A telegram from Frank Sinatra to Milton Berle regarding the Kennedy Inaugural Gala
4 pages. Together with Peter Lawford, Sinatra co-produced the Inaugural Gala and invited Milton Berle to perform alongside a number of other stars including Nat King Cole, Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Ella Fitzgerald and Gene Kelly. Dated January 11, 1961 (nine days before the inauguration), the telegram outlines the rehearsal and performance schedule for the gala, emphasizing the seriousness of the occasion and the need for practice. Sinatra ends on a reflective note, "Everything is shaping up for something that we all will / be remembering for a long long time and believe you me / I don't think I have ever been so excited."
Sinatra was a prominent supporter of President Kennedy and remained close to him until Kennedy's advisors famously pressured the President to end their friendship in 1962. This lot also includes a matted color photograph of Kennedy, Sinatra, and Berle at the gala, an Inaugural Gala program, Berle's invitation to the Inauguration, and his Inauguration program.
Telegram, 8 x 5 7/8 in.