Joan Bennett Kennedy

Former Model + Author + Pianist
Born Sep 2, 1936

Joan Bennett Kennedy is an American musician, writer, and former model. She is the former wife of U.S. Senator from Massachusetts Edward "Ted" Moore Kennedy.

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1936 Birth Born on September 2, 1936.


1957 20 Years Old In October 1957, at the dedication of a gymnasium at Manhattanville College in memory of another Kennedy sister, Kathleen – who had died in a plane crash in 1948 – Jean Kennedy Smith introduced Joan to her brother Ted, then a student at the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville. Ted and Joan were married on November 29, 1958, in Bronxville, New York. … Read More
1964 27 Years Old …  She assumed the full campaign-appearance schedule for his successful re-election in 1964. He had earlier won a special election in November 1962 to serve the final two years of his brother John's U.S. Senate term; John had resigned from the U.S. Senate upon his 1960 election as U.S. President.


1969 32 Years Old In July 1969, Ted Kennedy was involved in a car accident off Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts that resulted in the death of his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne. … Read More


1980 43 Years Old The couple remained together during his failed 1980 U.S. presidential campaign, announcing plans to divorce in 1981; the divorce was finalized in 1983.


1992 55 Years Old In 1992, she published the book The Joy of Classical Music: A Guide for You and Your Family. … Read More


2004 67 Years Old In July 2004, her son Ted Jr. had been appointed her legal guardian; in 2005 her children were granted temporary guardianship. … Read More
2005 68 Years Old 1 More Event
At her request in 2005, her second cousin, financial planner Webster E. Janssen of Connecticut, established a trust controlling her estate in violation of her sons' guardianship. … Read More
2011 74 Years Old Kara Kennedy died of a heart attack at age 51 on September 16, 2011.
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