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The New Kennedy: 1953

The New Kennedy: 1953

"Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy at their wedding, September 12, 1953, Newport, Rhode Island." Acetate negative by Toni Frissell. View full size.

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George Smathers

Upper left, behind the guy with glasses is actually JFK's best friend in Congress, Senator George Smathers from Florida. They did a lot of carousing together.

One of the pretty kneeling ladies-

Directly in front of the bride is her then 20 year old sister Lee Bouvier, later to become Mrs. Stanislas Radziwill.

The tall smiling man with glasses-

It's Lemoyne Billings, JFK's close friend from their prep-school days. Lifelong bachelor "Lem," as he was familiarly called, was well known to the family through several generations as a trusted, valued pal.


I worked for Robert Kennedy in his first senatorial campaign. The fist thing we learned was to call him RFK or Robert. Only the inner circle was allowed to call him Bobby. Yes I did meet him, and he was in my opinion, by far the smartest of the brothers. In later year I would hear people tell me that they knew "Bobby". I would smile and say, no you did not. It was pounded into us how to talk to him.

Identifying them

Am gonna take a stab - I think the guy to far Left, left of guy with glasses, might be Sargent Shriver. To right of Jackie looking at her I think is Teddy, and under his chin Lawford. Seems to be Bobby to L of Jack. A very interesting pic.

[Shriver is the one you think is Lawford. Lawford, Bobby and Teddy aren't in the photo. Far right is Paul "Red" Fay. -tterrace]

Politics Aside

The man had great hair.

Front and center

Ethel Skakel Kennedy, wife of Bobby Kennedy.

Jackie's hair

Looks frosted. Rather radical. Glad she returned to her dark brunette. Very classy.


And so it begins. Ten short years.

Bill Murray

Upper left, behind the guy with the glasses.

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