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Elvis asked Richard Nixon to let him into US Secret Service, letter reveals

Published 11/03/2016 | 07:37

Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley

A letter from Elvis Presley attempting to persuade the American president to grant him federal agent status prompted roars of laughter at the 2016 Letters Live launch.

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It was one of a series of historic letters read out by an array of famous actors, musicians and writers at the event on Thursday night.

British actor Matt Berry opened the show with a boastful letter from the iconic entertainer to President Richard Nixon urging him to let him in to the American secret service.

Berry was followed by a string of celebrity performers including X-Files actor Gillian Anderson, author Will Self, actress Samantha Bond, and musician Jarvis Cocker to bring to life romantic, personal and funny letters.

Elvis Presley is shown in this 1970 photo, dateline unknown. To ensure Elvis fans and the general public don't forget the jumpsuit years, the Presley estate is re-releasing the 1970 concert film ``Elvis, That's The Way It is,'' with new concert footage. The 97-minute documentary on Presley's Las Vegas concerts will debut Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, in Memphis, Tenn., as part of Elvis Tribute Week, the annual fan pilgrimage to the King's hometown to commemorate the anniversary of his death, Aug. 16, 1977. (AP Photo/Permission by Elvis Presley Enterprises)
Elvis Presley is shown in this 1970 photo, dateline unknown. To ensure Elvis fans and the general public don't forget the jumpsuit years, the Presley estate is re-releasing the 1970 concert film ``Elvis, That's The Way It is,'' with new concert footage. The 97-minute documentary on Presley's Las Vegas concerts will debut Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, in Memphis, Tenn., as part of Elvis Tribute Week, the annual fan pilgrimage to the King's hometown to commemorate the anniversary of his death, Aug. 16, 1977. (AP Photo/Permission by Elvis Presley Enterprises)

The event is based on the collection of letters published in Shaun Usher's international best-seller Letters Of Note.

The 2016 series, at London's grand Freemason's Hall, will feature Benedict Cumberbatch, Caitlin Moran, Russell Brand, Shami Chakrabarti and Tom Odell as well as dozens of other famous performers over the next five days.

Letters Live first launched last year and quickly became a sell-out success.

The revealing letters give an intimate insight in to historic events and personalities, ranging from the romantic and funny to the powerful and tragic.

Elvis Presley is shown with his Gibson J-200 guitar in a 1957 MGM studio publicity photo. Born in Tupelo, Miss., Elvis was an immediate sensation in the mid-1950s with his blend of blues rock and rockabilly. Because of his stage gyrations, television producers initially refused to show him below the waist on screen. Critics called him
Elvis Presley is shown with his Gibson J-200 guitar in a 1957 MGM studio publicity photo. Born in Tupelo, Miss., Elvis was an immediate sensation in the mid-1950s with his blend of blues rock and rockabilly. Because of his stage gyrations, television producers initially refused to show him below the waist on screen. Critics called him "Elvis the Pelvis," but his fans called him the "King of Rock 'n' Roll." The Elvis empire grew with live performances, records, films and a grand estate in Memphis,Tenn., known worldwide as Graceland. Elvis died at Graceland on Aug. 16, 1977. He was 42. (AP Photo)

Publisher Jamie Byng, who is behind the live events, said they celebrate the "enduring power of literary correspondence".

"This is the most ambitious run of shows to date," he said.

"Letters Live tries at the most fundamental level to connect people through words."

Last month British actors Jude Law and Matt Berry were among the stars joined by refugees to stage a reading at the Calais refugee camp.

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