Gene Kelly’s Cold War mission for JFK revealed

PARIS: He starred in one of the most iconic musical moments in film history, but

his wife said that Gene Kelly also had a cameo in the Cold War.

Patricia Kelly was just 26 when she was sent to make a documentary about the

legendary dancer, then 73. She soon became his biographer, and his third and final wife.

Among the surprising tales she gathered about Kelly´s eventful life was his time

as a cultural ambassador to Africa at the peak of the Cold War.

Kelly was close to US president John F Kennedy. "They were buddies," Patricia

told AFP. "Gene used to sing Irish rebel songs with him in the White House."

After performing at Kennedy´s inauguration in 1964, he fell into conversation in