Saturday, June 5, 2010
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Ethel Skakel Kennedy (born April 11, 1928) is the widow of Senator and former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
Ethel met Robert F. Kennedy during a ski trip to Mont Tremblant Resort in Quebec, Canada during the winter of 1945. At the time, Robert was dating Ethel's sister, Patricia. That relationship ended and Ethel and Robert started seeing each other. Ethel campaigned for his brother, John F. Kennedy, in his 1946 campaign for United States Congress, and wrote her college thesis on his book Why England Slept.
Bobby and Ethel became engaged in February 1950, and were married on June 17, 1950 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenwich. [They had 11 children, two of whom have died: David, from a drug overdose, and Michael, in a skiing accident.]
Just after midnight on June 5, 1968, Ethel's husband was assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan. He died 26 hours later.
She currently lives at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port.