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Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter. Author Kate Clifford Larson, October 29, 2017


Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter
Author Kate Clifford Larson

Sunday, October 29, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Community Room, Needham Free Public Library
1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA

Free and open to the public
Refreshments
Sponsored by the Friends of the Needham Public Library

Joe and Rose Kennedy's strikingly beautiful daughter Rosemary attended exlusive schools, was presented as a debutate to the queen of England, and traveled the world with her high-spirited sisters. Yet Rosemary was intellectually disabled, a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful and glamorous family.

Kate Larson reveals both the sensitive care Rose and Joe gave to Rosemary and then—as the family's standing reached an apex—the often desperate and duplicitous arrangements the Kennedys made to keep her away from home as she became increasingly difficult in her early twenties. Finally, Larson illuminates Joe's decision to have Rosemary lobotomized at age twenty-three and the family's complicity in keeping the secret.

Come and find more about this forgotten Kennedy daughter and the impact she had in later life on her more famous siblings.

Books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Wellesley Books.


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