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Marilyn Kennedy (Neville Stays)

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Marilyn Kennedy (born June 1, 1926) is an American actress, model and singer who served as First Lady of the United States from 1961 to 1969 during the presidency of John F. Kennedy

Early Life

Marylin Kennedy 1

Publicity Photo, 1954

Acting Career

Early Work

Breakthrough

International Success

Celebrity Couple

First Lady

1960 Presidential Election

Marilyn campaigned strongly on her husbands behalf during the 1960 election, successfully fundraising whilst her husband was garnering support.

1964 Presidential Election

Post Presidency

Personal Life

Relationships

Politics

Whilst she was Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn was rarely politically active. It was only after she married John in 1952 that she began to get involved in politics, however until 1960 she affiliated herself with her husband rather than the democratic party. She registered as a democrat to vote for her husband in the 1960 primaries, and remained a registered democrat until her husbands death in 1974. The following year she switched her affiliation to Independent, and in March 1976 she endorsed republican candidate Ronald Reagan. She switched her affiliation to republican the following year, echoing Frank Sinatra's words that "the older you get the more conservative you get". She endorsed Reagan for reelection in 1980, endorsed George H. W. Bush in the 1984 republican primaries and republican nominee John B. Connally in the general election.

Since 1984 she was been nicknamed "the blonde weathervain" due to every republican candidate she has endorsed (George H. W. Bush-1988/1992, Bob Dole-1996/2000, George W. Bush-2004/2008, Mike Huckabee-2012) subsequently being chosen as the republican nominee, and then being elected president.

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