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  Jean Kennedy Smith was nominated by President Clinton to serve as Ambassador to Ireland on March 17, 1993 and was confirmed by the Senate on June 16, 1993. Since 1964, she has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, which provides grants to promote awareness and advocacy in the field of mental retardation. Since 1964, Ambassador Smith has also been a member of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She also served on the Board of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

In 1974, Ambassador Smith founded Very Special Arts, an educational affiliate of the Kennedy Center that provides opportunities in the creative arts for people with disabilities. Her book, "Chronicles of Courage: Very Special Artists," written with George Plimpton, was published by Random House in April 1993.

In addition to a number of honorary degrees, Ambassador Smith has received various awards, including the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service from the American Institute for Public Service; the Margaret Mead Humanitarian Award from the Council of Cerebral Palsy Auxiliaries; the 1995 Irish American of the Year Award from Irish America Magazine; the 1997 Rotary One International Award from the Rotary Club of Chicago; and the 1997 Terence Cardinal Cooke Humanitarian Award from the Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center.

Ambassador Smith is a graduate of Manhattanville College in New York, and is a resident of New York State. She was married to the late Stephen Smith, who died in 1990. She has four children -- Stephen Jr., William, Amanda, and Kym.

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  Stephen Smith Jr. has been an assistant District Attorney in Bronx, N.Y., a political-ethics instructor at Harvard, and a producer of documentary films. He currently is single and works for the Conflict Management Group, which teaches the art of negotiation.

  William Kennedy Smith was acquitted of rape in 1991. He completed his residency at Northwestern University and worked on a relief mission in Somalia. William is a doctor in Chicago where he specializes in rehabilitative medicine, with an emphasis on amputee care. Helped found Physicians Against Land Mines, which works to provide services for land mine victims around the world. In summer 2011, William Kennedy Smith married girlfriend Anne Henry. In May 2012 they had a baby girl.

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  Kym Smith Tucker was born in Vietnam in 1972, and was still a toddler when adopted at the end of the Vietnam war. She was actually one of the last children air-lifted out of Vietnam. In 1995 she married Alfie Tucker and for a time lived in Ireland. She works for a NY travel agency.

  Amanda Smith was also adopted very young. She is a doctor, and earned her PhD at Harvard in Special Education. She is married to Cart Harmon Hood, they live in Boston and have one daughter, Stephanie born on April 12, 2002.  Amanda wrote a book about Joe Sr.

  Eunice Kennedy Shriver has devoted much of her life to working with disadvantaged children. In 1968 she organized the first Special Olympics for mentally retarded athletics and it is still an annual event today. She was married to Sargent Shriver who ran for President in the 1970's and lost. She is mother to Bobby, Maria, Tim, Mark and Anthony. Eunice is in the National Women's Hall of Fame (inducted in on July 11, 1998). Sadly Eunice passed away on August 11, 2009. She lived a full and caring life.

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  R. Sargent Shriver   Click here for a full biography

  Robert Sargent Shriver III was a reporter for newspapers in Annapolis, Chicago and Los Angeles before heading off to Yale Law School. After graduating, he worked for a while as a venture capitalist. Bobby was once part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles. When he was younger he started his own catering business under the name "Bobby Cotton". He organized the charity album "A Very Special Christmas" with stars like Madonna and U2. Currently he lives in Los Angeles where he raises money for the Special Olympics by producing films, records and TV specials. Bobby is on the Santa Monica City Council. On May 7, 2005, Bobby and Malissa Feruzzi were married. They welcomed Rosemary Scarlett Shriver on January 8, 2009.

  Maria Shriver is a news correspondent / reporter and anchor for Dateline NBC. She is married to Arnold Schwarzenegger who became governor of California. They have 4 children and live in the Los Angeles area, where they also own a restaurant.

Timothy Shriver earned a masters degree in religion and education, and taught in the New Haven, Conn., schools and led a program to combat violence, drug use and teen pregnancy. Currently he is the President of the Special Olympics. He got married to Linda Potter on Memorial Day, 1986, and they have 4 children.

   Mark Shriver after earning his master's in public administration from Harvard, he started the Choice Program, which provides intensive supervision and counseling to troubled adolescents in inner-city Baltimore. In 1994 he was elected to Maryland's House of Delegates. Mark's wife is Jeanne, they have three children, Tommy, Molly and Emma. Emma was born in early 2005.

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  Anthony Shriver graduated from Georgetown and started Best Buddies, an organization that pairs up mentally retarded people to see movies, shop, talk. He recently began a company that allows patient to fill prescriptions at their doctors offices. Anthony has considered running for mayor of Miami Beach, and still may in the future. He is married to Cuban-born Alina Mojica, they met in 1991 at a Best Buddies fundraiser. They have three children including one from Alina's previous marriage.

Patricia Kennedy Lawford was married to the late actor Peter Lawford, they divorced in 1966 and he died in 1984. They have four children, Chris, Sydney, Robin and Victoria. Pat is involved in work at The Center On Addiction and Substance Abuse. Pat Lawford passed away on September 17, 2006

Center On Addiction and Substance Abuse

  Christopher Lawford has been a lawyer, substance abuse counselor (after his own battles), lecturer at Harvard and now is an actor and producer who commutes between Hollywood and New York. He married Jeannie Olsson in 1984, they beat drugs together in 1985. The have three children and are divorced.

  Victoria and Sydney Lawford. Victoria (on the left) lives in the Washington, D.C. area where her husband Robert Pender are attornies. They have three daughters. Sydney, who had the word "obey" taken out of her marriage vows, was named after her grandfather, General Syndey Lawford, a British World War I hero. She used to be a busy model before meeting her husband and settling down. She married television executive Peter McKelvey on Sept. 17, 1983. They currently have four sons.

  Robin Lawford is single and lives in Manhattan but spends most of her time in the field as a wildlife conservationist. She is also a volunteer fund-raiser for the Kennedy Child Study Center, a New York City school for the developmentally disabled.

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