Ethel Kennedy isn't one to share, in spite of film about her

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Ethel Kennedy

Ethel Kennedy and her daughter Rory Kennedy. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune / October 11, 2012)

Chris: St. Ambrose. And your neighbors from Drexel Boulevard came to the party tonight.

Q: Oh, wow.

Ethel: Yeah. The Dwyers. And I can remember their apartment — there was a little alley, and I remember their apartment pretty clearly.

Q: So Rory and Ethel, when you sat down for the interviews in the film, was that done on five consecutive days?

Rory: Yes.

Q: That had to have been intense. Ethel, at the end of each day, what sort of frame of mind were you in? What sort of things did you think about at night?

Ethel: Why did I do this?

Q: Did you ever think, “Tomorrow I'm going to tell Rory that we're done”?

Ethel: If what?

Chris (to his mother): Did you ever think of quitting? (To me): In her life, my mother's never thought of quitting.

Ethel: But did Nina ask if somebody came up and said would you do another one?

Chris: What would be your response?

Ethel: I'd take poison first!

Chris: “Ethel” the sequel!

Q: Ethel, how would you compare being on the campaign trail for the various campaigns you worked on with doing a campaign of sorts for this movie?

Ethel: The truth is, I don't remember being interviewed (during those early years). Are you sure about that?

Q: In the movie there's a clip of you talking with Edward R. Murrow and another of you talking with Jack Paar. And you reached out to a lot of people with those tea parties for John F. Kennedy's 1952 Senate race.

Ethel: Well, I speak to people!

Chris (joking): Just not reporters, who aren't people, quite frankly. I mean, other than you.

Q: I was struck by the way Jack Paar addressed you as “this lovely little girl here.” I think you had seven children by that point.

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