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John F. Kennedy
Originally posted 02/16/2013 06:00AM
Check out rare mementos from JFK's life, from his pre-White House years to his final day in Dallas
Originally posted 02/15/2013 02:00PM
In 1946 congressional candidate John Kennedy knocked on the door of local political operative Dave Powers to ask for his help getting the neighborhood vote. And so began their lifelong friendship.
Few were closer to Kennedy than Powers, who became the President's special assistant – and also, says Kennedy biographer Laurence Leamer, a discreet "procurer" of women. (In her 2012 book, Kennedy mistress Mimi Alford credits Powers with arranging their trysts.) "His whole job," says Leamer, "was to protect the President's image."
Originally posted 08/27/2012 11:15AM
Heroic World War II general and president of Columbia University – and one of the best-liked American presidents – Dwight D. Eisenhower wasn't particularly known for his sense of humor, but that may change now that he is being played by Robin Williams.
As seen in this photo, Williams, 61, is made up to play Eisenhower during his White House years. Ike was 62 when first sworn in, and 71 when he handed over the reins to the 43-year-old JFK in 1961.
And the role is for The Butler, an adaptation of a Washington Post article about the real-life Eugene Allen, a White House domestic-staff member who served under eight First Families. Forest Whitaker plays Allen and Oprah Winfrey will play his wife.
Originally posted 05/19/2012 10:10AM
It's been 50 years since Marilyn Monroe offered a sultry musical greeting to then President John F. Kennedy on his 45th birthday. The song, "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" has become iconic – parodied and celebrated in pop culture for the past five decades ever since it was performed on May 19, 1962.
PEOPLE.com is paying homage to the cultural moment with this roundup of equally star-studded renditions – from Mike Myers in character as Wayne Campbell to Madonna's 1993 version on SNL to the stars of Smash, vying for a role in a Marilyn-themed musical, this year.
And then there's Marilyn's version, sung at a celebration for Kennedy 10 days before his actual birthday: It was followed up with a snippet of the song "Thanks for the Memory," which she amended with lyrics written specifically for Kennedy.
Originally posted 05/17/2012 08:10PM
Mary Kennedy, who committed suicide by hanging herself, had battled depression for years, her estranged husband Robert F. Kennedy Jr. says.
"A lot of times, I don’t know how she made it through the day," Robert tells The New York Times. "She was in a lot of agony for a lot of her life."
He adds: "I don’t think anybody who was around her didn't do everything that they could to try to help her."
Originally posted 09/28/2011 08:45AM
In the three-plus decades that she appeared on the world stage, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy captivated the country's imagination. But little personal information was known about the fiercely private widow of President John F. Kennedy.
PEOPLE has learned intimate details about Kennedy's life through interviews with her confidants.
Originally posted 09/14/2011 08:15AM
She was one of the world's most beloved yet mysterious women. And as a young widow following her husband's murder in 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy largely kept quiet in her torrent of grief.
Eight and a half hours of recordings of Mrs. Kennedy from seven interviews in 1964, four months after the president's Nov. 22, 1963, murder, are set to be released as an audio book Wednesday. In excerpts published in The New York Times, the former first lady holds forth on everything from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the world's great leaders of the time to her own husband – whom she idolized to the end.
Originally posted 08/11/2009 06:30AM
Eunice Kennedy Shiver, the younger sister of President John F. Kennedy and the mother of California First Lady Maria Shriver Schwarzenegger, died at around 2 a.m. Tuesday, her family has announced.
She was 88 and the cause of her death was not disclosed, though for the past week she was listed in critical condition at Cape Cod Hospital in Barnstable, Mass., where family members, including the Schwarzeneggers,, had gathered.
In a statement, the family called Shriver "a living prayer, a living advocate, a living center of power. She set out to change the world and to change us, and she did that and more." Younger brother Sen. Edward Kennedy also paid tribute to her "great humor, sharp wit and ... boundless passion to make a difference."
Originally posted 09/18/2006 09:00AM
Patricia Kennedy Lawford, a sister of the late President John F. Kennedy, died Sunday at her Southampton, N.Y., home from complications from pneumonia, according to a spokesperson for her brother, Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. She was 82.
Originally posted 02/18/2005 09:00AM
CLASHED: The 20 contestants on CBS's Survivor: Palau were quickly whittled down to just 17 on Thursday night's premiere episode. The castaways had just become acquainted with their new surroundings when host Jeff Probst said the initial immunity challenge won by Jolanda Jones and Ian Rosenberger (who were the first of the 20 to swim ashore) would last only 10 minutes, until they finished picking their two tribes. The last woman and man chosen, Wanda Shirk and Jonathan Libby, were eliminated from the show. The game's first challenge then pitted the Koror and Ulong teams against each other for team immunity, leaving Ulong to vote off a player. That ended up being Jolanda, in a 6-3 decision. Her parting words: "I am the oldest and I think differently than my tribe. It's an experience I think everyone should try."
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