Patricia Kennedy Lawford, who as a sister of President John F. Kennedy had a front row seat to history and forged new links between her brother’s administration and Hollywood through her marriage to the actor Peter Lawford, died yesterday at her home in Southampton, N.Y. She was 82 and also had a home in Manhattan.
From Associated Press, via CNN:
"My sister Pat is irreplaceable," Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Kennedy said in a statement. "Everyone who knew Pat adored her. She was admired for her great style, for her love and support of the arts, her wit and generosity -- and for the singular sense of wonder and joy she brought into our lives."Sad. Too bad the right-wingers who have a congenital hatred for anything related to the Kennedys will start their smear campaign now.
While always a tireless supporter of her brother's political campaigns, inspired by her father's career in the movie industry, she set her sights on Hollywood at a young age soon after her graduation from Rosemont College.
She began working as an assistant in NBC's New York production department and then moved to Los Angeles with the goal of becoming a producer and director. She worked as an assistant for Kate Smith's radio program, and for Father Peyton's Family Theater and Family Rosary Crusade, according to the Web site for the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.
She met British actor Peter Lawford through her brother, the future president, in 1949. They were married in 1954 and had four children before divorcing in 1965.
Lawford traveled the country in support of her brother's presidential campaign in 1960 and was also involved in the political campaigns of Robert Kennedy and Edward Kennedy.
She moved to New York City in 1965 where she became a supporter of the city's arts scene. She founded the National Committee for the Literary Arts and also worked with the National Center on Addiction and with the Kennedy Library.