FIRST LADY LADY BIRD JOHNSON - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/30/1982 - HFSID 297282
LADY BIRD JOHNSON The First Lady writes to actress Celeste Holm, sending a contribution for the Creative Arts Rehabilitation Center with "a large salute and warmest wishes" Typed Letter signed: "Fondly/Lady Bird", 1 page, 7¼x10½. Stonewall, Texas, 1982 April 30.
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LADY BIRD JOHNSON
The First Lady writes to actress Celeste Holm, sending a contribution for the Creative Arts Rehabilitation Center with "a large salute and warmest wishes"
Typed Letter signed: "Fondly/Lady Bird", 1 page, 7¼x10½. Stonewall, Texas, 1982 April 30. On letterhead of the LBJ Ranch and written to actress Celeste Holm. In full: "Dear Celeste, The Spring Benefit for the Creative Arts Rehabilitation Center is cause for cheers! I know it will be a brilliant event, and I wish so much I could be there for it. I know and hold Rudolph Serkin in great affection, and I've heard Zubin Mehta with excitement and pleasure. Enclosed is my contribution, which I hope will be of some small help. Please know it comes with a large salute and warmest wishes." Born Claudia Alta Taylor, "Lady Bird" (1912-2007) received her nickname after the family nursemaid, Alice Tittle, remarked that the baby of Thomas and Minnie Taylor was "as purty as a little lady bird". On November 6, 1934, she married Lyndon Baines Johnson in San Antonio, Texas. Lady Bird was a shrewd businesswoman who parlayed a small inheritance into a multimillion-dollar fortune in addition to raising the couple's two daughters, Lynda Bird and Luci Baines. Both married while their father was President (1963-1969) and Lady Bird was pursuing an active role as First Lady (she is best known for actively promoting national beautification projects). Following her husband's term, the Johnsons returned to their Texas ranch, where LBJ died in 1973 (the couple had been married for 39 years and 66 days at the time of his death). On December 22, 2006, Mrs. Johnson celebrated her 94th birthday; she died in July 2007. Among First Ladies, only Bess Truman, who died at 97 in 1982, has lived longer. In 1943, Rodgers and Hammerstein cast Celeste Holm (1917-2012) as soubrette Ado Annie in Oklahoma!; and soon after won an Academy Award for her performance in Gentlemen's Agreement (1947). Normal mailing fold. Fine condition.
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