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An important collection of 14 autograph letters and cards and original photographs from Jacqueline Kennedy to Margot Fonteyn.

The collection includes: A four-page autograph letter, signed, "Jacqueline Kennedy" June 5, 1963. Written on White House stationery, with hand addressed envelope. To "My dear Dame Margot," inviting Margot Fonteyn to dance at the White House. A four page autograph letter signed, "Jackie", April 30th (1965), to "Dear Dame Margot." With matching envelope with "Mrs John F. Kennedy" printed on flap, franked with Jacqueline Kennedy stamp, and hand addressed by her to "Dame Margot Fonteyn de Arias." On dancing with Rudolph Nureyev after a dinner party. Excerpts: "...Please tell Rudi – I can' t call him Mr. Nureyev after stepping on his feet for an hour – that he is the sweetest most tolerant dancing partner and I just love him for being so nice"; "Bobby [Kennedy] said we might have an evening again before you go – which would be lovely." A four page autograph letter signed "Jackie." Written on blue 1040 Fifth Avenue stationary [no date, ca. Summer, 1965]. To "Dear Margot and Tito." Jackie writes of taking her son and daughter to see Margot Fonteyn's performance of Giselle. This letter includes hand written thank you notes from both Caroline and John Kennedy Jr.

The correspondence reflects Kennedy's deep admiration of both ballet and of Fonteyn. It also provides valuable insight into Kennedy's attempts while First Lady to bring ballet to the American people. The long friendship between Kennedy and Fonteyn which began in 1962 and extended until, at least, the marriage of Caroline Kennedy in 1986, is also documented in these letters and photographs. Provenance: Estate of Margot Fonteyn.

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