Joan Bennett Kennedy

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Joan Bennett Kennedy (born September 9, 1936) is an American musician, writer and former model. She is the former wife of U.S. Senator from Massachusetts Edward "Ted" Moore Kennedy.

Early life

She was born on September 9, 1936 Virginia Joan Bennett in Riverdale, a neighborhood of The Bronx borough of New York City, New York, to Henry Wiggin Bennett, Jr., an advertising executive and Virginia Joan (née Stead) Bennett. Both of her parents were alcoholics. She attended Manhattanville College (then a Sacred Heart Academy) in Purchase, New York, which is also the alma mater of Jean Kennedy Smith and Ethel Skakel Kennedy, her future sisters-in-law.

As a teenager, she worked as a model in television advertising.

Marriage and divorce

In October 1957, at the dedication of a gymnasium in memory of another Kennedy sister, Kathleen Cavendish, Marchioness of Hartington — who had died in a plane crash in 1948 — Jean Kennedy introduced Joan to her brother Ted, then a student at the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville.

They were married on November 29, 1958, in Bronxville, New York. Her brother-in-law John F. Kennedy dubbed her "the dish" because of her good looks and fashionable style.

They had three children: Kara Anne Kennedy Allen (born February 27, 1960, in...
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