As a love story and a political partnership, Ted Kennedy's relationship with wife Victoria defined the last decades of his life, the New York Times reports in a piece on the most powerful and politically savvy of the Kennedy wives. When the senator fell in love with banking lawyer Victoria Reggie in 1991, he was a scandal-plagued aging playboy and she a recently divorced mother of two; at her side he found a happiness that had long eluded him.
"Canny, razor-sharp" Vicki shaped Ted into a dignified statesman, showing keen political instincts, as when she crippled Mitt Romney's 1994 campaign against Ted by unearthing Romney's role in mass layoffs at a stationery factory his firm took over. "The two of them never wasted a day," a friend said. "They sailed, they sang, they laughed, they told great old Irish political stories," even as she helped Ted through his final days.