A quantity of material relating to My Fair Lady and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, comprising:
-An invitation to the Gala Washington Performance of My Fair Lady for the benefit of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Warner Theatre, Washington, Tuesday, 1 December, 1964
-Two private invitations addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Ferrer to dine at the British Embassy with the British Ambassador and Lady Harlech at 11.30am and at the Department of State with the Secretary of the Treasury and Mrs. Dillion at 6pm on Tuesday, 1 December, 1964, the latter with a handwritten note It would mean so much to us if you cold come. Best wishes, Phyllis Dillon
-A souvenir programme for the ground-breaking ceremony on the site of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 December, 1964
-Two presentation programmes for The John F. Kennedy Center
Gala Invitation 9⅝ x 6⅞ in.(24.9 x 15.5 cm.); souvenir programme 8½ x 7 in. (21.6 x 17.8 cm.); presentation programmes each 11½ x 8¾ in. (29.2 x 20.3 cm.); private invitations approx. 4½ x 6 in. (10.4 x 15.3 cm.)

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Fundraising for a National Cultural Center in Washington D.C. began in 1958, led by President Eisenhower and continued by President John F. Kennedy when he took office in 1961. Following President Kennedy's assassination in November 1963, it was renamed the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as a memorial to President Kennedy, a lifelong supporter and advocate of the arts. Fundraising continued, with benefit events such as the Gala Washington Premiere of My Fair Lady on 1st December 1964. Audrey Hepburn and husband Mel Ferrer represented the theatre at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kennedy Center the following day.
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