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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 25 November 1960Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Date of Death 16 July 1999near Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA  (plane crash)
Birth NameJohn Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr.
Nicknames JFK Jr.
John-John
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. was born on November 25, 1960, in Washington, DC, to John Fitzgerald Kennedy (President-to-be John F. Kennedy) and Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy (Jacqueline Kennedy). Three weeks before his birth, his father was elected President of the United States, and the nation loved little John. The press dubbed him "John-John", but his family called him John. Even as a toddler, he loved to fly. On his third birthday, his father was buried, and he was photographed giving his father's casket a salute in a photo and video seen around the world. About a month later, they moved out of the White House and into a 15-room apartment overlooking Central Park in New York City. He went to private schools. When he was six, his uncle Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated while running for president. He had been a father figure to John and his sister, Caroline Kennedy, a fact that Ethel Kennedy -- who had nine children with RFK -- did not like. A few years later, Jackie married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Socrates (Ari) Onasis (Aristotle Onassis). He virtually played no part in John's life because John hardly saw him. Ari died in 1975. John went on to high school and then decided to go to Brown University in Rhode Island. He graduated and, after his mother said no to his becoming an actor, went to law school and became an assistant District Attorney. During this time, he dated actress Daryl Hannah and singer Madonna. In 1995, Jackie died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. In 1996, he married Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy on an island off Georgia. She was very shy, and that did not bode well because they were constantly being photographed. On July 16th, 1999, Carolyn and her sister Lauren, with John as pilot, took off in his plane for Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, to drop Lauren off, with John and Carolyn continuing onward to the Kennedy Compound for the wedding of his cousin Rory Kennedy (Robert's youngest daughter, born after RFK's death). It was foggy, and several miles off Martha's Vineyard, the plane crashed, killing all three of them. The bodies of the women were found near the wreckage, but John's body was found in the pilot's seat.

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Spouse (1)

Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy (21 September 1996 - 16 July 1999) (his death)

Trivia (29)

Listed in "People Weekly"s "Most Intriguing People" list. (December 25, 1995/January 1, 1996 issue)
The bodies of John Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette were recovered from plane wreckage off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. John and Carolyn were dropping Lauren off at Martha's Vineyard, on their way to Rory Kennedy's wedding. The plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. [July 1999]
Considered America's most eligible bachelor until his marriage.
Voted "Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine in 1988.
Graduated from Brown University in 1983 with a degree in History.
Has been on over 15 People Magazine covers.
Had a pilot's license.
Founder and editor-in-chief, George magazine (1995-1999).
Son of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy. Nephew of Ethel Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy. Younger brother of Caroline Kennedy and uncle to her children, Rose and Tatiana. Cousin of Maria Shriver, Christopher Lawford, Anthony Radziwill and Tina Radziwill.
1979 graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover.
Was delivered by Cesarean section 17 days earlier than his due date of December 12.
After his birth, the Internal Revenue Service issued a press release announcing that the president could now take an additional $600 deduction on their 1960 tax return.
Lost one of his front teeth when he banged into a step while playing in a big dollhouse on the White House lawn.
Got his first paying job at the age of 24, as a $20,000-a-year assistant to the New York Commissioner of Business Development.
Once showed up at a Halloween party in Manhattan dressed as Michelangelo's David. He wore skimpy white tights, and his chest, face and hair were completely covered with talcum powder.
Had a fear of having his pocket picked, so he always attached his wallet to his pants with a chain.
Learned to speak Greek in the years following his mother's marriage to Aristotle Onassis.
Researching his role as editor in chief of George, Kennedy attended a three-day seminar called "Starting Your Own Magazine."
Kennedy and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy's wedding song was "Forever in My Life", by Prince.
Was 3/4 Irish and 1/4 French in ethnic descent.
His father's funeral fell on John's third birthday, November 25, 1963. The historical photograph of John saluting his father's casket was taken that day. When John appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) in 1996, he told Oprah Winfrey that as an adult, he had no recollection of the funeral.
On September 7, 1995, Cindy Crawford appeared on the first cover of his short-lived magazine "George" attired as George Washington in a white wig and revolutionary garb
He broke the Kennedy family tradition of attending Harvard when he decided to attend Brown University.
John, his wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, and her sister Lauren Bessette were all cremated and their ashes scattered off the coast of Martha's Vineyard from the USS John F. Kennedy Naval ship, where the ship was on training duty.
Before he died, Al Gore was allegedly considering him to be his running mate, even though he had no previous political experience.
Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 314-316. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
His death caused a permanent change to be made in the premiere episode of Futurama. When it was originally aired, a character referred to "JFK Jr. Memorial Airport," a reference to New York's JFK Airport being named for his father. After his death, the reference was changed to "Radio City Mutant Hall."
When his photo appeared on the cover of Time magazine after his untimely death, the Commemorative Issue sold more than 1 million copies at the newsstands. (see also Princess Diana).

Personal Quotes (2)

It's hard for me to talk about a legacy or a mystique. It's my family. It's my mother. It's my sister. It's my father. We're a family like any other. We look out for one another. The fact that there have been difficulties and hardships, or obstacles, makes us closer. --Vogue magazine, 1993
(When asked what he thought about being voted "Sexiest Man Alive 1988" by People Magazine) "People could say a lot worse things about you than you're really attractive and you look good in a bathing suit."

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