BILLY DE WOLFE - INSCRIBED SIGNATURE CO-SIGNED BY: LEE MONTI - HFSID 168921
Sale Price $162.00
BILLY De WOLFE and LEE MONTI
Pink album leaf signed with "With all good wishes always" by comedian Billy De Wolfe and "Best of Luck" by polka musician Lee Monti
Inscribed signature: "To Billy -/With all good/wishes always-/Billy De Wolfe" and, on verso, "Best of Luck/To Billie- From/The Tu-Tones./Sincerely Lee Monti", 5½x4½ album leaf, with rounded corners on right edge. BILLYDe WOLFE (1907-1974) was an actor of vaudeville, stage, film and TV. He got his start in vaudeville and musical revues in the late 1930s; his best known act was "Mrs. Murgatroyd", with a mustachioed De Wolfe in spectacles and a flowered hat impersonating a middle-aged woman. His best known persona, though, was as a lisping, effeminate man with the catchphrace "Busy, busy, busy!" He first appeared on film in 1943, the first of his 30 movies and TV shows. His career enjoyed a renaissance in the 1960s and 1970s. Evidently, something in his campy performance struck a chord with audiences of that era, and he was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show (1970-1972). He also landed recurring roles as Jules Benedict on That Girl (1966-1969), as Roland B. Hutton, Jr. on Good Morning, World (1967) and as Willard Jarvis on The Doris Day Show (1969-1973). LEE MONTI was the headman for Lee Monti and the Tu Tones, a polka and country band that recorded many albums between 1947 and 1959. Lightly toned and creased. Monti's signature has bled lightly but is legible. Light show-through, which touches Monti's signature but not De Wolfe's. Lightly discolored along right and bottom edges. Leaf was neatly torn from album at left edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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