Kick Kennedy Posts Throwback to Her Namesake, Her Great-Aunt Who Died in a Plane Crash
Actress Kick Kennedy is helping keep the memory alive of her great aunt and namesake Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy — president John. F. Kennedy's sister who died in a plane crash in 1948 at just 28 years old.
The 28-year-old actress, who visited the grave of her great aunt in July, posted a looping video of “Kick 1” to her Instagram page Thursday.
The epic throwback shows the late Kick mid-conversation, wearing a long-sleeve yellow top while holding her plaid jacket. Her hair pulled back in a clip and her silver necklace laid over her top, the video is a sweet reminder of a woman whose life was cut tragically short.
Looking at the two Kicks side-by-side, it’s hard not to see the similarities between the two family members.
The younger Kennedy didn’t stop her TBTs there. Three days earlier, she posted video of her grandparents — Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Shakel — dancing on their honeymoon in Palm Beach.
When Kick arrived in England in 1938, she quickly became an item with the future Duke of Devonshire, Billy Hartington — a scandal, considering he was a Protestant and Kick’s devout Catholic family, in particular her mother, Rose, vehemently opposed their romance.
The only Kennedy sibling who supported Kick unequivocally in her decision to marry outside the Roman Catholic Church was her eldest brother, Joe Jr. And when Kick and Billy were married in a civil ceremony in 1944, young Joe was the only Kennedy in attendance.
But Kick’s newlywed bliss was short-lived. Just four months after the wedding, her husband was killed in action in World War II.
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Within two years, a devastated Kick began an affair with Earl Peter Wentworth Fitzwilliam – a Protestant, married drinker and gambler who was even richer than Billy. When Peter promised to leave his wife and marry Kick, she told her parents, who were furious. Rose threatened to cut Kick off from the family — not just from her parents, but from her siblings as well — which left her in even greater turmoil.
In 1948, Peter and Kick arranged to meet her father in Paris to appeal for his help. Two days before the planned meeting, the couple were killed in a plane crash.
Their death came just four years after Kick’s eldest brother, Joe Jr., was killed in a top-secret mission during World War II.