Makarova made her debut with the American Ballet Theatre and later was the first exiled artist to return to the Soviet Union before its fall to dance with the Kirov Ballet.
Clinton also took special note of Letterman, saying he must be wondering what he’s doing in a crowd of talented artists and musicians.
‘‘Dave and I have a history,’’ she said. ‘‘I have been a guest on his show several times, and if you include references to my pant suits, I'm on at least once a week.’’
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