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  Kennedy, Ethel Skakel
NameEthel Skakel Kennedy
Hyannis, Massachusetts , United States
Born April 11, 1928 (93 years)
Last ModifedBob
Feb 10, 2010 03:14pm
Tags Caucasian - Widowed - Catholic - Straight -
InfoThe widow of late Sen. and former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.

Born in Chicago, Illinois to Ann Brannack, a Roman Catholic, and George Skakel, a Protestant, Ethel was raised Catholic in Greenwich, Connecticut. Her father was the founder of the very successful Great Lakes Carbon Corporation.

Ethel attended the all-girls Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, as well as the Convent of the Sacred Heart in the Bronx. In September 1945, Ethel began her collegiate education at Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart (then located in Manhattan), where she met Jean Kennedy, sister of her soon-to-be husband, Robert F. Kennedy, and the two became friends and roommates.

Ethel met Robert F. Kennedy (Bobby) during a skiing trip to Mont Tremblant Resort in Quebec, Canada during the winter of 1945. At the time, Robert was dating Ethel's sister, Patricia. Eventually that relationship ended and Ethel and Bobby started seeing each other. Ethel campaigned for Bobby's brother, John F. Kennedy, in his 1946 campaign for United States Congress, and wrote her college thesis on his book Why England Slept.

Bobby and Ethel became engaged in February 1950, and were married on June 17, 1950 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenwich.

On the night of June 5, 1968, her husband was shot by Sirhan Sirhan. He died the following morning. Ethel and her children were devastated. President Lyndon Johnson declared a day of mourning. Sirhan was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Frequently throughout the 1970s, Ethel was escorted to dinners, parties and the theater by singer Andy Williams, a family friend. However, she never engaged in any romantic relationships with another man following her husband's death. Citing her Catholicism, she had said she would never marry again.


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Husband Robert Francis Kennedy Jun 17, 1950-Jun 06, 1968
Daughter Kathleen Kennedy Townsend 1951-
Son Joseph P. Kennedy II 1952-
Grandson Joseph P. Kennedy, III 1980-
Son Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. 1954-
Daughter Kerry Kennedy 1959-
Son Chris Kennedy 1963-
Son Max Kennedy 1965-
Father In-Law Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. 1888-1969
Mother In-Law Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy 1890-1995

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