October 4, 2012 |
It may not be the most trenchant documentary, but "Ethel," Rory Kennedy's otherwise superb tribute to her mother and, in large part, her father, Robert F. Kennedy, is a moving, highly enjoyable, thoroughly absorbing portrait. Booked for a quick theatrical run before its upcoming HBO premiere, the film chronicles the life of Ethel Skakel Kennedy from her seemingly charmed childhood as the puckish daughter of a successful Chicago businessman to her 1950 marriage to RFK and her role, following her husband's 1968 assassination, as a devoted, competitive, at times free-spirited matriarch and torchbearer for RFK's famed social consciousness.
September 4, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Honoring Edward M. Kennedy, the crusading liberal titan who died in 2009, was sure to warm the hearts of Democrats in Charlotte. But remind delegates of how Kennedy sacked Mitt Romney in a Senate race? Hang on to the roof. Democrats roared for the late Lion of the Senate throughout a video that played in the arena on the opening night of the party's national convention, but never quite so loudly or as gleefully as when the warm tribute turned to scenes from a 1994 Kennedy-Romney battle.
June 10, 2012 |
In politics, names can become synonymous with an idea. “Reagan” connotes the best of what the Republican Party imagines itself to be. “Paul” - by way of perennial presidential candidate Ron and his son and current senator, Rand - evokes individualism and libertarianism. But in all American politics, there is hardly a name that's more synonymous with tragedy than “Kennedy.” Every story that arises about the storied family only seems to make that bond harder to dissolve.
May 18, 2012 |
The grieving family of Mary R. Kennedy -- the estranged wife of Robert Kennedy Jr. -- said media coverage of her suicide by hanging was riddled with "inaccuracies and misrepresentations" and that relatives plan to hold their own memorial service apart from the Kennedy clan. Mary Kennedy, 52, had long struggled with drugs and alcohol; her body was found hanging in a barn Wednesday on the family property in Bedford, N.Y. An autopsy labeled her death "asphyxiation due to hanging.” It could be months before toxicology tests are completed.
May 16, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Mary Richardson Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., was found dead on the family's property north of New York City on Wednesday, two years after her husband filed for divorce and following a history of drug and alcohol problems. Kerry A. Lawrence, a lawyer who had represented Mary Kennedy in a 2010 drunk driving case, confirmed the death, but neither he nor police in the town of Bedford in Westchester County, N.Y., released a cause of death. An autopsy was scheduled Thursday, the Associated Press reported.
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May 10, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — Nicholas Katzenbach, the Kennedy administration lawyer who faced down Gov. George Wallace to enroll the first black students at the University of Alabama and who helped write the landmark civil rights and voting rights acts of the 1960s, has died. He was 90. Katzenbach died Tuesday night of natural causes at his home in Princeton, N.J., according to his daughter, Anne Katzenbach of New York City. Katzenbach was one of the "best and brightest" who were drawn to Washington when John F. Kennedy became president in 1961.