Thursday, February 20, 2014



Brookline, Massachusetts (JFK+50) JFK's sister, Kathleen Agnes 'Kick' Kennedy was born 94 years ago today, February 20, 1920, here in Brookline. a suburb of Boston.

Kathleen was the second daughter and fourth child of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.

Kathleen Kennedy
London, England
JFK Library Photo (1943)

Kathleen, who was called 'Kick' by everyone except her mother, attended Noroton Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Connecticut and the Hold Child Convent in Neuilly, France.

Kick was a London debutante in May 1938 when Joe Sr. was Ambassador to Great Britain and became a Red Cross volunteer during World War II.

Joe, Jr., Kick and Jack in London

When Kick was 21, she got a job with the Washington Times-Herald where she became close friends with John B. White.

John B. White was the star feature writer for the Washington Times-Herald. He and Kick sometimes double-dated with Jack and Inga Arvad.

John was described as a 'brilliant polymath' by friends.  A fellow newsman said 'everybody loved him.'

At the age of 24, Kick was described as being...

"a petite 5'3" American lass with bright gray-blue eyes."

It was also said that...

"she favored Jack with her reddish-brown hair" and...

"they had the same quick, self-deprecating humor, the same free-spiritedness and unharnessed energy."

It was also said that...

"the vivacious Kick...inherited her charismatic personality from...Honey Fitz."

Kick, against the wishes of her mother Rose, married William Cavendish, the Marquess of Hartington, on May 6, 1944.

Kick's husband was killed in the war on September 10, 1944.

Kathleen Kennedy died in an airplane crash in France on May 13, 1948. 

Kick's funeral was held in London attended by her father who represented the Kennedy family.   Kick was buried in the cemetery of the Church at Edensor in Derbyshire, England.


"Kathleen Kennedy: Her Life and Times," by Lynne McTaggart, Holt Rinehart & Winston, New York, 1983.

"The Kennedy Curse," by Edward Klein, St. Martin's Press, New York, 2003.