COLE PORTER - COLLECTION - HFSID 278893
Sale Price $935.00
COLE PORTERHis signed letter, accompanied by letters from his cousin, after family members attended his hit musical, Kiss Me Kate! Typed Letter signed: "Cole", 1 page, 7¼x10½. New York, N.Y., 1949 December 5. On letterhead of the Waldorf-Astoria Towers to "Dear Harvey". In full: "I am very sorry but I cannot accept your check. It was a great joy to get those tickets for you, and I felt flattered that you all wanted to go to see my show. All my best, Sincerely". Accompanied by three unsigned carbon copies of typed letterssent to Porter in Williamstown, Massachusetts, evidently by his cousin Albert "Harvey" Cole. 1) letter dated October 27, 1949, requesting Porter's help in obtaining tickets for a Chicago performance of Kiss Me Kate, since tickets are "difficult to obtain." 2) letter dated November 5, 1949, acknowledging Porter's wire that the tickets will be waiting at the box office, and expressing thanks; 3) letter dated November 30,1949, praising the seats and the show, and enclosing a check to cover their cost. The show was viewed by "Mildred, Josephine, Omar and I", two of Porter's cousins and their wives. Composer and lyricist Cole Porter (1891-1964), who was born in Peru, Indiana, won two Tony Awards in 1949 (Best Composer & Lyricist and Best Musical) for Kiss Me, Kate, and he was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Song in 1936, 1941, 1943 and 1956. Among the songs penned by Porter, who was known for his urbane, witty lyrics and sinuous music are "You Do Something to Me", "What Is This Thing Called Love?", "Night and Day", "Anything Goes", "I Get a Kick Out of You", "You're the Top", "Begin the Beguine", "My Heart Belongs to Daddy", "I've Got You Under My Skin" and scores of other popular songs. He appeared (unaccredited) in his screen biography, Night and Day, in 1946, the year his musical, Around the World in Eighty Days, ran on Broadway (May-August). Porter wrote over 20 musicals, including Anything Goes (1934), Silk Stockings (1955) and High Society (1956). Mailing folds not near signature. Staple holes at upper left. Carbon copies have some paper loss. Otherwise, fine condition.
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