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JOAN WALSH ANGLUND - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/10/1981 - HFSID 270428

 

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DESIRABLE ORIGINAL DRAWING BY THE ILLUSTRATOR AND AUTHOR ON A LETTER TO COMEDIENNE PHYLLIS DILLER
 
JOAN WALSH ANGLUND.
ALS: "bob and joan" by Joan Walsh Anglund, 2p, 5¾x7¾. Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, 1981 August 10. To actress and comedienne Phyllis Diller. Begins: "Dearest Phyllis [heart]". Anglund has drawn her salutation inside a banner beneath one of her charming illustrations. In full: "just a little 'note' to tell you that we are thinking of you...and to bring you our love...! [two hearts]". Handwritten postscript signed: "j". In full: "It is always so good to hear from you...from 'wherever' you may 'be' 'around the world'! I am really 'looking forward' to the day when we can all get together 'in person' sometime and just 'talk' and 'talk' and 'talk' (and 'catch up' on all thats (sic) been 'going on' in our lives etc!) Wouldn't it be fun! Love". Lightly creased with folds, light veritical fold at the "b" of bob. Light paper clip rust stain at upper blank margin. Fine condition. With original mailing envelope, signed "j. w. Anglund" in three-line handwritten address, 5½x3¾. "B" Domestic Mail U.S. Postage stamp affixed, postmarked Nantucket, MA, August 10, 1981. Addressed by Anglund to: "Phyllis Diller, 163 S. Rockingham Drive, Los Angeles, Calif". Above the address, Anglund has drawn a sailboat on the waves; at lower left margin, she has written: "Personal". Ink slightly smudged at two words of return address (all legible). Lightly creased, slightly soiled. Paper clip rust stain at lower left blank margin. In 1980, the year before she wrote this letter, Anglund published Almost a Rainbow, a book of poems. Artist and author JOAN WALSH ANGLUND (born in 1926) is best known for her charming illustrations of young children that capture the innocence of childhood. Since writing and illustrating her first book, A Friend is Someone Who Likes You, in 1958, Anglund has published more than 75 children's books, which have sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, and her illustrations appear on a wide variety of licensed merchandise, including plates, greeting cards and stationery items, as well as posters. In 1979, Anglund began writing and illustrating a special section in "Good Housekeeping" four times annually, and her artwork has also appeared in such publications as "Ladies' Home Journal", "Woman's Day" and "Family Circle". Comedienne PHYLLIS DILLER (1917-2012), known for her outrageous appearance, zany outfits, distinctive laugh and a stand-up act that featured frequent references to her fictional husband, "Fang", and zingers about her sex appeal and numerous plastic surgeries, got her big break in March 1955 (at age 37), when she debuted at San Francisco's Purple Onion club. A subsequent appearance on The Tonight Show hosted by Jack Paar launched her national career, which got a big boost after Bob Hope saw Diller in a Washington, D.C. club. A favorite of the comedian, Diller would appear in three of Hope's films and 23 of his TV specials. Diller, who recorded her first comedy record album in 1959, took her groundbreaking "funny hausfrau" act to nightclubs and television variety shows and specials and she also appeared on the big screen. Her feature film credits include Splendor in the Grass (1961), The Fat Spy (1966), Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! (1966), The Sunshine Boys (1975) and The Silence of the Hams (1994), and she provided the voice of the Queen in A Bug's Life (1998). Despite retiring from nightclub/stage tours in May 2002 at the age of 84, Diller continued to make films (Motorcross Kids, 2004; Forget About It, 2005) and occasionally appear on TV programs, including two episodes of 7th Heaven (2002, 2003) and a guest shot on The Wayne Brady Show (2004). Two items.


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