For more than a half century, the Jospeh P. Kennedy family of Hyannis, Mass. has presented the nation with a president, senators, congressmen and a slew of other leaders in charities and causes. Along the way, their paths and those of spouses and children have attracted notice and notoriety. Here with a sprinkling of celebrities is the family that has enthralled and appalled.
Joseph P. Kennedy and his wife Rosemary Kennedy pose with their nine children for this picture in 1938 in Bronxville, N.Y. From left, seated, are Eunice, Jean, Edward (on his father's lap), Patricia, and Kathleen. Standing: Rosemary, Robert, John, Rose Kennedy, and Joseph Jr. With the death of Edward Kennedy, only Jean Kennedy Smith is left of the immediate family.
Joseph Kennedy, the United States Ambassador to London, and his wife Rose, with some of their children, during a March 20, 1939 visit to the Vatican. The family posed with Swiss Guards on either end. Family members are, from left, Kathleen, Patricia, Robert, John, Rose, Joseph, Ted, Eunice, Jean and Rosemary. (March 1939)
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, left, takes a stroll with his father, former ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy, on an open porch at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston on Dec. 8, 1964, where the senator was recuperating from the broken back he suffered in a plane crash that killed the pilot and one of Kennedy's aides. Indian Sen. Birch Bayh and his wife survived the crash.
Rose Kennedy, the mother of President John F. Kennedy as she appeared on CBS-TV on Oct. 30, 1963. She died Jan. 22, 1995 at age 104. (October 1963)
President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline with humanitarian Pearl S. Buck and the poet Robert Frost during festivities in the East Room of the White House April 30, 1962. The first family and their guests are gathered in the East Room to hear a dramatic reading by actor Fredric March after a dinner honoring winners of the Nobel Prize. (April 1962)
The actress Marilyn Monroe sang a smoky "Happy Birthday, Mr. President . . ." during a May 1962 celebration in Madison Square Garden of President John F. Kennedy's 45th birthday. Monroe died in August 1962. Kennedy, who was born May 25, 1917, was assassinated in November 1963. Rumors have persisted that the two had a relationship. (May 1962)
John Kennedy was cofounder and editor-in-chief of the nonpartisan political magazine George, named for President George Washington. The debut edition featured supermodel Cindy Crawford dressed as the, er, father of the country. The magazine folded after Kennedy died in a plane crash off Long Island. (September 1995)
John Kennedy and actress Daryl Hannah walk swiftly to St. Andrew's Church for the wedding of Ted Kennedy Jr. Oct. 10, 1993 in New Shoreham, RI. on Block Island. Hannah was a long-term girlfriend.
John Kennedy Jr. talks to Daryl Hannah as they check their flight schedule upon their arrival in Manila Aug. 7, 1993. Kennedy and Hannah were vacationing together in the Pacific islands. (August 1993)
John Kennedy Jr. and Daryl Hannah in a Manila airport on Aug. 7, 1993. The couple vacationed together in the Pacific Islands. But broke up after returning to the United States.
John Kennedy Jr. and his new wife, Carolyn Bessette, leave their TriBeCa loft in October 1996. This was there first public appearance together since returning from their honeymoon. The couple later died in a small plane crash off Martha's Vineyard. (October 1996)
It's hard to miss the conspiratorial smile on Caroline Kennedy's face as her brother, John, leans in with some information. The two were at a ceremony for the annual Profile in Courage Award May 29, 1998 in Boston. John Kennedy died in a plane crash the following year.
Actor Peter Lawford achieved fame, and notoriety in Hollywood. He palled with a group known as the Rat Pack. It included actors in the 1960 version of "Ocean's Eleven." The group, from left, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Lawford and Joey Bishop.
Peter Lawford, right, also starred in "Sergeants 3" with, from left, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. (1962)
Jean Kennedy Smith, the last surviving member of the family of Joseph and Rose Kennedy at the time of the death of her sister, Eunice who died Aug. 11, 2009 at age of 88.
William Kennedy Smith, second from left walks from St. Edwards Catholic Church in Palm Beach, Fla. After attending Mass, he went to a court session in his rape trial at Palm Beach County Courthouse. With him, from right, his sister Kym and cousin Michael Kennedy. The woman at left is not identified. Michael Kennedy died in an Aspen skiing accident in December 1997. (December 1991)
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, assists his father-in-law Sargent Shriver to a car after the funeral of Eunice Kennedy Shriver at Saint Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in the Hyannis, Mass. Aug. 14, 2009. Schwarzenegger is married to Maria Shriver. Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her brother U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy died within two weeks of each other.
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, his then-wife Maria Shriver, daughter of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and Tim Shriver, son of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, attend Shriver's wake at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church on Aug. 13, 2009, in Centerville, Mass.
Douglas Kennedy escorts his mother Ethel Kennedy, wife of U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy on July 19, 1999 when divers were searching for the wreckage of the plane flown by her nephew and his cousin, John F. Kennedy Jr. John Kennedy, his wife Caroline Bessette and her sister perished when the plane crashed. The bodies were later recovered. (July 1999)
Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-Mass.) and his sister Rory Elizabeth Kennedy stand with the hearse bearing the body of their brother Michael Kennedy before funeral services at Our Lady of Victory Church in Centerville, Mass. Jan. 3, 1998. Michael Kennedy died Dec. 31, 1997 in a skiing accident at Aspen. (January 1998)
Andrew Cuomo listens as his wife Kerry Kennedy Cuomo speaks in April 2002 after he announced he would enter the Democrat primary for New York governor in Mineola. With them at the announcement are, from left, his mother Matilda Cuomo and the couple's daughters, Cara Kennedy Cuomo, Michaela, and Cara's twin Mariah. A little more than a year later, the couple announced that they were separating after 13 years of marriage. Kennedy-Cuomo is the daughter of U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy, Cuomo is the son of former N.Y. Gov. Mario Cuomo. They later divorced. (April 2002)
Robert F. Kennedy's granddaughter Saoirse Kennedy Hill places a white rose at Kennedy's gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery during a ceremony honoring RFK's 75th birthday. From left are Father Gerry Creedon; Ethel Kennedy, RFK's widow; Paul Hill; Courtney Kennedy Hill and Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, holding daughter Michaela. The Eternal Flame at the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy is in the foreground. (June 2000)
Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend participates in a reception Jan. 7, 2009 for the Points of Light Institute in the White House. Behind her, from left are former Pennsylvania Sen. Harris Wofford and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. She is a daughter of U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. (January 2009)
U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) walks with his wife, Joan, and son, Edward Jr. across the Wesleyan University campus, in Middletown, Conn. on Nov. 12, 1979. The couple later divorced. The senator died Aug. 25 at age 77. (November 1979)
Presidential candidate Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) attends a dinner in the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan Dec. 12, 1979. He had declared his presidential candidacy at that time. With him is, from left, brother-in-law Stephen Smith; his sister, Pat Lawford; sister-in-law Jackie Onassis; and Jean Kennedy Smith. The two people at right are not identified.
At a January 2004 presidential nomination rally for U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-Rhode Island) and his father U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy pretend to tussle for the microphone. (January 2004)
Victoria Reggie, left, wife of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), and his former wife, Joan Bennett, walk in a procession to the funeral of Eunice Kennedy Shriver at Saint Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Hyannis, Mass. Shriver, the sister of President John F. Kennedy and Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, died Aug. 11 at age 88. Sen. Kennedy died two weeks later at age 77. (Aug. 14, 2009)