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Kristina Hagman Regarding Dwight Eisenhower

July 28, 2016

As promised yesterday what follows is another anecdote from a book I am currently reading, “The Eternal Party Understanding My Dad, Larry Hagman, The T.V. Star America Loved To Hate,” by daughter Kristina Hagman with Elizabeth Kaye, which involves the 34th U.S. President, Dwight David Eisenhower.

Being Larry Hagman’s daughter, Kristina is also the granddaughter of the iconic star, Mary Martin, known for many roles but probably most famously for that of “Peter Pan.”

Kristina Hagman was in Washington D.C. for her first birthday in the late 1950’s and while her dad Larry Hagman was rehearsing, Kristina’s mom, Mai and she were on line for a tour of the White House.

Kristina’s words follow: “As the story goes, word got out, all the way to President Eisenhower, that Mary Martin’s granddaughter was in the building.”

They were brought into Ike’s office and Mai was nervous and could not say a word. finally Mai “blurted out that we were in the White House to celebrate my first birthday.

Mr. Eisenhower said “he was amazed to see us because he did not believe that Peter Pan could be a grandma.”



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