Emma Stone has signed on to play Rosemary Kennedy, the eldest sister of John F. Kennedy, in the upcoming biopic “Letters From Rosemary.” The film has been backed by Anonymous Content, the production company behind Spotlight and The Revenant. “Letters From Rosemary” will explore the events leading up to its titular character’s botched lobotomy, which left her with the mental capacity of a two-year-old.
Throughout her teens and early 20s, Rosemary led the thriving life of an upper-crust socialite; she attended parties and teas, and was even presented to Queen Elizabeth of England during her father’s tenure as U.S. ambassador. But as she grew older, Rosemary began to develop violent mood swings. Her father, Joseph Kennedy Sr., scheduled a lobotomy out of fear that Rosemary’s mental illness would embarrass the family. She was one of the first mental health patients to undergo the procedure, which rendered her unable to form a sentence. Rosemary spent the rest of her life in a psychiatric facility.
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