When “Curb Your Enthusiasm” actress Cheryl Hines tied the knot with Robert Kennedy Junior earlier this month I couldn’t help but wonder why she opted for the aisle walk instead of the safer bet of shacking up, especially considering this was her second and his third marriage. After all, it’s not easy being a female in the political family. Kennedy women–from Rose to Jackie, and even Maria Shriver–have had to stoically endure not only tragedies, but personal humiliations.
As for Kennedy, I question is it chutzpah or arrogance? Hard to believe that the environmental lawyer is such a changed man he’ll behave any differently with wife number three than he did with one or two. Such personal transformation could take years of therapy, maybe even an intervention from Oprah or Dr. Phil.
And, then there’s his infamous black book. Pre-wedding the New York Post outed Kennedy as a chronic womanizer with an electronic Rolodex with so many women’s names they had to be distinguished by city and profession. (See NY Post). When one needs to code their conquests, they’ve, no doubt, surpassed their limit. But then, again, this was no ordinary black book or man. This was a Kennedy black book.
Still, for women who marry into the legendary tribe, it has never been an easy path. The late Michael Kennedy had an affair with the teenage babysitter. Ethel’s nephew Michael Skakel was convicted of the 1975 murder of teenage neighbor Martha Moxley. William Kennedy Smith was tried for rape in 1991. Joe Kennedy II got an annulment without telling his wife. Doug Kennedy shoved his maternity nurse and kicked the dog. Yea, dog. You read right.
Oh, how I wish I could have had the girlfriend talk with Hines pre-wedding. Hear her reason and logic. Access to the family compound in Hyannis Port just doesn’t seem good enough if your husband drives you to drink. But then again she wasn’t marrying any ordinary man. She was marrying a Kennedy….and one with an electronic black book no less.