BEN BARD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED CIRCA 1927 - HFSID 75071
Sale Price $414.00
On his personal Hollywood letterhead, he talks about his recent film work, and notes that having left the stage, he misses the live audience, but fan letters replace the applause.
Typed Letter signed: "Ben Bard", 1 page, 7¼x10¼. Hollywood, California, undated, but circa 1927. To "Dear Friend", in full: "In appreciation of your lovely letter, I am enclosing you one of my photos [Item not included], which I hope you will like. Since leaving the stage, I have missed my audience, and it is through our letters from our fan friends that we receive our applause. They make me feel it is really worthwhile, even being the 'villain'. Such parts, however, give one much more of a variety and I really enjoy them. My motion picture work and my radio entertainment are so different and yet so interesting that I love them very much, and then when the nice letters come in, it makes me like them all the more. I am just completing work with Dolores Del Rio in 'His Wife's Honor', in which I play the part of the husband, and I feel that this is the best work I have ever done. I do hope you will see it and let me know how you liked it. If you have not seen my recent picture - 'Seventh Heaven' and 'The Secret Studio', be sure and ask your favorite theatre manager to show them for you, as I would like to know your opinion of them. With best wishes I am sincerely your friend." Ben Bard (1893-1974) formed a vaudeville comedy teamwith Jack Pearl. In film, Bard was often cast as a "suave heavy", a dapper, smooth-talking fellow with a dark side, as in The Seventh Victim (1943). In the 1950s, he headed the New Talent Department at Twentieth Century Fox. He founded the Ben Bard Drama studio in 1960. Bard outlived two of his actress wives, divorcing the third. He is buried beside the first, serial film star Ruth Roland. Normal mailing folds. Creased and toned. Edges and corners worn with creases and small tears. Lightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
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