Khrushchev visits Hollywood

In 1959 Mydans photographed Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev on his visit to the United States. During his stay, Khrushchev visited the Twentieth Century Fox studios during the filming of the movie Can-Can. Khrushchev came on the set with his wife, bodyguards, politicians, U.S. officials, and studio heads who ordered the dancers to perform an entire can-can number for the elite guests.
The film, starring Shirley MacLaine, received worldwide publicity because of Khrushchev's visit. The next day's newspapers carried an interesting quote from him. When asked what he thought of Can-Can, he replied, "The face of humanity is prettier than its backside."
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Object Name
Date made
Mydans, Carl
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 10 1/2 in x 13 1/2 in; 26.67 cm x 34.29 cm
place made
United States: California, Los Angeles, Hollywood
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Carl Mydans
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Carl Mydans
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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