Rory Kennedy wedding postponed after plane crash
KENNEDY PLANE CRASH RFK daughter's joy turns to tragedy Associated Press BOSTON Rory Kennedy was born into tragedy in 1968, coming into the world six months after her father, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated. It was not the last time in her life that joy and heartache would become intertwined. During the weekend, her cousin John F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife, Carolyn Bessette, planned to drop off Carolyn Bessette's sister on Martha's Vineyard before attending the wedding of Rory Kennedy and Mark Bailey on Cape Cod on Saturday. JFK Jr.'s plane disappeared, and all three are presumed dead. Suddenly, one of the biggest milestones of Rory Kennedy's life was postponed. The enormous white tent meant for 275 wedding guests was used instead as a site for family prayers, and then dismantled Monday. Rory Kennedy, 30, was the last of the 11 children born to Ethel and Robert Kennedy. Just 18 months ago, Rory Kennedy's brother Michael died after he crashed head-first into a tree during a family game of football on skis in Aspen, Colo. It was Rory Kennedy who tried to revive him with CPR. "Stay with us, Michael," she cried, as his chil- Kennedy dren then ages 10, 13 and 14, prayed by his side. Her efforts were in vain. Michael was the second brother she mourned. Her brother David died of a drug overdose in 1984 at 28. Rory Kennedy didn't follow her relatives into politics, but she continued their tradition of activism, beginning with her 1985 arrest along with brother Douglas while US-' "" "i protesting apartheid in front of the South African embassy in Washington. Her major political statements have come as a producer and documentary filmmaker. Her New York-based film company is called Moxie Firecracker. Moxie is slang for vigor or nerve. Her first film, "Women of Substance," was completed after her 1991 graduation from Brown University. The documentary, narrated by Joanne Woodward, was about pregnant drug addicts who were jailed for supplying drugs to minors via their umbilical cords. Rory Kennedy and Bailey, a writer and editor of books and films, are also professional collaborators. They share an apartment in New York's East Village. Rory Kennedy directed their latest documentary, "American Hollow." Bailey edited the story. The film, described as "richly atmospheric" by The New York Times in a May review, portrays a year in the life of a family in rural eastern Kentucky. Sen. Robert Kennedy toured several eastern Kentucky counties not long before his death in 1968, and Rory Kennedy has said tales of his trip there influenced her film. "Generally, I'm dealing with populations who are in need or populations who are generally not focused on in the mainstream media," she told The Associated Press last year. RFK biographer C. David Hey-mann said Rory Kennedy has studied her family well. "That's very Kennedy-esque to have an interest in the lives of the disenfranchised, the poor, those that don't really have a say in this country," Heymann said Monday. Rory Kennedy describes her passion this way: "We learn from history. And if we don't look at history, we make the same mistakes over and over again."