by Asher Fogle
Rose Kennedy Schlossberg comes from quite a political dynasty — she’s the granddaughter of John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and the daughter of U.S. ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, and artist Ed Schlossberg. Though she’s grown up relatively out of the spotlight, the 27-year-old has been turning heads for her uncanny resemblance to her glamorous grandmother.
But she is blazing her own path (and not one to the White House) with a new quirky web series, End Times Girls Club, from Above Average Productions, the digital arm of SNL creator Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video. Schlossberg and her friend Mara Nelson-Greenberg star as “Bee” and “Lara” in the comedic videos, which offer post-apocalyptic survival techniques like “a stunning makeover using only apocalypse trash,” burning your boyfriend’s things, and making mascara by mixing “ashes and some plain old auto grease.”
Here’s a few other fun facts about the videographer:
1. She was named for her great-grandmother.
Rose’s moniker came from Rose Kennedy, the mother of John F. Kennedy (and 8 other kids). But giving the eldest grandchild her name was actually Jackie’s idea, not Caroline’s. Though the former first lady famously disliked her mother-in-law, she once said, “The old bat’s about 100 years old, so let’s give her some respect.”
2. She was Grand Jackie’s girl.
The eldest child of Caroline and Ed, Rose grew up in NYC’s Upper East Side, near her grandmother’s apartment. “Grand Jackie” would frequently come over to the Schlossbergs’ apartment for what she dubbed a “roll around” with the baby. Later, she often took Rose to playgrounds and museums, right up until her death in 1994, when Rose was 5.
On a visit to the American Museum of Natural History, she brought Rose and family friend, Harvard economist John Kenneth Galbraith. “Rose was all over the place, 20 yards ahead of us, a real hell-raiser,” he told biographer C. Davis Heymann. “She reminded me of Jackie when she was young. Rose was very bright and very independent.”
3. She was very close to JFK Jr.
In a family marred by tragedy, the 1999 death of Rose’s beloved uncle John impacted her profoundly. “Rose withdrew after John’s death,” a Kennedy family member told Heymann. “He’d been like a father to her. She went into a six-month depression during which she barely spoke to anyone. She stopped eating — she must have lost 30 pounds.” And, adds the family member, both her uncle and grandmother impacted her in other ways: leaving her hefty trust funds. “At the age of 14, Rose was worth millions.”
4. She’s an Ivy League grad.
After attending a posh Manhattan prep school, Rose headed to Harvard. She took film classes, cultivated an interest in fashion (like her grandmother!) and graduated with a degree in English in 2010. Then, she earned a master’s from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in May 2013. (Her sister, Tatiana, now a New York Times reporter, and brother, Jack, both attended Yale.)
5. She’s still a political animal.
She may not have been active in campus politics, but that doesn’t mean Schlossberg is uninterested in the family business. She donated to Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, volunteered for Democrat Alan Khazei’s losing campaign for U.S. Senate, and was credited for encouraging her mother’s political ambitions but later advising her to drop out of the senate race in 2009.
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