Emma Stone to Play Forgotten Kennedy Sister in 'Letters From Rosemary'

Emma Stone will play Rosemary, 'the forgotten Kennedy sister,' in 'Letters from Rosemary.'

Emma Stone is set to star in the feature film drama Letters From Rosemary, which tells the tragic and shocking story of Rosemary Kennedy, the mentally challenged sister of President John F. Kennedy.

This biopic, by first-timer Nick Yarborough, recounts the events surrounding Rosemary's prefrontal lobotomy, which was ordered by her father, the ambitious patriarch Joseph Kennedy, to try to correct her behavioral problems. The procedure, one of the first of its kind, was botched, leaving Rosemary permanently incapacitated at age 23. The film is expected to examine the moments leading up to the procedure and how it impacted the family in the aftermath.

Since so much of Rosemary's story has remained cloaked in mystery, a result of her family's efforts to keep her a secret, it will be interesting to see how the filmmakers and Ms. Stone depict the character, especially since the nature of Rosemary's disability before the operation is not clear.

As Vanity Fair points out: "Stone has a major challenge ahead of her, not just in playing a woman with mental disabilities, but whose exact disabilities have been so poorly understood—was Rosemary just a rebellious daughter uninterested in studies, surrounded by ambitious siblings, or developmentally disabled in a way we would recognize today?"

Producing the movie are Steve Golin and Doug Wald, whose drama Spotlight won Best Picture at this year's Oscars.

There has recently been a lot of interest in this forgotten Kennedy sibling. Some believe she was Eunice Kennedy's main inspiration for the Special Olympics. Two new books explore her life story: Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, by Kate Clifford Larson, and The Missing Kennedy: Rosemary Kennedy and the Secret Bonds of Four Women, by Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff.

Emma Stone will next be seen starring opposite Ryan Gosling in the musical dramedy La La Land, out December 16.


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