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Maya Plisetskaya

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300088571

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300088571.001.0001

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(p.255) Chapter Thirty-Eight November 20
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I, Maya Plisetskaya
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Maya Plisetskaya

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300088571.003.0038

In this chapter, Maya Plisetskaya recounts her friendship with Robert Kennedy, then Attorney General of the United States, whom she met during her second American tour in 1962. On November 12, the Bolshoi Ballet performed in Washington. After the program, Kennedy requested the Russian ambassador, Anatoly Dobrynin, that he be introduced to Maya. During their conversation, Maya learned that she and Kennedy were born on exactly the same day: November 20, 1925. Maya celebrated her birthday that year in Boston, where she danced Swan Lake. Kennedy was there, along with John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, and little Caroline. Before the start of the ballet, they played the Russian and American anthems. In the morning, the president received the Bolshoi troupe at the White House. On her next birthday, which Maya celebrated at home in Moscow, Robert Kennedy was there again to greet her. In June 1992, Maya was in Washington. She went to Arlington Cemetery and visited the graves of John and Robert Kennedy.

Keywords:   ballet, Robert Kennedy, Bolshoi Ballet, Washington, Anatoly Dobrynin, Swan Lake, John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy

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