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Kick Kennedy splits with Harper Simon

Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy — actress daughter of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his first wife, Emily Black — has broken off her relationship with Paul Simon’s son, Harper Simon, after less than a year.

Kick and musician Harper, who’s worked with Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon and last year released the album “Division Street,” met at a party for social network ASmallWorld in Morocco last year.

Kick’s work includes theater and TV’s “The Newsroom,” “Gossip Girl” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” starring Cheryl Hines, her dad’s new wife.

We’re told Kick — who recently said, “Hopefully, one day people will come see me for something that doesn’t have to do with my last name” — is now focusing on her acting career.


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Joy she gave, joy she has found

By Deborah Devonshire - The Spectator - June 3, 2006 

1938 was a vintage year for beautiful girls. Hollywood would have nabbed many of them: June Chapel,Clarissa Churchill,Pat Douglas, Veronica Fraser,Jane Kenyan-Slaney,Sylvia Muir,Sissy Lloyd Thomas,Elizabeth Scott or Gina Wernher.

Our lives were ruled by invitations, lists of girls and young men trying to keep up with clean white kid gloves,including elbow length ones for the evening which gave such stye to the wearer,and shoes which suffered from being danced in all night long. I longed for another evening dress ( home-made by our retired house keeper for 240 pennies a time),and some of the girls had enviable clothes from Victor Steibel,while their mothers were dressed by Molyneux or Norman Hartwell. Hats came from Madam Rita in Berkley Square;we wore silk stockings in London and lisle in the country; and all the extras which seemed essential then.

It was the beginning of that 1938 season that the new US Ambassador to the Court of St. James arrived with much friendly publicity. Joseph P. Kennedy, his wife and nine children were warmly welcomed to London. Such a crowd of good-looking boys and girls had never been seen before among diplomats and they made an impact which was never forgotten.

The fourth of the nine was 18 year-old Kathleen, called Kick. Her initiation into the English season was to spend the weekend at Cliveden, where the American Nancy Astor was the most famous hostess in the country. The Astors had four sons. The two youngest, Michael and Jakey, inherited their mother’s brilliant talent to amuse and were the best company for any girls lucky enough to be invited to that Thames-side palace. Kick was understandably nervous when she arrived among the typical Cliveden mixture of young and old politicians and religious leaders from all over the world, the Astor boys poking fun at pompous guests as only they knew how. She emerged with flying colours, having charmed the lot of them.


Kick fell happily into this frenzied activity and became the centre of attention. She was not strictly beautiful but differed from the English girls in her infectious spirits,lack of shyness,ability to play games as well as to talk politics with the older generation. Above all her shining niceness came through. Because of her charm and lack of cattiness none of us natives resented her, in spite of her success with the young men,who were fascinated by the American phenomenon. She had the advantage of having two older brothers, Joe Jr and Jack,who could take her around with her mother’s consent.


The golden trio: Joe Jr, Kick and Jack Kennedy

The Kennedys lived in Princes Gate, around the corner from my father’s house in Rutland Gate. There was much coming and going between the houses in company with Billy Hartington,Dawyck Haig, Andrew Cavendish,Hugh Fraser,David Ormsby-Gore,William Douglas Home, Charlie Lansdowne and his brother Ned Fitzmaurice,the Astor boys,Charles Granby,Mark Howard,Robert and Dicky Cecil and various Woods and Stanleys- all undergraduates at Oxford and Cambridge.

Joe Kennedy Jr was handsome and dashing, but he preferred more sophisticated women to us 18-years olds. Jack already had something about him that separated him from the crowd. He was very thin, the legacy of serious illnesses, but he put everything into the moment, which was in 1938 to enjoy himself. My mother,watching him at a dance and impressed by what she saw, said to my future husband Andrew, who never forgot it,’ I wouldn’t be surprised if that young man became President of the United States.’

A year later came the war and the frivolities of living for pleasure ended with a bang, and we all went our separate ways. Kick and her family returned to the States, but she had made lifelong friends in London and was soon back wearing American Red Cross uniform.

Billy Hartington had been one of her crowd of suitors for some time.He eventually won the prize against all comers and after what seemed like endless negotiations over her Catholic and his avowed Protestant a compromise was reached about any children they might have. They were married in London on 6 May 1944. The fervently Catholic Rose Kennedy found it hard to forgive Kick for what she saw as a deviation from religious resolve,and I believe the relationship between mother and daughter was never the same again.


The double tragedy that was to follow is well known. The Hartington’s only spent five weeks together before Billy’s battalion was ordered to France. On 10 September he was killed by a sniper’s bullet.

After four years of widowhood, the 28-year old Kick fell in love with Peter Fitzwilliam, another one of those irresistibly attractive men who loved her. They were planning to marry and were on their way to the south of France in a small chartered plane when it crashed in a storm over the Alps and all on board were killed. So a life of such promise was extinguished. Kick is buried in the churchyard at Edensor, by Chatsworth Park. On her headstone is engraved, 'Joy she gave. Joy she has found.'

To all of us that had known and loved her it was impossible to believe that she was dead as it was fifteen years later Jack had been assassinated. The sheer vitality of brother and sister made us think them immortal. Alas,they are not.

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Kathleen Agnes ‘Kick’ Kennedy

Joy She Gave, Joy She Has Found

February 20, 1920 - May 13, 1948

The life of the Kennedy sister who tried to find her own path in life was filled with unthinkable tragedy. Just five months after fun-loving and charming Kick married the love of her life, aristocrat William Cavendish, he died on the battlefields of World War II (9 September 1944). The tragedy happened just a month after Kick’s oldest brother Joe Kennedy Jr died when his plane exploded during a top secret bombing mission in Europe. In 1948 the young widow found new love with Earl Peter FitzWilliam. Yet tragedy would strike again: on May 13, 1948 the couple died in a terrible plane crash in France. Joe Kennedy Sr was the only member of the Kennedy family to attend the funeral of his daughter. Kathleen was just 28 years old. 

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50 Years After Camelot: A new generation of Kennedys

On Friday’s 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, it’s only natural to dwell on how the tragedy affected the nation. But while we remember and pay tribute to the charismatic 35th President half a century later, it is also relevant to assess the Kennedy legacy and look forward. 

The Kennedy family has shaped the politics, news and minds of America. Their power and allure continues with the new generation of Kennedys. JFK’s grandchildren, great nieces and great nephews are making names for themselves in a variety of fields. Read on to learn more about the most recent members of the Kennedy family tree, and why you should expect to see their names in the news. 

Jack Schlossberg: The Heartthrob


Relation to JFK:
 Jack is the youngest child of JFK’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy, and her husband, Edwin Schlossberg. 

Claim to Fame: Twenty-year-old Schlossberg has recently received attention for his resemblance to his late uncle John F. Kennedy Jr. JFK’s only grandson graduated from the Collegiate School New York as valedictorian and is currently attending Yale. He also made news as an eighth-grader for co-founding ReLight New York, a project which raised money to provide affordable lighting for low-income housing 

Joe Kennedy III: The Politician


Relation to JFK: 
Joe is one of the twin sons born to Sheila Rauch and Joe Kennedy II, who is the son of JFK’s brother Robert F. Kennedy. 

Claim to Fame: This Kennedy is the first politician of the sixth generation. Following in the family business, Joe Kennedy III was elected to Massachusetts’ 4th congressional district in 2012, taking Congressman Barney Frank’s seat. The congressman, 33, serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology

Patrick Shriver Schwarzenegger: The Adorable Entrepreneur


Relation to JFK:
 Patrick is the firstborn son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. Shriver is the daughter of JFK’s sister, Eunice Kennedy. 

Claim to Fame: While you might recognize Patrick from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s recent scandals,  the 20-year-old has been working hard to make his own name. Patrick started a philanthropic clothing line known as Project 360, which raises awareness about issues like Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Shriver’s son has also done some modeling work. 

Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy: The Hipster


Relation to JFK:
 Kathleen or “Kick” is the second child of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his first wife, Emily Black. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is the second son of JFK’s brother Robert F. Kennedy Sr. 

Claim to Fame: Many assume that all Kennedys are destined to pursue politics, but “Kick” is one of the first from the family to venture into acting. The 25-year-old landed a role on The Newsroom and has taken method acting classes. “Kick” is also known for keeping it cool in New York City, frequenting pool halls and dive bars. 

Conor Kennedy: The Heartbreaker


Relation to JFK: Conor Kennedy is the oldest child of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his second wife, Mary Richardson. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is the second son of JFK’s brother Robert F. Kennedy Sr. 

Claim to Fame: Eighteen-year-old Conor soared into headlines when he was romantically linked to relationship connoisseur Taylor Swift.  The pair briefly dated in 2012, splitting after a few months due to distance.

Bobby Kennedy III: The Artist


Relation to JFK: 
Bobby is the first son of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his first wife, Emily Black. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is the second son of JFK’s brother Robert F. Kennedy Sr. 

Claim to Fame: The 26-year-old descendant made news in 2011 for his directorial debut in theater. His one-act comedic play, ELEW: Life from Infinity featured puppets enacting mythical stories about defending your musical high ground. Aside from this venture, Robert F. Kennedy’s grandson is also known for being photographed in fedoras.

Katherine Schwarzenegger: The Author


Relation to JFK
: Katherine is the oldest child of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. Shriver is the daughter of JFK’s sister Eunice Kennedy. 

Claim to Fame: In 2010, at 20 years old, Katherine wrote the book Rock What You’ve Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who’s Been There and Back. The book focuses on Katherine’s own struggles with her body image and provides advice for other young girls dealing with the same insecurities. 

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I’m feeling so unworthy of it all living as I have in reasonable safety and comfort during these years….. I have a permanent lump in my throat and long for you to be here as it is an experience which few can have and which I would love to share with you.
Letter of William “Billy” Cavendish (1917-1944) to his wife Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy during the Second World War

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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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Kick make’s her big move

Aaron Sorkin (‘The West Wing’) has created a big break in the acting world for a member of the U.S. Kennedy political dynasty. Insiders say Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy, 23, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., has just been cast in Sorkin’s HBO pilot ‘More As This Story Develops.’

The new project will reportedly co-star Olivia Munn, Emily Mortimer, Jeff Daniels, and Dev Patel (‘Slumdog Millionaire), and will take place in the world of cable news, according to the New York Post.

Kennedy, who inherited her nickname “Kick” from her adventurous great-aunt Kathleen, is a Standford graduate and recent Strasberg Institute acting student. The Sorkin series will mark her TV acting debut.

Her dad, environmental activist RFK Jr., has been romantically linked to ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ star Cheryl Hines, an industry veteran who has allegedly played a hand in introducing the show biz newbie to Hollywood producers and casting execs.

As the Post points out, young Kick Kennedy’s legacy isn’t just in D.C.: Her great-grandfather and legendary family patriarch, Joseph P. Kennedy, co-founded a powerful studio in 1929 during Hollywood’s “golden age.” RKO Pictures employed the likes of Cary Grant, Fred Astaire and Katharine Hepburn.

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The beautiful Kathleen ‘Kick’ Kennedy (23) is the oldest daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Emily Black. She has five siblings. Kick wants to be an actress, she already appeared in an episode of Gossip Girl (Touch of Eva 4.4).

Kick is named after her great-aunt Kathleen Kennedy (1920-1948), favourite sister of JFK, who’s nickname was also Kick. I think she even resembles her great-aunt a little bit (just a little bit, but we all know the Kennedy genes are quite strong). What do you think?

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