ABBOTT & COSTELLO (LOU COSTELLO) - DOCUMENT SIGNED 01/31/1955 CO-SIGNED BY: ANNE (MRS. LOU) COSTELLO - HFSID 173129
Sale Price $552.50
ABBOTT & COSTELLO: LOU COSTELLO and ANNE "MS. LOU" COSTELLOThe comedy legend and his wife sign a U.S. Treasury Department form listing four years of their tax deficiencies Document signed: "Lou Costello" and "Anne Costello" in ink, 1p, 8x10½. Los Angeles, 1955 January 31.Headed: "Offer of Waiver of Restrictions on Assessment and Collection of/Deficiency in Tax and of Acceptance of Overassessment". Their income taxes for the years ending 1948, 1949, 1950 and 1951 are listed with the penalties: taxes in excess of $140,000 with penalties of over $20,000. Lou Costello (1906-1959) and Anne Battler Costello were married from 1934 until Lou's death. After Lou Costello's business manager died in the early fifties, Lou discovered that his manager didn't pay his income taxes for years. Lou lost his 24-room house and his office building and had to have his money managed by the IRS. Anne Battler Costello (1912-1959) was born in Scotland as Hannah Battler. At the age of eight, she immigrated with her father to the United States. They settled in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and her mother and two sisters arrived shortly afterward. The Battler sisters all changed their names and Hannah became Anne. When she was a teenager, Anne took up dancing, eventually becoming a children's dance teacher. She and her older sister Irene won numerous medals in various Scottish dancing competitions. In 1930, she decided to try her hand in show business, and a year or two later she moved to New York to dance in the chorus line, in the Ann Corio show "This Was Burlesque" on Broadway. During that show's run she met Lou Costello, and after a short courtship the couple was married. Anne's career as a dancer was cut short by a car accident, which put her in a full body cast for months. From then on she devoted herself to taking care of her husband and children. Problems with the IRS, the death of her young son, and the passing of her husband in early 1959 contributed to her declining health. She passed in December of 1959 at the age of 47. Lightly creased with folds (not at signatures). Two file holes at upper blank edge. Fine condition.
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