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Kennedys open up for TV docu RFK widow’s mischievous side revealed in ‘Ethel’

LOS ANGELES, Aug 2, (RTRS): The Kennedys may be America’s most famous political dynasty, but it took one of their own to get them to open up about their private lives and their place in US history.
Filmmaker Rory Kennedy, 43, the youngest of the 11 children of slain US senator Robert F. Kennedy, and his wife, Ethel, persuaded her mother to give her first extended interview in more than 20 years for an upcoming HBO documentary that is also the first film about the Kennedys to come from within the family.
Even so, it wasn’t easy. “Why should I have to answer all these questions?” Ethel Kennedy, 84, asks her daughter early in the film. “All this introspection. I hate it!”
“Ethel,” to be shown on HBO in October, brings together rarely seen home video, photos, TV footage and anecdotes from several of the children of Ethel and Robert Kennedy.
It traces the couple’s early courtship, life at home filled with dogs, horses and even a pet seal, and the political careers of President John F. Kennedy and Robert, who served as his brother’s attorney general. Both were killed by assassins.

“I didn’t really want to do it mostly for personal reasons. I didn’t want to ask my mother and my siblings to go through some of the difficult moments that have been part of our history,” Rory Kennedy told television journalists on Wednesday.
Rory Kennedy, who was born six months after her father’s death in June 1968, said she was persuaded by friends at HBO to do the film, and by the agreement of her mother and siblings.
The film also reveals Ethel’s mischievous side, In her younger days, she earned speeding tickets and pushed members of John F. Kennedy’s Cabinet into the family swimming pool at parties.
Her children also recall how on a visit to FBI headquarters in the 1960s, when J.Edgar Hoover was in charge, Ethel Kennedy dropped a cheeky suggestion in the organization’s public suggestion box, “Get a new director.”

“It was rude and I apologize,” Ethel quipped on Wednesday.
“Ethel” will air on HBO on Oct 18.
Meanwhile, US cable channel HBO will air a new documentary about The Rolling Stones this fall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the British rock band. HBO programming president Michael Lombardo told journalists on Wednesday that the documentary, which has no title yet, was being directed by Brett Morgan.
“This is all done as part of the band’s 50th anniversary. This documentary has the full involvement of the four current band members, Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ron, as well as the former band members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor.
“We’ll follow the band from their early club days through their arrival as the greatest band in the world,” Lombardo said.
The Rolling Stones were formed in London in 1962 and are one of the longest-performing rock bands in the world and have sold an estimated 200 million records worldwide.
The documentary will be broadcast later this year, HBO said.



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