Kennedy sister gets a biopic

BOSTON • The assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert gripped America in their time, but another story involving their sister Rosemary is no less heartfelt.

Now, it will be explored in an upcoming biopic starring The Handmaid's Tale actress Elisabeth Moss.

Rosemary underwent a botched lobotomy in her early 20s, which was intended to help her developmental difficulties, and lived in a facility in Wisconsin for most of her life.

In An American Saga, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin wrote that Rosemary's politically ambitious father, Mr Joseph Kennedy Sr, ordered the lobotomy to be performed without telling his wife.

According to Goodwin's account, "something went terribly wrong" during the brain surgery and Rosemary emerged "far worse".

The biopic - A Letter From Rosemary Kennedy - will be directed by Ritesh Batra. "The movies about the Kennedy family are deservedly stormy affairs, but here's a story about the storms within all of us," he said in a statement to Variety, which first reported the casting news.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 14, 2018, with the headline 'Kennedy sister gets a biopic'. Print Edition | Subscribe