Like grandma, like granddaughter.
Rose Kennedy Schlossberg, the daughter of the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, and Jewish artist Edwin Schlossberg, strikes a remarkable resemblance to her beloved late-grandmother Jackie Kennedy.
Schlossberg, 27, a Harvard grad who earned her masters degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2013, recently launched the web-comedy series with co-founder Mara Nelson-Greenberg. The show, from Lorne Michaels’s Broadway Video and Above Average Productions, is a six-part satiric take apocalypse survival from a women’s point of view.
The series follows Bee (Schlossberg) and Lara (Nelson-Greenberg) as they make do with their apocalyptic conditions and learn the ins and out of survival, like how to make makeup from melted plastic and ashes (“there are real benefits to looking cute post-doomsday, you will want people to invite you into their bunker”) or how to start a fire to your ex-boyfriend’s possessions with just steel wool and batteries.
“It came up as a response to seeing the way that New York responded to Hurricane Sandy, and how people were grossly underprepared — specifically, girls in damsel in distress mode,” Schlossberg said in an interview with Mashable. “I thought it would be interesting to create this world where girls have to be survivalists without compromising their cute factor.”
Raised on the Upper East Side just blocks from her “Grand Jackie,” Schlossberg was named after her great grandmother Rose, a name chosen by Kennedy to honor her mother-in-law. “Jackie, who lived just a few blocks away from the Schlossbergs on the Upper East Side, saw Rose basically every day and doted on her,” Kennedy biographer Christopher Andersen told the New York Post in 2010. “Jackie knew it was important to sow the seeds of good behavior early on, and she tried to do that in the final years of her life. It was a mission for her.”
Schlossberg, the eldest of three siblings in a family that is best described as American royalty, has kept a low profile over the years, but with her new series, we hope we see more of her.
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Maia Efrem is the former research editor and assistant to the editor and was also responsible for the Forward’s annual Salary Survey. Previously she served as the editor of Blognik Beat, a blog written by students who emigrated from or have ties to the Former Soviet Union. Maia is a graduate of Hunter College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.