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Maurice Chevalier smooched it up with Sophie
Tucker after being honored by the Hollywood
Foreign Press Association on March 5.
A U.S. ice show in Moscow, Russia, inspired this
Soviet cartoon. The label on the melting snowman
reads "Cold War"; the poster reads
"Moscow Tour, Holiday on Ice, Presentation
of the American Theater"; the small sign
hanging from the poster reads "Sold
The Bolshoi Ballet of Moscow (Russia) made its
U.S. debut at the Metropolitan Opera House on
April 16 before a capacity audience. The company
of over 100 dancers was led by prima ballerina
Galina Ulanova, who earned great praise for her
performances in Romeo and Juliet, The
Dying Swan, and Giselle. Other
dancers of note included ballerinas Raissa
Struchkova and Maya Plissetskaya (in her first
apperance outside the Soviet Union), character
dancer Vladimir Levashev, and 19-year-old
Vladimir Vasiliev. The tour extended as far as
San Francisco, California.
Prima ballerina Galina Ulanova headed a company
of over 100 dancers when the Bolshoi Ballet
toured the United States.
Jerome Robbins' Ballets U.S.A. dazzled
audiences across Europe, including in cities
behind the Iron Curtain. The tour included as a
special feature a new ballet called Moves,
danced without music.
The New York City Ballet presented a
controversial work called Episodes,
danced to music by Anton von Webern. The first
section, about Mary, Queen of Scots, was
choreographed by Martha Graham, who also danced
the principal role. The second part, an
experiment in original dance design, was
choreographed by George
Balanchine. The company also gave the first
U.S. production of The Seven Deadly Sins,
choreographed by Balancine, with music by Kurt
Episodes, a new ballet choreographed by
Martha Graham and George Balanchine and danced to
the music of Anton von Webern, was staged by the
New York City Ballet.
Maria Callas' husband, Italian
industrialist Giovanni Battista, filed suit for
separation on September 28 in Brescia, Italy,
after rumors linked the opera star romantically
with Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis.
The couple was legally separated by mutual
consent in a Brescia court on November 14.
Opera in the United States got
a $950,000 boost from the Ford Foundation, which
set up a program to subsidize production of new
American operas in New York, Chicago,and San
FRancisco, starting in 1961.
Left: The Lyric Opera of Chicago
(Illinois) production of Puccini's Turandot
was staged by Vladimir Rosing and starred Birgit
Right: The Lyric Opera also staged the seldom
performed folk opera Jenufa by Czech
composer Leos Janacek.
The U.S. House Subcommittee on
Legislative Oversight held hearings October 6-12
on allegedly rigged television quiz programs.
When the hearings resumed on November 2, members
heard Charles Van Doren, who won $129,000 on the
NBC-TV quiz show "21," admit that he
had been given questions and answers in advance
when he appeared on the program in 1956.
Charles Van Doren was subpoenaed by House
investigators to testify on the rigging of
television quiz shows.
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7th season of Shakespearean drama opened July 1
at the Stratford Festival Theatre in Stratford,
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