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Why Kick Kennedy's Defiance of the Catholic Church Meant Her Family Refused to Attend Her Wedding – and Even Her Funeral

Why Kick Kennedy's Defiance of the Catholic Church Meant Her Family Refused to Attend Her Wedding – and Even Her Funeral

Originally posted 04/13/2016 12:05PM

Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy broke her parents' hearts when she defied their wishes and married Billy Hartington, a future duke – and a Protestant.

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Inside Rosemary Kennedy's Disastrous Lobotomy – And How Her Father Chose Her Doctor

Inside Rosemary Kennedy's Disastrous Lobotomy – And How Her Father Chose Her Doctor

Originally posted 10/14/2015 04:45PM

When she was just 23, Rosemary Kennedy underwent a relatively new procedure – a prefrontal lobotomy – that was ordered by her father in an attempt to ease her emotional outbursts.

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Patrick Kennedy Paints a Raw – and Controversial – New Portrait of His Late Father: He Suffered in 'Silent Desperation'

Patrick Kennedy Paints a Raw – and Controversial – New Portrait of His Late Father

Originally posted 10/07/2015 06:50PM

Patrick Kennedy is done keeping secrets.

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Patrick Kennedy Now Suspects Mental Illness Was Behind Two 'Kennedy Curse' Family Tragedies

Patrick Kennedy Now Suspects Mental Illness Was Behind Two 'Kennedy Curse' Family Tragedies

Originally posted 10/07/2015 09:40AM

The many tragedies suffered by one of America's most famous families have long been attributed to the "Kennedy Curse" – but former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy tells PEOPLE he believes mental illness was responsible for at least two of the darker chapters in Kennedy history.

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Joan Kennedy Denies Working on Son Patrick's New Tell-All Book

Joan Kennedy Denies Working on Son Patrick's New Tell-All Book

Originally posted 10/06/2015 03:00PM

Joan Kennedy says she had nothing to do with her son Patrick Kennedy's controversial new memoir detailing his late father's battles with addiction.

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Patrick Kennedy to Be a Father Again

Patrick Kennedy to Be a Father Again

Originally posted 09/03/2013 06:30PM

Patrick Kennedy and his wife are adding one more member to the Kennedy clan.

The son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy and his wife, Amy Petitgout, are expecting another baby, he confirmed to the Associated Press Tuesday.

They are due with a daughter on Thanksgiving Day, he revealed.

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PHOTO: Another Gorgeous Kennedy Wedding!

Congressman Joseph Kennedy III Marries Lauren Birchfield

Originally posted 12/03/2012 02:15PM

Happy news for the Kennedy family: Congressman-elect Joe Kennedy III is a married man.

The newly-elected politician wed fiancée Lauren Birchfield on Saturday at the Community Church in Corona del Mar, Calif., his office tells NBC News. The ceremony was officiated by her father, the Rev. Jim Birchfield.

Kennedy, 32, and Birchfield, 28, met at Harvard Law School, and they were married in front of family and friends.

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Patrick Kennedy Ties the Knot

Patrick Kennedy Ties the Knot

Originally posted 07/16/2011 05:00PM

Patrick Kennedy is a bachelor no longer.

The former Rhode Island Congressman married Amy Petitgout in Hyannis Port, Mass., on Friday evening, PEOPLE confirms.

"This is a day that's a beautiful day, not only in weather but just for my family," Kennedy, 44, told reporters. "And I'm the luckiest guy. She's the best I could have ever imagined, and I'm lucky to be able to share this day with her."

The son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy wed the schoolteacher in an intimate ceremony at the Kennedy Compound.

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