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 Robert Kennedy - Ages 12-15 (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Rose's Friend - 1906 (3 episodes, 1990)
Deborah Bancroft ...
 Sissy Thomas (3 episodes, 1990)
Paul Bronk ...
 Bartender (3 episodes, 1990)
Sullivan Brown ...
 King George (3 episodes, 1990)
Allyn Burrows ...
 G.I. (3 episodes, 1990)
Karen Chaffee ...
 Patricia Kennedy - Ages 13-14 (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Ormsby-Gore (3 episodes, 1990)
Mara Clark ...
 Maid Ruth (3 episodes, 1990)
Jordan Clarke ...
 James Reedy (3 episodes, 1990)
Richard Clarke ...
 Neville Chamberlain (3 episodes, 1990)
Father Coppenrath ...
 Priest (3 episodes, 1990)
Joe Costa ...
 David Sarnoff (3 episodes, 1990)
Dawn Couch ...
 Cora (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Billy Hartington (3 episodes, 1990)
Jean De Baer ...
 Josie Fitzgerald (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Joe Kane (3 episodes, 1990)
Bill Devany ...
 Saloon Patron (3 episodes, 1990)
Frank Dolan ...
 Dr. Place (3 episodes, 1990)
Bruce Donaldson ...
 Customer's Man (3 episodes, 1990)
William Duff-Griffin ...
 Henry Fitzgerald (3 episodes, 1990)
Matthew Dundas ...
 Ted Kennedy - Ages 12-14 (3 episodes, 1990)
Paul Dunn ...
 Clark (3 episodes, 1990)
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 John 'Honey Fitz' Fitzgerald (3 episodes, 1990)
Michael Flanagan ...
 Dr. Coleman (3 episodes, 1990)
Hal Fletcher ...
 Earl Warren (3 episodes, 1990)
Will Gardner ...
 Robert Kennedy - Age 7 (3 episodes, 1990)
Edwin Gerard ...
 Henri (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Irish Driver (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Peter Fitzwilliam (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Joe Kennedy Jr. - Ages 11-12 (3 episodes, 1990)
Sam Gray ...
 William Burke (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Eddie Moore (3 episodes, 1990)
Beth Herzig ...
 Jean Kennedy - Ages 16-20 (3 episodes, 1990)
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 P.J. Kennedy (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Joe Gargan (3 episodes, 1990)
Venus Irving-Prescott ...
 Club Singer (3 episodes, 1990)
David Ives ...
 Headmaster (3 episodes, 1990)
Keith Jochim ...
 Dr. Martin (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Jim Fitzgerald (3 episodes, 1990)
Kristen Lee Kelly ...
 Patricia Kennedy (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Hill (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Pat Wilson (3 episodes, 1990)
Pete Kovner ...
 Harry (3 episodes, 1990)
Thomas Krajewski ...
 Jack Kennedy - Ages 9-12 (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Erich Von Stroheim (3 episodes, 1990)
June Lion ...
 Nurse (3 episodes, 1990)
Jane Loranger ...
 Agnes Firtzgerald (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Rosemary Kennedy (3 episodes, 1990)
Dante Magnani ...
 Joe Kennedy Jr. - Ages 2-4 (3 episodes, 1990)
Kate Mailer ...
 Victoria (3 episodes, 1990)
Bernie McInerney ...
 Dr. Bowles (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Robert Kennedy (3 episodes, 1990)
Chris Milberg ...
 Newsboy #2 (3 episodes, 1990)
Leah Monagle ...
 Eunice Fitzgerald - Age 5 (3 episodes, 1990)
Bill Moor ...
 Louis Howe (3 episodes, 1990)
Hubert Murray ...
 Secretary (3 episodes, 1990)
Hugo Napier ...
 Butler (3 episodes, 1990)
Kelsey Nichols ...
 Kathleen Kennedy - Ages 8-9 (3 episodes, 1990)
Remi Nichols ...
 Rosemary Kennedy - Ages 8-11 (3 episodes, 1990)
Christina Nikitas ...
 Jack Kennedy - Ages 2-3 (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Gloria Swanson (3 episodes, 1990)
Dossy Peabody ...
 Catherine Falvey (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Joseph P. Kennedy (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Kathleen Kennedy (3 episodes, 1990)
Richard Provost ...
 Chief Justice (3 episodes, 1990)
Mathew Quinn ...
 Pianist (3 episodes, 1990)
Halina Radosz ...
 Eunice Kennedy (3 episodes, 1990)
Beckett Royce ...
 New York Woman (3 episodes, 1990)
Danielle Schonback ...
 Jean Kennedy - Ages 9-12 (3 episodes, 1990)
Fiona Scoones ...
 Young Woman (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (3 episodes, 1990)
Ryan Shaughnessy ...
 Ted Kennedy - Ages 5-6 (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Franklin D. Roosevelt (3 episodes, 1990)
Shaun Sullivan ...
 Newsboy #1 (3 episodes, 1990)
John Terrence ...
 Gloria's Butler (3 episodes, 1990)
Brian Tierney ...
 Jimmy Roosevelt (3 episodes, 1990)
Jennifer Walsh ...
 Rosemary Kennedy - Ages 1-4 (3 episodes, 1990)
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 John F. Kennedy (3 episodes, 1990)
Bronia Wheeler ...
 Nun (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Classmate (3 episodes, 1990)

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This sweeping mini-series profiling the Kennedy family ran three nights. The film chronicles 55 years in the lives of the family opening in 1906 with the marriage of Joseph P. Kennedy, a Harvard graduate, to Rose Fitzgerald, the daughter of Boston's Mayor. The first night focuses on the marriage's troubled years and Rose's strength in developing a real family. The second night covered the years of 1928 - 1940 and Jospeh's years as working as a movie producer and then an ambassador. The final night follows the Kennedy's tragedies during World War II and follows the post war years political successes of John Kennedy. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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The secrets of an American Dynasty. See more »

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In the wake of allegations in 1987 over alleged plagiarism for her history book "The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga" (1987), source author Doris Kearns Goodwin resigned from the board of the Pulitzer Prize judges board on 31st May 2002. Goodwin had been a member of the board since 1999. The resignation followed a probe since January 2002 of possible plagiarism in other books of hers. She acknowledged she had long before made cash payment to author Lynne McTaggart to settle a dispute over charges that Goodwin had plagiarized from her book, "Kathleen Kennedy". See more »

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Entertaining
8 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

I have seen this Mini at least three times and have been impressed with its ambition. It attempts to cover almost the entire marriage of Rose and Joe Kennedy and does so with minimal confusion and clutter. While I had some trouble the first night following the action the rest seemed to be cohesive and entertaining.

William Peterson and Annette O'Toole are outstanding as Joe and Rose. Peterson's performance gives Joe Kennedy an evil undertone that is almost too hard to deal with. You lose respect for him as time goes on, particularly when it comes to the way in which he treats the women.

Charles Durning is fabulous as Rose's father "Honey Fitz", and there are also some interesting performances among the younger members of the cast, particularly Tracey Polan as Kick and Campbell Scott as Joe, Jr.


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