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A successful lawyer, Victoria Kennedy became a well-known figure in Washington, D.C., when she married Senator Ted Kennedy in 1992.
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"And then she basically put my uncle, who had always carried our entire family on his shoulders, she put him on hers, and she just carried him." Ted Kennedy died from brain cancer on August 25, 2009.
After her husband's death, political pundits suggested Victoria as a possible candidate to run for Senator Kennedy's former seat in Congress. A spokesperson for Victoria said she was "not interested."
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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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