Can you picture one of the most celebrated ballet dancers of the 20th century and Jackie Kennedy having an affair? Well, in this crazy world you can expect almost anything. According to Globe Magazine Jackie had a secret affair that lasted for years with Soviet-born dancer Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev or “Rudi” as he was commonly known. The Globe says there is a new tell-all book claiming Jackie flew Nureyev to Washington D.C., in 1963, and they soon “plunged into a secret love affair that lasted years.”
But if you have read before about Nureyev and his work, you also know that he remained a closeted gay all the way to his death; which according to info online, made him a hostile and angry man. The truth about Rudolf forced him to keep his relationships a secret but the new claims say he was heard bragging about his conquests with the Kennedy’s that even included RFK.
The talented dancer was known also for his brilliant job, his credits on his IMDb profile include works as actor, writer and director. As an actor, some of his work includes playing Romeo in the 1966 Romeo and Juliet, he was Prince Siegfried in the 1967 Schwanensee, he was the Prince Drosselmeyer in the 1968 TV movie The Nutcracker. He was also Basilio in the 1973 Don Quixote, he played Rudolph Valentino in the 1977 Valentino and his last work listed is as Masques de lune in the 1992 TV series Coup de foudre.
Rudolf Nureyev was born March 17, 1938, in Irkutsk, Russia. After graduating from the Leningrad Ballet School, he became a soloist with the Kirov Ballet. He was born, the youngest child and only son to a peasant family of Tartar heritage.
In 1961, he made his London debut at Margot Fonteyn’s yearly gala for the Royal Academy of Dancing. Margot Fonteyn and Nureyev became long-time partners and at the time it was questioned if their astonishing chemistry together could have been more than two talented people working together for the art and their passion. But the truth was reveal when he died of AIDS in 1993 at the age of 55. Nureyev was actually a closeted homosexual at a time when it was considered immoral and even illegal.
What do you make of this? Possible or not a chance?
You can find out more details about Rudolf on the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation here.