Oprah Winfrey, Merle Haggard, Jerry Herman, Bill T. Jones and Paul McCartney will be celebrated at the John F. Kennedy Center

Among the honorees list are: Oprah Winfrey, Merle Haggard, Jerry Herman, Bill T. Jones, Paul McCartney.

According to Chairman David M. Rubenstein, “for more than 25 years, Oprah Winfrey has established one of the most innovative careers in the entertainment world, with distinctive accomplishments in television and film”.

About the other honorees, he added: “The honesty of Merle Haggard’s music and poetic lyrics has helped to shape the world of country music for nearly five decades,” and “Jerry Herman’s musicals rank him in the pantheon of Broadway’s Golden Age and will keep audiences humming along for generations to come”.

About Bill Jones, he said that has had “an invaluable impact on the varied landscapes of dance and theater.”

Besides, “Sir Paul McCartney is one of the most influential and successful songwriters and musicians of all time, whose work has continuously altered both the creation and perception of music all over the world.”

As previously mentioned, the ceremony will take place on December 5 at the Kennedy Center Opera House.

This year, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be the ones who will receive the honorees before the gala.

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Love letters from JFK to a Swedish woman auctioned

Kennedy’s relationship with Gunilla von Post is documented by a series of letters and telegrams. Until recently, Von Post did not publish these letters, but recently decided to sell them at auction.

In the letters sent to the Swedish sweetheart, Kennedy expressed his feelings for Von Post.

The two met on the French Riviera in the summer of 1953, when he was 36 years and she was 21 years. They danced a whole night and parted with a passionate kiss.

On June 28, 1954, in the summer after he married, Kennedy wrote to Von Post, saying: “I could take a boat and sail the Mediterranean for two weeks, with you instead the crew”.

Kennedy wrote to his beloved Sweden from hospital, after their meeting plans have collapsed when he fell and was elected with a serious back injury. In November 1954, he wrote her a letter from a hospital in Manhattan.

“And after two months, I’m still in hospital. I was terribly disappointed that the in the last time I wasn’t able to come to Europe, especially when I knew you’ll be in Paris and we could be so well together, “JFK wrote, promising that they will certainly meet.
In the same letter, JKF wonders to von Post if there is any chance to come to USA.

Von Post, now aged 78 years, revealed for the first time her relationship with former U.S. president in a book launched in 1998 and she described in an interview that her heart was beating very hard.
“I was very happy when I received news from him, but I said to myself that he was a ” married man, ‘ “she said in a TV show.

Just a year after JFK’s accident, the two were able to meet, in an old castle in Sweden. “I borrowed him for one week, a wonderful week that nobody can take it away from me,” said the woman.

Prices of the auction which has the letters stake start purchase with $ 25,000.

John Reznikoff, the president of University Archives, said the letters “exudes sorrow and show that although the two wanted to be together, it was not meant this to happen. “We’ve all heard rumors, we know that JFK had many lovers, but now we have the proof,” he said.

Von Post described the feelings between her and Kennedy as ” electrically “, saying however that they hadn’t the chance to last.

The last letter he sent to von Post, in August 1955, Kennedy wrote as he felt that their destinies will separate.
“I received news today that my wife and my sister will come here. It’s going to be all complicated, as I feel now (…). All I did was to sit in the sun, to look at the ocean and thinking about Gunilla”.

The letters are auctioned by LegendaryAuctions.com. The site’s President said that the purchase price will be much higher, estimating that the letters will be sold with about $ 100,000.

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