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ABE LASTFOGEL - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED - HFSID 20006

Guest book signed by the famous celebrity agent and president of the William Morris Agency to entertainer and hostess Hildegarde, "The most fascinating artist I have ever seen"

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ABE LASTFOGEL Guest book signed by the famous celebrity agent and president of the William Morris Agency to entertainer and hostess Hildegarde, "The most fascinating artist I have ever seen" Autograph Note Signed "Abe Lastfogel" in blue ink. Unknown signatures in blue ink on front and verso. Pencil marks at top and left edges in unknown hand. 1 page, 9x7½, rounded bottom right corner. Lastfogel's note in full: "The most fascinating artist I have ever seen. It is with deep regret that it has taken so many years before I have had the priviledge [sic] of becoming associated with you. I will try very hard to make up for the lack of the many lost years for imagination on my part in not recognizing your great talent the first time I saw you - Forgive me". This page is from a guestbook owned by HILDEGARDE (1906-2005, born Hildegarde Loretta Sell in Adell, Wisconsin), popularly known by her last name only or simply as "the incomparable Hildegarde", was thought by many to be European, although she was born in Wisconsin. A classically trained pianist who played in vaudeville from 1926, she emerged as a popular singer in the 1930s and 1940s with hits like Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup (written by her manager, Anna Sosenko), The Last Time I Saw Paris and I'll Be Seeing You She had a popular radio program, Hildegarde's Raleigh Room. She continued to perform to great acclaim in nightclubs until age 89, when she decided it wasn't fun anymore. Agent ABE LASTFOGEL (1898-1984), born Abraham Isaac Lastfogel, was president of the William Morris Agency (1951-1969) and represented Hollywood celebrities including Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe. He joined William Morris as an office boy in 1912. He managed the agency's New York office and helped push William Morris in to the music business in 1939. He also organized USO shows featuring more than 7,000 entertainers during World War II. FRANK PROUIN. Co-signer merits for further research. Lightly toned. Show-through touches signature and body of note. Red ink marks near note (does not touch signature or body of note. Lightly discolored right and bottom edges. Otherwise, fine condition.  

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