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    The matriarch of the Kennedy family, often called the nearest equivalent to a queen mother in the United States, celebrated her ninetieth birthday on Tuesday (22 July).

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    1939, LONDON GVs Ambassador Joseph Kennedy with wife Rosemary and five of his children appearing before photographers on American Embassy lawn (6 shots)

    SVs Mrs. Kennedy and daughters Kathleen and Rosemary seated in car and LV Buckingham Palace (2 shots)

    SVs AND CUs INTERIOR Two daughters with Mrs. Kennedy in formal dress

    CU ZOOM IN Portrait of the Kennedy brothers, Robert, John and Edward

    SV AND CU Robert Kennedy and wife Ethel shooting rapids in kayak (2 shots)

    CU Robert Kennedy announcing candidacy for the Presidency

    MV Rose Kennedy greeting people during Robert's election campaign

    MV Rose Kennedy with Jackie Onassis, her daughter-in-law, shopping in Nassau (2 shots)

    SV Church bell tolls as veiled Mrs. Kennedy emerges from funeral of her husband with only surviving son Edward

    MV Mrs. Kennedy greeting Ethiopian dignitaries during visit there

    SV Mrs. Kennedy cutting birthday cake with Emperor Haile Selassie in background

    SV Edward Kennedy greeting Mrs. Kennedy as he arrives to announce candidacy for Democratic Leadership

    CU AND GV Edward Kennedy speaking as Mrs. Kennedy and other family members look on (4 shots)

    KENNEDY: "I am announcing today my candidacy for the Presidency of the United States. I do not run for the Presidency merely to oppose any man, but to propose new polices. I run because I am convinced that this country is on a perilous course and because I have strong feelings about what must be done and I feel I am obliged to do all I can."

    KENNEDY: "This country is not prepared to sound retreat. It is ready to advance. It is willing to make a stand and so am I."

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    Background: The matriarch of the Kennedy family, often called the nearest equivalent to a queen mother in the United States, celebrated her ninetieth birthday on Tuesday (22 July). Rose Fitzgerland Kennedy raised nine children with her husband Joseph-a self-made millionaire and former Ambassador to the United Kingdom. But their privileged upbringing did not shield the Kennedy children or their parents from a series of tragedies--including the untimely deaths of three of the four Kennedy sons. People who know her say that Rose Kennedy's real strength lies in a combination of devoutness and a sense of humour And today, still at the centre of the Kennedy clan, she is said to be as thoroughly efficient, alert and humane as ever.

    SYNOPSIS: London, 1938. Ambassador Joseph Kennedy introduces his wife, Rosemary and five of their nine children to the British press. "There children," said Mrs. Kennedy, "were her and her husband's best friends--and they could never see to much of them."
    Mrs. Kennedy recalls with delight the presentation of her and her daughters to the Court of St. James. But Rosemary's mental retardation has always been a great source of sorrow, as was the death of Kathleen in a plane crash.

    But it was these three faces--Robert, John and Edward, that were splashed across the newspapers of the sixties at a time when the Kennedy clan became synonymous with glamour, power and politics. But again tragedy struck with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

    Robert Kennedy found solace in physical challenges. As children, the Kennedy's discussed international politics at the dinner table. And everyone in the Kennedy family was encouraged to develop their talents set themselves challenges, and whenever possible meet them. And so Robert too went after the Presidency.

    At a sprightly seventy-eight, Mrs. Kennedy took to the campaign trail too. She said her function was more informational than political. She felt that many people had the wrong impression of Bobby and so decided to set the record straight.

    But the horror of her other sons' deaths recreated itself. A second son shot and killed, Mrs. Kennedy nevertheless was a source of strength to John's widow, Jackie.

    A year later she too became a widow, burying her partner of more than half a century. But at an age when she could be X retired Rose Kennedy remains active in promoting the memory of her children. She spent her eightieth birthday in Ethiopia opening a library named after President Kennedy. And despite the fate of two of her sons at the hands of assassins she continues to praise the nobility of politics.

    Senator Edward Kennedy greets his mother as he arrives to x his candidacy for the Democratic leadership. The greatest supporter of her children, the indomitable Rose Kennedy sits transfixed....

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