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In the News: Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy
Caroline Kennedy
(Photo: Chitose Suzuki/AP Wide World)
Caroline Kennedy has an impressive resume. She has published two books, co-founded the Profile in Courage Awards, is an honorary chairwoman of the American Ballet Theatre, and is President of the Kennedy Library Foundation.

Even without the list of achievements, Kennedy would be a celebrity. As the oldest child of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, she is easily recognized. When she was searching for a publisher for her first book, she did not use her family's connections but preferred to apply on her own. Once she was published, however, she said, "If my name makes more people want to read it, that's fine."

Kennedy has led a sheltered but tragic life. Her father and uncle were assassinated. Her brother, John Kennedy Jr., died in a plane crash several years ago. Her family is as close to a royal family as America has, and she is the last of the dynasty.

As a child, Kennedy attended private school in New York City and then went on to Concord Academy in Massachusetts. She graduated with a degree in Fine Arts and went on to work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Kennedy continued her education at Harvard University and Columbia Law School. In 1986, she married Edwin Schlossberg. Together they have three children, Rose, Tatiana, and John.

Although Kennedy often avoids the media spotlight, she is known for being a patron of the arts in New York City. She actively promotes public service. The Profiles in Courage Award is given annually to public officials for acts of political bravery. She is committed to supporting local volunteer groups and does so by serving on the board of the Citizens Committee for New York City.

Today Caroline spends most of her time raising her family and tending to her public responsibilities.