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Joan Bennett Kennedy attends Ted Kennedy’s funeral

Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy’s ex-wife, Joan Bennett Kennedy, attended the funeral services for the U.S. Senator at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston, Massachusetts August 29, 2009.

Ted Kennedy and Joan Bennett met in 1957 while she was a student at Manhattanville College (then a Sacred Heart Academy), part-time model, and friend to Ted’s sister Jean.  “What she was up against with Ted Kennedy was not easy,” says biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli. Their marriage was filled with turmoil and heartache; the two assassinations of his brothers John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, their son’s fight with bone cancer, multiple miscarriages, Ted’s infidelity, and Joan’s addiction to alcohol.

Throughout her marriage to Ted, Joan was publicly honest about two demons she faced; the first was seeing a psychiatrist and the other was joining AA – Alcoholics Anonymous.  In her 1985 biography she states, “My personality was more shy and retiring…And so rather than get mad or ask questions concerning the rumors about Ted and his girlfriends, or really stand up for myself at all, it was easier for me to just go and have a few drinks and calm myself down as if I weren’t hurt or angry.”

Ted Kennedy and Joan Bennett Kennedy’s divorce was final in 1982.

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