Hannah too was otherwise engaged. For almost a decade the actress maintained a bicoastal relationship with singer Jackson Browne, 43, whom she first met as a teenager when he pulled her onstage from the audience at one of his Chicago-area concerts.
It was the tempestuous ending to her romance with Browne that seems to have catapulted Hannah into Kennedy's arms. Last September a domestic quarrel at Browne and Hannah's $2.5 million Santa Monica home erupted in violence. According to close friends of Hannah, she ended up with a black eye, a broken finger and numerous bruises, although she never pressed charges against Browne. "I saw her shortly after in the hospital," says Wexler. "I saw the damage that was done to her. The doctor was very concerned. Jackson was a very, very good friend of mine, but when I saw Daryl, I just felt betrayed." Kennedy immediately flew to her side and brought her back to New York City.
Browne and Sweeney were divorced in 1983, when he began dating actress Daryl Hannah. The relationship with Hannah ended in 1992.