Soboroff that he and other opponents believe the project is "the worst project that we've seen come along in our lifetime." Others arrested Wednesday included actress Daryl Hannah, 350.org founder Bill McKibben, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune and Kennedy's son, Conor. Although there is great oil potential to come from the pipeline, Kennedy argued that the oil available would create three times the amount of carbon of Saudia Arabian crude oil. "If we burn that, or even come close to burning a fraction of it, James Hansen, the top scientist of NASA, says it's game over for climate change," Kennedy told Hu ...
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Prosecutors seek dismissal of latest Skakel appeal
Fox News - about 4 years
Prosecutors want a judge to dismiss Michael Skakel's latest challenge of his 2002 murder conviction, saying the Kennedy cousin's claim that his trial attorney did a poor job should have been raised in an earlier appeal and that many of the issues he cites were previously rejected. A hearing is planned Thursday in Rockville Superior Court. Skakel, 52, is not expected to attend. Skakel's attorneys say the appeal should not be dismissed and that Skakel has a right to show he was wrongly convicted. Skakel is serving 20 years to life in prison for the fatal beating of Martha Moxley in Greenwich in 1975, when they were 15-year-old neighbors. Skakel, a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy, recently lost a bid for parole after a hearing in which he reiterated his innocence.
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Douglas Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy, acquitted in NY hospital case
Fox News - over 4 years
Douglas Kennedy, a son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was acquitted Tuesday of child endangerment and harassment charges stemming from a scuffle in a hospital maternity ward. Kennedy had tried in January to take his newborn son from Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco. He said he just wanted the 2-day-old boy, Anthony Boru Kennedy, to get some fresh air. However, several nurses objected, saying his request would violate hospital policy. Kennedy tried to leave anyway, and two nurses claimed he hurt them as they blocked his way. Mount Kisco Town Judge John Donohue, who heard the case without a jury, ruled that Kennedy broke no laws. He said testimony showed that the baby was not in danger -- except from the nurses' actions -- and that Kennedy did not demonstrate any intent to hurt them. The judge said he didn't have to rule on whether it was a good idea to take the baby outside. "The Court is not determining whether the defendant's behavior was wise or pruden ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ethel Kennedy
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 87
    In March 2016, Kennedy was among hundreds who marched near the home of Wendy's chairman Nelson Peltz in Palm Beach, Florida, as part of an effort by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a farm workers' group, to convince the company to pay an additional one cent per pound of tomatoes to increase the wages of field workers.
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  • 2014
    Age 85
    Also in 2014, she was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama for her dedication to "advancing the cause of social justice, human rights, environmental protection, and poverty reduction by creating countless ripples of hope to effect change around the world."
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    In 2014, a bridge over the Anacostia River was renamed the Ethel Kennedy Bridge in her honor, in recognition of her advocacy for environmentalism and social causes in the District of Columbia.
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    In August 2014, Kennedy nominated President Barack Obama to do the Ice Bucket Challenge as part of an effort to raise funds and awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease).
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    In 2014, President Barack Obama awarded her a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
    More Details Hide Details Ethel Skakel was born in Chicago to businessman George Skakel (1892–1955) and secretary Ann Brannack (1892–1955). She was the Skakels' third daughter and sixth child, having five older siblings, Georgeann (1918-1983), James (1921-1998), George Jr. (1922-1966), Rushton (1923-2003), and Patricia (1925-2000), and one younger sister, Ann (born February 14, 1933). George was a Protestant of Dutch descent while Ann was a Catholic of Irish ancestry. Ethel and her siblings were raised Catholic in Greenwich, Connecticut. George Skakel was the founder of Great Lakes Carbon Corporation, now a division of SGLCarbon. She attended the all-girls Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, as well as the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan.
  • 2009
    Age 80
    Ethel Kennedy was among the chief mourners at the public funeral for her brother-in-law Ted Kennedy on August 29, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details At the funeral Mass, Kennedy placed the pall on her brother-in-law's casket along with sister-in-law Jean. Ethel Kennedy agreed to be in a documentary about her life that her daughter Rory directed. The film, titled Ethel, is a personal portrait of Ethel Kennedy's political awakening, the life she shared with Robert F. Kennedy, and the years following his death when she raised their eleven children on her own; it features candid interviews with Ethel and seven of her children intercut with historical footage and personal videos.
    Soon after her husband's death, she founded the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, a nonprofit charity working to realize RFK's dream of a just and peaceful world. In 2009, Ethel Kennedy was among the chief mourners at the funeral of her brother-in-law Ted Kennedy.
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  • 2008
    Age 79
    For Obama, Kennedy hosted a $6-million fundraising dinner at Hickory Hill in June 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The $28,500-a-plate dinner was headlined by former Democratic presidential candidate and DNC chairman Howard Dean.
    During the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries, Ethel Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama.
    More Details Hide Details Kennedy publicly supported, and held fundraisers at Hickory Hill for, numerous politicians including Virginia gubernatorial candidate Brian Moran.
  • 2001
    Age 72
    In February 2001, Kennedy visited Rodolfo Montiel and another peasant activist at their jail in Iguala, presenting Rodolfo with the Chico Mendes Award on behalf of American environmental group Sierra Club.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1981
    Age 52
    In 1981, President Ronald Reagan bestowed her with the Robert F. Kennedy medal in the White House Rose Garden.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1968
    Age 39
    In 1968, Ethel Kennedy founded the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, dedicated to advancing human rights through litigation, advocacy, and education.
    More Details Hide Details The Center is a nonprofit charity that issues annual awards to journalists, authors and individuals around the world who have made a significant contribution to human rights in their country.
    Ethel Kennedy gave birth to a daughter on December 12, 1968.
    More Details Hide Details Following her husband's assassination, she stated publicly she would never marry again. For a time, she was escorted to dinners, parties and the theater by singer and family friend Andy Williams. She continued to live at the family home, Hickory Hill, in McLean, Virginia, until December 2009, when it was sold for $8.25 million.
    Shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy was fatally shot by Sirhan Sirhan; Kennedy died in early hours of June 6. U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a national day of mourning. In 1969, Sirhan was convicted of Robert F. Kennedy's murder and was sentenced to death. In 1972, the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment after the California Supreme Court invalidated that state's death penalty as it existed at that time.
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  • 1962
    Age 33
    In 1962, President Kennedy assigned Ethel and Robert to tour fourteen countries within a 28-day goodwill trip.
    More Details Hide Details Though the trip was said to be informal, the host countries viewed her and Robert as stand-ins for the President and First Lady. She learned of President Kennedy's assassination from her husband, who told her of the shooting after she had answered the phone for him and handed it over once identifying the caller as J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI Director having never called the Attorney General's home before. Ethel was reportedly devastated by the assassination and worried for President Kennedy's children.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1956
    Age 27
    In 1956, the Kennedys purchased Hickory Hill from Bobby's brother Jack and his wife, Jackie.
    More Details Hide Details They needed a larger house, since Ethel was pregnant with their fifth child, Courtney. This enormous 13-bedroom, 13-bath home was situated on in McLean, Virginia. Robert and Ethel Kennedy held many gatherings at their home. Whether it was a pool party or a formal dinner party, the guest list was impressive and eclectic. Journalist Roger Mudd recalled meeting John Lennon at one such party. Other notable invitees included the Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, entertainer Judy Garland, dancer Rudolf Nureyev and historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., who found himself thrown into the pool fully clothed where Ethel Kennedy was also already swimming fully clothed.
  • 1952
    Age 23
    After Robert F. Kennedy graduated with his law degree, the family settled in the Washington, D.C., area and Bobby went to work for the Department of Justice. That path did not last long, as Kennedy was asked by his family to manage his brother John Kennedy's successful 1952 Senate campaign in Massachusetts.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout the 1950s, he worked for the federal government in investigatory roles for the United States Senate.
  • 1950
    Age 21
    As Ethel Skakel, she was a classmate of Kennedy's sister Jean at Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart. She and Kennedy married in 1950 and had seven sons and four daughters.
    More Details Hide Details Their house, Hickory Hill at McLean, Virginia, became the scene of notably elegant and exclusive parties.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1946
    Age 17
    She campaigned for his elder brother John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy (1917–1963) in his 1946 campaign for the United States Congress, and wrote her college thesis on his book Why England Slept. Robert and Ethel became engaged in February 1950, and were married on June 17, 1950, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenwich.
    More Details Hide Details Her wedding dress and bridal party gowns were created by noted New York City fashion designer Mamie Conti. As newlyweds, the couple moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, where they lived while Robert Kennedy finished his last year at the University of Virginia Law School. The couple had eleven children; Kathleen, Joseph, Robert Jr., David, Courtney, Michael, Kerry, Christopher, Max, Douglas, and Rory. Rory was born after Senator Kennedy was assassinated.
  • 1945
    Age 16
    Ethel first met Jean's brother Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy during a ski trip to Mont Tremblant Resort in Quebec in December 1945.
    More Details Hide Details During this trip, he began dating Ethel's elder sister, Patricia. After Kennedy and Patricia's relationship ended, he began dating Ethel.
    In September 1945, she began her college education at Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart (then located in Manhattan), where she was a classmate of Jean Ann Kennedy.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1928
    Born
    Born on April 11, 1928.
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