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Date Of BirthApril 11, 1928
SpouseRobert F. Kennedy
FactDaughter of secretary Ann Brannack (1892-1955) and businessman George Skakel (1892-1955), both kill in an airplane crash in October 3, 1955.

Ethel Kennedy (née Skakel; born April 11, 1928) is an American human rights activist and widow of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated while running for president in 1968.

Early Life

Ethel Skakel was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Ann Brannack and George Skakel. Her father was a wealthy businessman and her mother was a socialite. She has four siblings: Jean, George Jr., Rushton, and Michael. Skakel was educated at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Connecticut.


After her husband’s death, Kennedy became a human rights activist. She founded the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights in 1968. She has also worked on behalf of the Special Olympics and Amnesty International. In 2009, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

Net Worth

Kennedy has an estimated net worth of $50 million.


Kennedy met her future husband, Robert F. Kennedy, while they were both students at the University of Virginia. They married in 1950 and had 11 children together. Kennedy’s son, David, died in 1984 from a drug overdose. Her daughter, Rory, is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. Her son, Joe, is a businessman. Her son, Bobby Jr., is an environmental lawyer. Her daughter, Kerry, is a diplomat. Her son, Max, is an actor. Her son, Christopher, died in 1997 from a skiing accident. Her son, Anthony, is a businessman.

Physical Characteristics

Kennedy is 5’6″ tall and weighs approximately 120 pounds. She has blue eyes and blonde hair.

General Info

Full NameEthel Kennedy
Date Of BirthApril 11, 1928
EducationConvent of the Sacred Heart in the Bronx, Manhattanville College, Greenwich Academy


SpouseRobert F. Kennedy
ChildrenRobert F. Kennedy, Jr., Kerry Kennedy, Rory Kennedy, Michael LeMoyne Kennedy, Joseph P. Kennedy II, David Kennedy, Courtney Kennedy Hill, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Max Kennedy, Christopher G. Kennedy, Douglas Harriman Kennedy
ParentsGeorge Skakel, Ann Brannack
SiblingsGeorgeann Skakel, Ann Skakel, Rushton Walter Skakel, George Skakel Jr., Patricia Sistine Skakel, James Skakel


AwardsGlamour Award for The Generations

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1Introspection! I hate it!
2When we lost Bobby, I would wake up in the morning and think, 'He's OK. He's in Heaven, and he's with Jack and a lot of my brothers and sisters and my parents.' So it made it very easy to get through the day thinking he was OK.
3The Kennedys were very organized. Dinner was always served at 7:15, and if you were a minute late, it really wasn't worth it. In my family, you never knew when dinner was going to be. It could be at 7, or it could be at 10.


1Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President 'Barack Obama (I)'qv) 24 November 2014.
2Was pregnant with daughter Rory Kennedy when husband Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated.
3Has six siblings named Georgeann Skakel (1918-1983), James Curtis Skakel (1921-1998), George Skakel Jr. (1922-1966), Rushton Walter Skakel (1923-2003), Patricia Sistine Skakel (1925-2000) and Ann Skakel (b. 1933).
4Daughter of secretary Ann Brannack (1892-1955) and businessman George Skakel (1892-1955), both kill in an airplane crash in October 3, 1955.
5Ex-mother-in-law of Andrew Cuomo and Vicky Gifford Kennedy.
6Ex-sister-in-law of Peter Lawford, Joan Bennett Kennedy.
7Younger sister of Rushton Skakel Sr.. Aunt of Tommy Skakel and Michael Skakel, Maria Shriver, Christopher Lawford, Caroline Kennedy, John Kennedy Jr..
8Mother of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Joseph Kennedy, Robert Kennedy Jr., Courtney Kennedy, Michael LeMoyne Kennedy, Maxwell Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy Cuomo and Rory Kennedy.
9Daughter-in-law of Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Kennedy.
10Sister-in-law of John F. Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, Jean Kennedy Smith, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Sargent Shriver, Patricia Kennedy, Rosemary Kennedy.
1111 children, with Robert F. Kennedy: Kathleen (b. 1951), Joseph (b. 1952), Robert (b. 1954), David (b. 1955), Courtney (b. 1956), Michael (b. 1958), Kerry (b. 1959), Christopher (b. 1963), Matthew (b. 1965), Douglas (b. 1967) and Rory (b. 1968).




Cheers1992TV SeriesEthel Kennedy


Ghosts of Abu Ghraib2007Documentary special thanks - as Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy


Entertainment Tonight2006-2008TV SeriesHerself
The Rise of the Celebrity Class2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
On Stage at the Kennedy Center: The Mark Twain Prize2002TV MovieHerself (uncredited)
Robert F. Kennedy: A Memoir1998TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Fight in the Fields1997DocumentaryHerself
Assassinations That Changed the World1996TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Biography1995TV Series documentaryHerself
The American Sportsman1982TV SeriesHerself
Fight of the Century1971TV MovieHerself - Audience Member
Today1970TV SeriesHerself
60 Minutes1968TV Series documentaryHerself - Widow of Robert F. Kennedy's
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1960TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Conspiracy2015TV Series documentaryHerself - Wife of Robert F. Kennedy
A Football Life2014TV SeriesHerself
The Lost Kennedy Home Movies2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
Kennedys' Home Movies2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
A President to Remember2008DocumentaryHerself
Inside the U.S. Secret Service2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Kennedys: The Curse of Power2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hendrix2000TV MovieHerself (walks in King funeral procession) (uncredited)
Steal This Movie2000Herself (behind RFK) (uncredited)
Our Friend, Martin1999VideoHerself - at King's funeral (uncredited)
The Speeches of Robert F. Kennedy1995VideoHerself - at 1964 Convention, with King Mourners, at Funeral of RFK
Nixon1995Herself - behind RFK during Final Speech (uncredited)
Stalking the President: A History of American Assassins1992DocumentaryHerself - Beside RFK During Final Speech
JFK1991Herself - Behind RFK During Final Speech (uncredited)
The Doors1991Herself - at 1968 California Primary (uncredited)
I due Kennedy1970DocumentaryHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1957TV SeriesHerself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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