January 19, 1971 - Joan & her friend Mieke attend a party at Thursdays in NYC. I don’t know if they had a really deep friendship, but it was often reported that they were friends. Both had a difficult marriage. Since John Tunney was Ted’s main man, I’m prrrrretty sure he wasn’t an angel himself. Mieke filled for divorce in 1972 and it was final in 1973.
Sen. Ted Kennedy with his son Patrick in Providence, Rhode Island on September 14, 1988, Patrick had just been elected to the Rhode Island State House. At the age of 21 Pat became the youngest Kennedy to ever win office.
Patrick’s mother Joan is also seen standing behind him, applauding her son’s victory.
Photo Credit: (UPI Photo/Files)
1974 was a really tough year for Joan - and it would’ve been for anyone because she went through a lot. Joan had to cope with her son’s leg cancer AND the amputation, she entered rehab a couple of times for emotional and alcohol issues, was arrested for drunk driving and had to deal with Ted (which was a job in itself, I’m sure).
(After Bobby’s death), Joan refashioned some of Kara’s fairy tales so that they would be completely happy and nonviolent. ”Have you ever noticed how awful fairy tales are ? ” she said, ”what with poisoned apples and mean stepmothers. There’s enough pain in the world without exposing my children to that”
Joan Kennedy poses with a guest and board members at Freedom House’s May 1962 Ebony Fashion Fair.
"Joan Kennedy is a woman whose warmth and charm would have shone in almost any field of life. She has taught in public school and performed a Mozart piano concerto and read Peter and the Wolf with the Boston Symphony. Says one Bostonian who knows her well: "There isn’t anyone wanner or dearer, when she’s feeling good." - TIME magazine, 1979
Officially, it was 3. In 1963, 1964 and 1969 (after Chappaquiddick). I would really like to get the McCall’s issue that they’re talking about. It was said (by Luella Hennessey) she had some kind of hormonal deficiency and so that’s why she had trouble carrying to full term. When she was pregnant with Patrick, she had to stay in bed a lot to make sure she wouldn’t miscarry.