DICK HAYMES A very reflective letter on the meaning of his life and on his future hopes, written to friend and film editor Watson Webb. His career waning, Haymes tries to sound optimistic. Typed Letter signed "Dick/[drawn heart]", 2 pages (front and verso), 8½x11.

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A very reflective letter on the meaning of his life and on his future hopes, written to friend and film editor Watson Webb. His career waning, Haymes tries to sound optimistic.
Typed Letter signed "Dick/[drawn heart]", 2 pages (front and verso), 8½x11. Oxnard, California, 1977 September 21. Accompanied by original mailing envelope with old return address inked out and new one typed in. On personal letterhead with facsimile signature to "Dear friend, Watty" [Watson Webb, Los Angeles], in full: "A short note to let you know that I am still functioning and that Wendy and I hold you in our thoughts and speak of you very often, wondering how you are and praying that all is well. I have reached a time in my life that I look upon as the crossroads. I am gradually fazing out of the performing end of the business into the creative areas of writing and producing, which seems to flow through me with ease and, more important, gives me a mental stimulation, a satisfied feeling of accomplishment, never before experienced. Pondering the 'instant' of my life time, I have happily come to the conclusion that nothing of those joyful or sad moments is wasted! All is filed and recorded in the recesses of my mind, and available instantly for output onto the typewriter. WRITE about, what you KNOW about! That's a good rule to abide, and goes to prove that the only good thing about the past is 'know-how'! - Come to think about it, that's a good plus. Anyway, I have completed a screenplay, 'Reprise', for which I am presently negotiating a distribution deal and finance enabling me to package and produce same myself. I am referring to a feature film, not to be confused with the plastic jungle of television. It all looks awfully good, Watty, but until all negotiations are 'in the can', I sing for my supper. Wendy and the children are fine and happy. I see me second oldest daughter, Nugent, nee Joanne, just about every day. She drops over with her daughter, Tara, who plays with Wendy's and my Sean and Samantha, making the whole thing totally confusing. I LOVE IT! I don't know if I told you, but we sold the house in Encino. We could no longer handle the smog and the nouveau-riche syndrome with which we were surrounded. - So, -- we reverted back to the beach. We are living in Oxnard at present, but we are moving further North along the coast. Wendy and I have the house pictured in our minds, and we will probably find said dream-house on the Northern tip of the California Coast, or even onto Oregon. We are not made, Dear Friend, it is just that we are s sock of witnessing the ravages of greed that surround us. Everyone seems to be into speculating, building. 'Let's saw down all those two hundred year old eucalyptus trees in that meadow over there and build us some Condos or Town Houses!' Or, -- 'The hell with the wildlife! They'll find somewhere to go -' I think you get my point. I will find the correct way to support our dream, such as a contract with a publisher calling for two books a year, (that would free me to write on the dark side of the moon if I wanted to) or become established enough to write and produce one important picture per annum and fly in from where-ever to do so. - It's not that hard to get together. This was going to be a short note, but when I get to the typewriter, the gears of my mind start to roll. Please forgive the long silence, Watty, and do please let us hear from you. I'll enter the address and phone number on the bottom of the page. Wendy sends much love, and so do I. Stay well and God Bless. Love and Peace, Your good friend". Dick Haymes (1918-1980), born in Argentina, was a very popular big band singer of the 1940s and solo pop vocalist through the mid- 1950s. He sang with the bands of Harry James, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, and was renowned for his mellow renditions of pop standards like "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "It Might as Well Be Spring." He appeared in a few films (State Fair, Four Jills and a Jeep), and might have been remained at the top had it not been for personal problems: alcohol, women (six stormy marriages, including one to Rita Hayworth), and citizenship problems. (Columbia Pictures mogul Harry Cohn tried to get him deported.) His hopes of becoming an author and producer - expressed in this letter - never came to fruition. Haymes was married to his sixth wife, Wendy Smith, from 1966 until his death. J. Watson Webb, Jr. (1916-2000) was an American film editor. He had worked with Haymes on State Fair (1945). Multiple mailing folds. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.

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