Thursday, July 22, 2010

Happy 120th birthday to Rose Kennedy

Great Aunt" Rose Kennedy:this rose is for the woman who was the mother of this nation's 35th President, John F. Kennedy, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Senator Ted Kennedy, remembering you today, happy 120th birthday!
President Kennedy with his mother, 06 December 1962!
Rose Kennedy
Jul. 22, 1890
Jan. 22, 1995Rose Elizabeth Kennedy (née Fitzgerald; July 22, 1890 – January 22, 1995) was the wife of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and the mother of President John F. Kennedy.
Born in the North End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, she was the eldest child of John F. "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald and his wife (who was also his second cousin), Mary Josephine Hannon. "Honey Fitz" was a prominent figure in Boston politics and served one term as a member of United States Congress and two terms as the Mayor of Boston.
As a young child, Fitzgerald lived in an Italianate/Mansard-style home in the Ashmont Hill section of Dorchester, Massachusetts and attended the local Girl's Latin School. The home later burned down, but a plaque at Welles Avenue and Harley Street proclaims "Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Square". The plaque was dedicated by her son, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, on Rose's 102nd birthday in 1992.
Rose studied at the convent school Kasteel Bloemendal in Vaals, The Netherlands, and graduated from Dorchester High School in 1906. She also attended the New England Conservatory in Boston where she studied piano. After being refused permission by her father to attend Wellesley College, Fitzgerald enrolled at the Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart (as it was known at that time). In 1908, Fitzgerald and her father embarked on a tour of Europe. She and "Honey Fitz" had a private audience with Pope Pius X at the Vatican. Kennedy was widowed in November 1969 by the death of her husband Joseph P. Kennedy. She outlived four of her nine children - Joseph Jr died in 1944, Kathleen in 1948, John in 1963 and Robert in 1968. The death of Edward in 2009 left Jean (by then aged 81) as the last surviving child of Joseph and Rose Kennedy. Just eight months after John F. was assassinated, Kennedy's mother, Mary, died at the age of 98.
Her husband provided well for her and their family, but was not faithful. While eight months pregnant with their fourth child, Rose went back to her parents. When she got home her father clearly reminded her that she was Catholic and that they didn't believe in divorce, so she was just going to have to live with her choice of Joseph P. Kennedy for a husband. She went back to him, and presented a stoic outlook to one and all, in spite of his dalliances, one of which involved film star Gloria Swanson, and was obvious to one and all. Swanson once said, "that Rose must be a saint, a fool, or just a better actress than me."
Rose Kennedy's strict Roman Catholic religion often placed her at odds with her children, most notably daughter Kathleen. She refused to attended Kathleen's wedding to William Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington, an Anglican and the eldest son and heir of the 10th Duke of Devonshire on May 6, 1944. Normal relations eventually resumed, particularly given the deaths of both Cavendish and Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., during World War II. When the Marchioness of Hartington herself died in a plane crash in 1948 (in which her new fiance, the Earl FitzWilliam, a divorced Anglican, was also killed), only her father attended her funeral and burial at the Devonshire family seat, as he had already been in Europe planning to meet the Marchioness and her boyfriend.
Rosemary Kennedy died on January 7, 2005 at the age of 86, Patricia Kennedy Lawford died on September 17, 2006 at the age of 82, Eunice Kennedy Shriver died on August 11, 2009, aged 88, and Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy died on August 25, 2009, aged 77. As of June 2010, only one child is still living, 82-year old Jean Kennedy Smith.
In 1984, at the age of 94, Kennedy suffered a severe stroke and had to use a wheelchair for the rest of her life.
She maintained her residence at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts and was cared for by private nurses and staff. On January 22, 1995, Kennedy died from complications from pneumonia at the age of 104, outliving four of her nine children, and one grandson, David Anthony Kennedy.
Well-known for her philanthropic efforts and for leading the Grandparents' Parade at age 90 at the Special Olympics, Kennedy's life and work are documented in the Oscar-nominated short documentary Rose Kennedy: A Life to Remember.
In 1951, Venerable Pope Pius XII granted Kennedy the title of Roman countess in recognition of her "exemplary motherhood and many charitable works."
The Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston, Massachusetts is named after her.
The Rose Kennedy Cocktail is a popular drink in bars in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States.
Played by Michelle Trout in the film, Lives and Deaths of the Poets (2009).
American band Rasputina's song "Rose K." from their album "How We Quit the Forest" is based on her

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