What Everyone Forgets About The Kennedy Family

One of the most talked-about families from history is the iconic Kennedy family. Both John F. Kennedy and Jackie Onassis’s sides of the family have been in the public eye for decades. From marriages, money, and celebrity friends, here are the most important things everyone seems to have forgotten about the Kennedy family.

Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy Was Shunned From Her Family

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Often referred to as the “forgotten” sister, Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy ended up being shunned from her family. This was because she married a Protestant named William Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington.

The Kennedy family are devoted Catholics, so marrying outside her religion caused a huge rift in her family. Only her older brother Joe Jr. came to her wedding.

Rose Kennedy Had Some Strict Behavioral Rules

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As the matriarch of the Kennedy family, Rose Kennedy put some strict rules in place to keep her children at a high standard.

She made it a rule that no one would ever cry; even with so much devastation in the family. Also, the children were expected to give reports at dinner over topics assigned to them by their mother.

What The Public Never Knew About John Vernou Bouvier III

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Jackie Kennedy came from a well-to-do family, but her father had things he wasn’t sharing with those closest to him. John Vernou Bouvier III was given the name “Black Jack” because he lived a wild life full of gambling, romancing, and reckless behavior.

He couldn’t even walk Jackie down the aisle on her wedding day because he was too messed up.

The Meanings Behind Their Secret Service Nicknames

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Every U.S. president and their family are all given code names used by the Secret Service for security reasons.

John F. Kennedy was called “Lancer” as a reference to the play Camelot, which had a similar story to his presidency. Jackie was called “Lace”, John Jr. was “Lark”, and Caroline was “Lyric”.

Jackie Was Engaged Before JFK

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Before Jackie Kennedy married John F. Kennedy, she was actually engaged to another man. A stockbroker named John G. W. Husted Jr. proposed to her and she accepted.

However, she did this on impulse because she hadn’t even known the man for more than a month. Jackie ended up breaking off the engagement.

A Wild Party At Bing Crosby’s House

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Even though John F. Kennedy was the nation’s leader, it didn’t mean that he didn’t get into some trouble every now and then.

In December 1962, he attended a party at the home of legendary performer Bing Crosby. Things started to get so out of hand that the police guarding the house thought the noise was a pack of coyotes.

Jackie Kennedy’s Ancestry Was Made Up

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It’s no secret that Jackie Kennedy grew up with a privileged life, but a lot of that has to do with some fabrications about her ancestry.

Her grandfather, Major Bouvier, claimed to be a descendant of French aristocrats. In actuality, the family was made up of maids, tavern owners, farmers, and cabinet makers.

JFK Failed His Physical Fitness Test

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While being part of the U.S. Navy was an important experience in John F. Kennedy’s life, he actually wasn’t supposed to join.

He did not pass his physical fitness test and was originally denied from entering. Then, his father used his connections to obtain a clean bill of health from a family doctor to let JFK into the Navy.

Did JFK Steal The Election?

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There has been some evidence claiming that John F. Kennedy cheated in the 1960 presidential election against Richard Nixon.

Some counties had more votes than residents and others found that people who had passed on had voted for Kennedy. The matter was brought to the courts and an election judge confessed to tampering with votes.

Jackie Never Liked Her Wedding Dress

John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Lee Bouvier wed on September 12, 1953
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The marriage between John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy was one of the biggest social events of that era.

Since things needed to look perfect, Jackie didn’t have too much of a say regarding the details. One thing she really didn’t like was her wedding dress. She thought it made her look like a lampshade.

Jackie’s Iconic Pink Suit Was A Knock-Off

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One outfit people will always remember Jackie Kennedy in was the pink bouclé suit she wore on November 22, 1963.

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld claimed that the suit was a Chanel knock-off and was a line-for-line copy. While the dress was made using Chanel materials, it was manufactured in America.

JFK Was Married Before Meeting Jackie

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While it was thought that John F. Kennedy lived the life of a bachelor before meeting Jackie Kennedy, that actually wasn’t the case.

Kennedy biographer, Jerry Oppenheimer, found that JFK married twice-divorced Florida socialite Durie Malcolm in 1947. When his father found out, he had all records destroyed and it’s not known if Kennedy and Malcolm were officially divorced before he married Jackie.

Was JFK Part Of The Illuminati?

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A lot of questions went unanswered after JFK had his life taken from him. One of the biggest theories as to why that happened has to do with a secret society.

Some theories claim that he was part of the Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era group with powerful members from all over the world. After JFK tried to make peace with Cuba, this supposedly angered the Illuminati and they wanted him gone.

Jackie Was Bribed Not To Divorce JFK

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Things weren’t as happy behind the scenes during the marriage between John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy. Even their honeymoon was full of heartbreaking mishaps.

By the time JFK was about to get elected, Jackie had enough of the marriage and wanted a divorce. Her father-in-law didn’t want to see JFK’s reputation go downhill, so he bribed Jackie with one million dollars to stay married.

How The Kennedys Got Their Money

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The patriarch of the Kennedys, Joseph Sr., supposedly made his money from smart business endeavors such as the stock market, real estate, and refinancing big Hollywood studios.

Some may not know that before all of this he was involved with organized crime. Famous mob boss Frank Costello said, “I helped Kennedy get rich.”

Rose Kennedy Was Given A Special Motherhood Title

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Rose Kennedy, the matriarch of the Kennedys, was given a special title called the Papal Countess for Exemplary Motherhood in 1951.

This was given to her by the Vatican because she was a good example of what it takes to be a Catholic mother. They were impressed by how she handled so many losses and still gave back to charity.

Jackie Interviewed Richard Nixon

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Before marrying JFK, Jackie Kennedy worked at the Washington Times-Herald as a reporter and photographer. She would usually take photos of people she saw on the street and ask them questions about current events.

During her time at the newspaper, she got the chance to interview Richard Nixon and covered the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Jackie Visited The White House Years Later

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Only two weeks after JFK was taken did Jackie Kennedy and her family have to leave the White House. Jackie hadn’t been back to the White House because she thought it would be too painful and sad.

Some may not know that she returned on February 3, 1971, by invitation of Richard Nixon to view the portraits of her late husband and herself with her children.

Jackie Had Enough Of The Paparazzi

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Almost every celebrity has dealt with paparazzi at some point in their life, but Jackie Kennedy was almost always surrounded.

It got to the point where she had to put out a restraining order against Ron Galella because he was constantly trying to take her picture. She won the case and he was forbidden from photographing her or her family.

Lee Radziwill Married A Prince

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Lee Radziwall was Jackie Kennedy’s sister and was one of the main inspirations behind most of Jackie’s fashion.

Her second marriage was to a prince named Stanislaw Radziwall, who was a Polish count. After their divorce, she got close to Mick Jagger and accompanied him on a Rolling Stones tour in 1972.