Eunice Kennedy Shriver
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver | 1921-2009

Eunice Kennedy Shriver
This photo was used to announce the engagement of Eunice Kennedy to Robert Sargent Shriver Jr. in 1953. They wed in May of that year at New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Eunice Kennedy Shriver has died at age 88. (Associated Press)
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her father, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., dance at a reception following her marriage to Robert Sargent Shriver Jr. The reception was at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel. (Associated Press)
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The children of Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Kennedy surround President-elect John F. Kennedy at the family home in Hyannis Port on Nov. 9, 1960. Eunice Kennedy Shriver is seated at left. (Associated Press)
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver holds her son Tim while watching Sen. John F. Kennedy debate Vice President Richard M. Nixon in October 1960. (Associated Press)
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President Kennedy and West German President Heinrich Luebke meet on June 24, 1963, at the presidential palace in Bonn with Wilhelmine Luebke, left, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver. (Associated Press)
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Shriver receives an honorary degree from Manhattanville College in 1963. (Associated Press)
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver swims with youngsters at a camp for developmentally disabled youths at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia in August 1964. Her advocacy for the mentally disabled has been called the Kennedy family’s most important campaign and was considered a precursor to the larger disability movement. (Associated Press)
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Paul Fitzgerald Kennedy Shriver was a week old when he made his camera debut on July 27, 1965, with parents Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver at Boston’s Logan International Airport. They were on their way to the family’s summer home in Hyannisport on Cape Cod. (Associated Press)
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Maria Shriver, 10, left, Courtney Kennedy, 9, and Kathleen Kennedy, 15, meet at the 1965 International Horse Show. (Associated Press)
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Sargent Shriver and his wife Eunice watch a satirical presentation on a day in the life of Shriver by the staff of the Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington in April 1968, upon his appointment as ambassador to France. (Associated Press)
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U.S. Ambassador-at-large W. Averell Harriman accompanies Eunice Shriver at the airport at Bretigny, France, on June 6, 1968, before the Shrivers return to the United States for the funeral of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. (Associated Press)
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Shriver stands with a group of developmentally disabled children before a portrait of President Kennedy in Paris on the fifth anniversary of his assassination on Nov. 22, 1968. “When the full judgment of the Kennedy legacy is made--including JFK’s Peace Corps and Alliance for Progress, Robert Kennedy’s passion for civil rights and Ted Kennedy’s efforts on healthcare, workplace reform and refugees--the changes wrought by Eunice Shriver may well be the most consequential,” U.S. News & World Report said in a 1993 cover story. (Associated Press)
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Eunice Shriver, wife of Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sargent Shriver, speaks with two workers at the Kaiser Steel plant on Oct. 18, 1972. (Associated Press)
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Adonis Brown, 18, of Baltimore smiles as Eunice Shriver presents him a gold medal for winning the mile run in 5 minutes, 12 seconds in the 1972 International Special Olympics. Today the Special Olympics are held on a worldwide stage with an estimated 2.5 million people from more than 150 countries taking part in hundreds of programs. (Associated Press)
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Sen. Edward M. Kennedy waits to deliver the keynote speech at the convention of the National Assn. for Retarded Citizens in 1974 in Milwaukee. Though she was plagued by numerous health problems, Shriver had a fervent drive and easily exhausted aides half her age. (Associated Press)
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Shriver visits a hospital for victims of the atomic bomb blast in Hiroshima, Japan, in 1977. (Associated Press)
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver holds a commemorative silver dollar coin minted in her honor. She was the first living woman to be honored with a commemorative U.S. coin--for her work in founding the Special Olympics. (United States Mint / Associated Press)
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President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton listen as Eunice Kennedy Shriver, right, speaks at the 30th anniversary celebration of the Special Olympics in 1998. Shriver received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the French Legion of Honor, the Lasker Award for public service and the Theodore Roosevelt Award of the NCAA. (Associated Press)
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Jean Kennedy Smith, left, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sisters of JFK and actress Lauren Bacall attend a party at the Sky Suites at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

(An earlier version of this caption identified Jean Kennedy Smith as Patricia Lawford.) (Neshan H. Naltchayan / Agence France-Presse)
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From left, Sargent Shriver, wife Eunice, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver celebrate Schwarzenegger’s victory in the gubernatorial recall election. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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As Maria Shriver looks on, Arnold Schwarzenegger thanks his mother-in-law, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, at a meeting of members of his transition team before his inauguration as governor. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
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Sargent and Eunice Shriver at the swearing-in ceremony for son-in-law Arnold Schwarzenegger on the west steps of the state Capitol in Sacramento. (Los Angeles Times)
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver arrives at the Golden Jubilee Gala of the Viennese Opera Ball at New York‘s Waldorf-Astoria hotel. (Jennifer Szymaszek / Associated Press)
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger celebrates his reelection victory at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Nov. 9, 2006, with his mother-in-law, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and other supporters. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver, with brother Sen. Edward Kennedy, is introduced during a forum in honor of Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics, at the John F. Kennedy Presidential & Museum Library in Boston. (Bizuayehu Tesfay / Associated Press)
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The chairman of the Special Olympics, Timothy P. Shriver, left, and his mother, Eunice, view a promotional poster before the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai. A record 7,300 athletes from 164 countries and regions would compete in 21 medal sports and four demonstration competitions at the games. (Mark Ralston / Associated Press)
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver speaks during a forum in her honor at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. (Bizuayehu Tesfay / Associated Press)
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A painting by artist David Lenz in the National Portrait Gallery is titled “Rare Halo Display: A Portrait of Eunice Kennedy Shriver.” Pictured from left are Airika Straka, Katie Meade, Andy Leonard, Loretta Claiborne, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Marty Sheets. (David Lenz / National Portrait Gallery via Associated Press)
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