|Name||Patricia Kennedy Lawford|
Manhatten, New York , United States
|| May 06, 1924
|Died||September 17, 2006
|Contributor||The Sunset Provision|
|Last Modifed||The Sunset Provision|
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|Info|| American socialite, the sixth child of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald. She was the younger sister of former president John F. Kennedy. She was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. |
Considered the most sophisticated, yet also the most introverted, of her parents' five daughters, Pat since childhood had a fascination with travel and Hollywood. She in time would become a world traveler, so much so that as a young girl she was given assignments by the independent and foreign press to write of her travels. Her ongoing fascination with Hollywood was fueled by her father's stories and adventures there as a movie mogul heading RKO Pictures. After graduating from Rosemont College, she moved to Hollywood in hopes of becoming a movie producer and director like her father.
Her father apparently believed that she could do as much, once saying, "Pat is the one with head for business. She could really run this town if she put her mind to it." However, because she was a woman in the very conservative 1950s, she was restricted to working as production assistant on patriotic and religious suchs such as singer Kate Smith's radio program and Father Peyton's "Family Rosary Crusade".
She met British actor Peter Lawford through her sister Eunice in the 1940s. They met again in 1949, and again in 1953. They courted briefly and officially announced their engagement in February 1954. They married on April 24, 1954 at the Roman Catholic Church of St. Thomas More in New York City weeks before her 30th birthday. They settled in Santa Monica, California.
The couple had four children:
Christopher Kennedy Lawford (born: March 29, 1955 in Santa Monica, California)
Sydney Maleia Kennedy Lawford (born: August 25, 1956 in Santa Monica, California)
Victoria Francis Lawford (born: November 4, 1958 in Santa Monica, California)
Robin Elizabeth Lawford (born: July 2, 1961)