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BARBARA SINATRA - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/18/1995 - HFSID 270305

The widow of Frank Sinatra autographed this letter to Phyllis Diller Typed Letter Signed: "Barbara Sinatra", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1995 May 18. On letterhead imprinted with her name to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller, Los Angeles, California.

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BARBARA SINATRA
The widow of Frank Sinatra autographed this letter to Phyllis Diller
Typed Letter Signed: "Barbara Sinatra", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1995 May 18. On letterhead imprinted with her name to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller, Los Angeles, California. Begins: "Dear Phyllis". In full: "A long overdue heartfelt thank you for your wonderful recipe. We are moving along with our cookbook project and will continue to keep you advised. As soon as we know our publication date, we will let you know. In the meantime, on behalf of the children who will benefit from our efforts, thank you very much for your help! Love". The cookbook mentioned in this letter, The Sinatra Celebrity Cookbook, was published before Frank Sinatra's death in May 1998. Proceeds from the book, which contained recipes from more than 300 chefs, benefited the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center, founded in 1986 by Barbara and Frank Sinatra. BARBARA SINATRA (1927-2017), was formerly married to comedian Zeppo Marx before becoming Frank Sinatra's wife on July 11, 1976. They were married until his death. A former Las Vegas showgirl and Los Angeles fashion designer, Barbara had appeared on The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Frank Sinatra in 1977, but was primarily devoted to her husband and raising money for charity through projects such as the cookbook mentioned in this letter and celebrity golf tournaments and other events. PHYLLIS DILLER (1917-2012) was one of the greatest female comedians of the 20th Century. She's known for her zany outfits, distinctive laugh, a stand-up act that featured frequent references to fictional husband "Fang", and zingers about her sex appeal and numerous plastic surgeries. Her big break came in March 1955 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 perform in Washington, D.C. A favorite of the comedian, Diller would appear in 3 of Hope's films and 23 of his television specials. Diller, who recorded her first comedy record album in 1959, took her groundbreaking "funny hausfrau" act to nightclubs and television variety shows. Her hundreds of screen credits include appearances on television series, game shows, late night talk shows, and films. She made her feature film debut in the Oscar-winner Splendor in the Grass. Other film credits include The Fat Spy (1966), The Sunshine Boys (1975), The Silence of the Hams (1994), and A Bug's Life (1998). From 1966 to 1967, she starred in The Phyllis Diller Show. While Diller is best known as a comedian, she was also a talented musician, author, and artist. From 1971 to 1981, she toured with symphony orchestras across the country as a featured pianist. Partially due to her flamboyant costumes and stand-up routine, Diller was embraced as a gay icon. She continued to make appearances on various productions until her death, with her final screen credits coming in a recurring role on the daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful (from 1997-2012). In 1975, she was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Phyllis Diller was the first female comedian to become a household name, inspiring female comedians like Joan Rivers and Margaret Cho. Lightly creased with folds, lower horizontal fold at signature. Light type transference at lower margin. Otherwise, fine condition.

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