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  Lawford, Patricia Kennedy
NamePatricia Kennedy Lawford
Manhatten, New York , United States
Born May 06, 1924
DiedSeptember 17, 2006 (82 years)
ContributorThe Sunset Provision
Last ModifedThe Sunset Provision
May 22, 2008 11:22pm
Tags Divorced - Cancer - Catholic -
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)


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Father Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. 1888-1969
Brother John Fitzgerald Kennedy 1917-1963
Niece Caroline Kennedy 1957-
Nephew John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. 1960-1999
Sister Eunice Mary Kennedy Shriver 1921-2009
Nephew Bobby Shriver 1954-
Niece Maria Shriver 1955-
Nephew Mark K. Shriver 1964-
Nephew Anthony Kennedy Shriver 1965-
Brother Robert Francis Kennedy 1925-1968
Niece Kathleen Kennedy Townsend 1951-
Nephew Joseph P. Kennedy II 1952-
Nephew Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. 1954-
Niece Kerry Kennedy 1959-
Nephew Chris Kennedy 1963-
Nephew Max Kennedy 1965-
Sister Jean Kennedy Smith 1928-2020
Brother Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy 1932-2009
Nephew Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy, Jr. 1961-
Nephew Patrick J. Kennedy 1967-
Mother Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy 1890-1995
Grandfather John F. Fitzgerald 1863-1950