Betty Ann Kennedy, American bridge player, Died at 86


Betty Ann Kennedy was born in 1930 and died in October 2016.

She was an American bridge player from Shreveport, Louisiana.

Betty has won five world championships including four from 1974 to 1984 in partnership with Carol Sanders of Tennessee and the 2003 Venice Cup.

Analyst Eric Kokish wrote concerning the 2003 final match that “Kennedy was a standout, doing virtually nothing wrong.

Kennedy studied bridge on her doctor’s recommendation when she suffered from encephalitis and consequent depression.

Together Sanders and Kennedy were known as the Southern Belles or simply The Belles.

The pair compiled 10 NABC wins and 8 runners-up together.

Their teamwork was regarded as one of the best ever.

Betty Kennnedy became the second woman to receive the Louisiana Hall of Fame Award, in 1993.

Kennedy was inducted into the ACBL Hall of Fame in 2005.

Betty received the ACBL’s annual sportsmanship award in 2011.

Jack, who was bridge player was Bettty’s husband.

They had four children.

Betty Ann Kennedy passed away at 86 years old.