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FIRST LADY LADY BIRD JOHNSON - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/28/1980 - HFSID 297281

LADY BIRD JOHNSON The First Lady writes to actress Celeste Holm, declining a request to support Holm's benefit for the Creative Arts Rehabilitation Center. Typed Letter signed: "Fondly/Lady Bird", 1 page, 7¼x10½. Stonewall, Texas, 1980 May 28.

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LADY BIRD JOHNSON
The First Lady writes to actress Celeste Holm, declining a request to support Holm's benefit for the Creative Arts Rehabilitation Center.
Typed Letter signed: "Fondly/Lady Bird", 1 page, 7¼x10½. Stonewall, Texas, 1980 May 28. On letterhead of the LBJ Ranch and written to actress Celeste Holm, New York, New York. In full: "Dear Celeste, Your benefit really does sound like a winner! Thank you for thinking of me in your ongoing efforts on behalf of the Creative Arts Rehabilitation Center. It would give me the greatest pleasure to be helpful to you, and I am so sorry that I must send a disappointing reply. Alas, the resources available to me are stretched beyond responsible limits at this point in time. The chief culprit in creating this sad state of affairs has been reduced funding for our State's educational programs, which has in turn severely affectd the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Our support is firmly committed to the school, and the need for that help has never been greater. It's operating budget was reduced by almost half, and we have been making heroic attempts to try to bridge that large deficit. There are also other undertakings which we cannot abandon, including several scholarships and help to groups centered on minority participation. As you have no doubt become aware, the mood of "Proposition 13" has persuaded the country and affected a great many endeavors. Celeste, I hope you will understand my situation and know how much I wish I could have responded in a different vein. My good wishes are with you." Accompanied by the transmittal envelope, addressed to Celeste Holm, New York, New York and postmarked Austin, Texas, May 6, 1982. 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 folds. Slightly creased. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.

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