Tessa Kennedy

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Tessa Georgina Kennedy (born December 6, 1938), better known as Tessa Kennedy, is a British interior designer, whose clients include multi-national corporations, royalty, celebrities and many European hotels, restaurants and clubs. Her elopement with society portrait painter Dominick Elwes made headlines in 1957.

Biography

Kennedy was born in Guildford, Surrey, the daughter of Daška Ivanović (born in Osijek, Croatia) (1915-2004) and Geoffrey Alexander Farrer Kennedy (19081996). She is the niece of diplomat and Yugoslav shipping magnate Vane Ivanovic and great-great-niece of Dušan Popović, one of the founders of Yugoslavia. She is also the great-granddaughter of the British engineer, Sir Alexander Blackie Kennedy and granddaughter of Sir John MacFarlane Kennedy. After her parents' divorce in 1949, her mother remarried, to Lt. Col. Neil McLean, DSO.

Elopement

At age 18, Kennedy became a cause célèbre when she eloped with 26-year-old portrait painter, Dominick Elwes. Kennedy's father, however, disapproved of the relationship and instituted wardship...
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