- NAME: Caroline Kennedy
- OCCUPATION: Lawyer
- BIRTH DATE: November 27, 1957 (Age: 55)
- EDUCATION: Radcliffe College, Columbia Law School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: New York, New York
- Full Name: Caroline Bouvier Kennedy
- AKA: Caroline B. Kennedy
- AKA: Caroline Kennedy
- AKA: Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg
- AKA: Caroline Schlossberg
- ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius
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Writer, editor, and lawyer Caroline Kennedy is the only surviving child of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
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As a young adult, Caroline Kennedy hoped to become a reporter. But she realized early-on that as a Kennedy, she would always be the story.
Although Caroline takes after her mother's shyness and sophistication, she is also her own person with a more relaxed and down-to-earth personality.
After the death of her father in 1963, Caroline Kennedy became even closer to the already close-knit Kennedy family, especially with her female cousins.
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Born in New York City on November 27, 1957, Caroline Kennedy is the only surviving child of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. She spent her early years living in the White House during her father's term as president, and is known for being the most private member of the famous Kennedy family. A lawyer and author, Caroline has co-written and edited several books. In 2013,
"As much as we need a prosperous economy, we also need a prosperity of kindness and decency."
she was announced as a likely contender to be the next U.S. ambassador to Japan.
Caroline Bouvier Kennedy was born on November 27, 1957, in New York City, to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and John F. Kennedy. Caroline spent her early years living in the White House during her father's term as president. His time in office is often referred to as the "Camelot Presidency" for the hope and optimism the young politician brought to America. As a result, the Kennedys were thrust into the spotlight as the ideal American family. Caroline was a frequent media darling; people couldn't get enough of the little girl who walked her father to the Oval Office each morning, and rode her pony on the White House lawn.
Not everything in the Kennedy household was idyllic, however, and the family suffered numerous tragedies. Among them was the loss of Caroline's eldest sister, who was stillborn 15 months before Caroline was born. Three years later, on August 7, 1963, her youngest brother, Patrick, was born prematurely. He died two days later from lung failure. But chief among the young Caroline's early losses came on November 22, 1963, when her father was assassinated by sniper fire. Caroline was not yet six years old at the time.
Kennedy grew extremely close to her younger brother John, Jr. during her youth. Together, they endured a series of family tragedies, later dubbed "The Kennedy Curse." Among them were the assassination of their uncle and U.S. Senator, Robert F. Kennedy, and the death of a former campaign worker during a car accident involving their other uncle, U.S. Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy. Ted survived, but the incident became a national scandal.
In 1968, Caroline's mother, Jacqueline, made headlines when she married Greek Shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassis. The Kennedy family moved to New York City to be with their stepfather, and Jacqueline began working as an editor for Viking Press. Caroline's mother tried hard to shield her children from the public eye, often keeping them away from their rebellious, scandal-making cousins.
As a result of their mother's raising, Caroline and her brother strayed away from drugs and alcohol, instead becoming conscientious students. Caroline performed well in New York private school, and went on to attend Radcliffe College (now part of Harvard) for her undergraduate studies. In addition to her courseload, the young Kennedy interned for the New York Daily News and worked in the summers as a political intern for her uncle, Ted Kennedy.
After earning her bachelor's degree in 1979, Caroline worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she met her future husband, an interactive-media designer named Edwin Schlossberg.
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There's no such thing as royalty in the United States, but if anyone has ever come close to that level, it's the Kennedy family. For 64 years, Washington had at least one Kennedy in public office. Descended from Irish Catholics who fled the potato famine, the family has a strong tradition in the Democratic party, the most prominent member being President John F. Kennedy. In addition to fame and political power, the Kennedy clan has had more than its fair share of tragedy—several members of the family have died in accidents and assassinations, in what's been called the "Kennedy curse."
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