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Katie Holmes to revisit Jackie Kennedy role in “The Kennedys — After Camelot”

Katie Holmes is returning to her role as Jacqueline Kennedy in “The Kennedys — After Camelot,” the follow-up to Reelz Channel’s 2011 miniseries “The Kennedys.”

Holmes, who starred as the former first lady in “The Kennedys,” will reprise that role for the new four-hour miniseries, and will also serve as executive producer and direct one of the episodes. Jon Cassar, who directed all eight episodes of “The Kennedys,” will direct the other three and also executive produce.

“‘The Kennedys’ was a brilliant execution of storytelling based on the lives of one of the world’s best known families,” Reelz CEO Stan E. Hubbard said in a statement. “Katie elegantly portrayed Jackie Kennedy in the first miniseries and now will continue the role as Jackie grows into the Jackie O that the world knows best. Katie is brave, committed and perfect for this role. She is a strong, talented woman who understands how special and respected Jackie Kennedy, and then Jackie Onassis was, as an international icon.”

The new miniseries, based on J. Randy Taraborrelli’s “After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family (1968 to the Present),” begins filming in spring 2015, with a planned premiere on Reelz sometime in 2016.

(Source: cbsnews.com)

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The Wedding That Changed American History

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By James W. Graham, author of Victura: the Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea

Rose Fitzgerald’s father had doubts about Joseph Kennedy, but it’s a good thing she didn’t listen

100 years ago, on Oct. 7, 1914, John F. “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, having just finished his term as mayor of Boston, walked his daughter Rose down the aisle to marry a guy he had doubts about. Sure, the bridegroom was then the youngest bank president in America, but Rose hadn’t dated around enough.

Making history

The man waiting at the altar was Joseph Kennedy, and their wedding probably influenced the course of American history more than any before or since, thanks to the fruit of their union. Of their nine children, three became United States senators: Edward, known as Ted; Robert, who also became U.S. attorney general; and Jack — John F. Kennedy — who became a president of no small consequence.

The other children round out the epic American story. The oldest, Joe Jr., died a hero’s death in World War II. Kathleen married the heir to a Duke but lost him in the war less than a month after losing her big brother. Kathleen died at 28 in a plane crash in France. Patricia married a Hollywood leading man, and Jean married a shrewd businessman who became a trusted financial and campaign adviser to the family. Rosemary was intellectually disabled, which led sister Eunice to pursue a lifelong calling that effectively redefined popular understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities through such programs as the Special Olympics.

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Joe and Rose were not a perfect couple by most standards. He was unfaithful, for years carrying on with film star Gloria Swanson. As parents, though, they did something indisputably right.

Of course, their children had the best education then available, from boarding schools to colleges like Harvard, Stanford and Princeton. Joe famously led spirited dinner-table discussions of public affairs and drove them to fierce competitiveness in sport. With Rose’s Catholic faith as moral compass and Joe’s money as enabler, the children followed lives dedicated to public service.

Sailing

And then there was sailing.

When he was president, JFK said privately that the family’s reputation for competitiveness, and his father’s insistence on winning at everything, was often overstated — except in that one arena. Most of the children were obsessive about sailing and winning races. Their parents bought them mostly small boats at first. When they became a family of ten, they named one of them Tenovus. With the birth of the youngest, Ted, the family named another boat,Onemore. In 1932, Joe and Rose bought their children a 25-ft. boat that Jack named Victura. The 15-year-old, a mediocre student of Latin, chose a word that meant “about to conquer.”

Jack and his big brother Joe later teamed up on the Harvard sailing team to win a major intercollegiate regatta. Not long after, they both went into the Navy, where Joe Jr. died and Jack narrowly survived a sinking of the boat under his command. Fifty years later, Ted said it was Jack’s experience on Victura that saved his life and most of his crew. Jack sailed Victura on Nantucket Sound through his presidency. Bobby and Ethel loved sailing it so much that a painting of the two of them sailing Victura hangs to this very day on the dining room wall of Ethel’s home at Hyannis Port. The painting was one of three of that boat, commissioned in 1963 by Kennedy sisters as Christmas presents for their three brothers. Jack did not live to receive his.

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When Ted died in 2009, among the many eulogists were four who all told stories of sailing with Ted on Victura. By then 77 years had passed since Joe and Rose bought it. All the children of Joe and Rose, and the Kennedys who came after, told and still tell stories of sailing together. But the sailing was nothing, really, compared to the other things they did.

Space

Before Jack died, he and his brothers loved talking about the space program that got us to the moon. Astronauts were sailing a “new ocean,” said Jack. Eunice campaigned tirelessly for her brothers and successfully made the capabilities of people with disabilities a cause all the family embraced, to this day. Now, together, they work on environmental causes, human rights and children’s interests.

To this day, the grandchildren and great grandchildren of Joe and Rose continue to pursue public service and, yes, sailing. They race boats identical to Victura, even taking them the 30 miles between Nantucket and the very same moorings their grandparents used all those years ago.

(Source: TIME)

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Most people live their lives as if the end were always years away. They measure their days in love, laughter, accomplishment, and loss. There are moments of sunshine and storm. There are schedules, phone calls, careers, anxieties, joys, exotic trips, favorite foods, romance, shame, and hunger. A person can be defined by clothing, the smell of his breath, the way she combs her hair, the shape of his torso, or even the company she keeps. All over the world, children love their parents and yearn for love in return. They revel in the touch of parental hands on their faces. And even on the worst of days, each person has dreams about the future—dreams that sometimes come true. Such is life. Yet life can end in less time than it takes to draw one breath.
Bill O’Reilley, Killing Kennedy


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The marriage of Washington’s best-looking young senator to Washington’s prettiest inquiring photographer took place in Newport R.I. this month and their wedding turned out to be the most impressive the old society stronghold had seen in 30 years. As John F. Kennedy took Jacqueline Bouvier as his bride, 600 diplomats, senators, social figures crowded into St. Mary’s Church to hear the Archbishop of Boston perform the rites sand read a special blessing from the pope. Outside, 2,000 society fans, some come to Newport by chartered bus, cheered the guests and the newlyweds as they left the church. There were 900 guests at the reception and it took Senator and Mrs. Kennedy two hours to shake their hands. The whole affair, said one enthusiastic guest, was “just like a coronation.”                                 - Life Magazine, September 12 1953

The marriage of Washington’s best-looking young senator to Washington’s prettiest inquiring photographer took place in Newport R.I. this month and their wedding turned out to be the most impressive the old society stronghold had seen in 30 years. As John F. Kennedy took Jacqueline Bouvier as his bride, 600 diplomats, senators, social figures crowded into St. Mary’s Church to hear the Archbishop of Boston perform the rites sand read a special blessing from the pope. Outside, 2,000 society fans, some come to Newport by chartered bus, cheered the guests and the newlyweds as they left the church. There were 900 guests at the reception and it took Senator and Mrs. Kennedy two hours to shake their hands. The whole affair, said one enthusiastic guest, was “just like a coronation.”

                                 - Life Magazine, September 12 1953

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Kennedys hail ruling as vindication of Ted’s fight



V
ictoria Kennedy, the widow of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, cheered the U.S. Supreme Court today for upholding the historic health care reform that her husband had helped to craft and urged voters to unite behind the legislation.

“We still have much work to do to implement the law, and I hope we can all come together now to complete that work. The stakes are too high for us to do otherwise,” Kennedy wrote in a statement. “As my late husband Senator Edward Kennedy said: ‘What we face is above all a moral issue; that at stake are not just the details of policy, but fundamental principles of social justice and the character of our country.’ ”

The statement came after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called both Victoria Kennedy and Patrick Kennedy after the verdict.

I spoke to Vicki Kennedy this morning and to Patrick Kennedy … thanking them for the important role he played,” Pelosi said, referencing the late senator. “I knew that when he left us he would go to heaven and help pass the bill … and now he can rest in peace. His dream for American families has become a reality.”

Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy sent a plea yesterday morning urging Democrats to give to support the law.

“If the Court upholds the law, dangerous Tea Party extremists will go on a rampage,” the younger Kennedy warned in an e-mail titled, “My father and I fought for this.”

Joseph P. Kennedy III, who is running for Congress, said in a statement: “Today’s decision is a victory for this country – for our seniors who won’t have to make the tragic choice between food and medicine, for people with pre-existing conditions who won’t get turned away by insurance companies, and for young adults who won’t get thrown off their parents’ policies. The decision allows us to build on the remarkable progress we have made so far and brings us closer to what my uncle spent his career fighting for — the idea that health care is not just a basic need, but also a basic right.”

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Kick Kennedy in HBO pilot ‘The Newsroom’



Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter has nabbed her first big acting break: Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy has scored a role in Aaron ‘The West Wing’ Sorkin’s HBO pilot. The Newsroom, a show about cable news, also stars such boldface names as Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Olivia Munn, and Dev Patel. Of course, Hollywood is nothing new for the Kennedy clan: Kathleen’s great-grandfather, Joseph P. Kennedy, formed one of the Big Five studios.

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Michael Kennedy Endowment



The Michael LeMoyne Kennedy [MLK] Endowment was established more than a decade ago from the generosity of our dear family and friends in remembrance of my late husband Michael. I wanted to do something special to honor Michael and the wonderful work he did around the world. Of the many things Michael was involved with, the microfinance work of Opportunity International was very close to his heart. In 1996 Michael, his mother Ethel and I, along with other family members and friends had the privilege to visit Opportunity clients in Soweto, South Africa (retracing the same journey his father RFK took in 1966). After that Michael visited clients in Colombia, and as CEO of the non-profit Citizens Energy Corp, contributed $80,000 in grants to Opportunity.

I am happy to share that since that time, the MLK Endowment has also funded Opportunity programs in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Kenya, Colombia, and Rwanda, along with leadership training and the hiring of HIV/AIDS transformation officers in Africa. In Colombia, the MLKE has helped fund a program to finance private schools and train staff to provide a quality education to impoverished students that would otherwise have no such access. To date, the MLKE has impacted the lives of 4,795 of the most marginalized and hardworking people in the world. I have personally traveled to see 7 of the trust groups sponsored by the MLK Endowment in Mexico, Peru, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic. It is a true joy to see how our partnership with Opportunity International allows thousands of clients to overcome the inherent obstacles of poverty and build a more stable, secure, and fulfilling future.

This year to celebrate Michael and the 10 years of his endowment’s work, we will be supporting Opportunity’s newest microfinance entity in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the very poorest and least served countries in the world. Please join us in bringing this proven solution to the Congolese and empower them to conquer poverty with dignity and hope.

With gratitude, warm wishes, and love, Vicki.

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