DOM DELUISE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 1984 - HFSID 270178
Sale Price $552.50
Dom DeLuise sends an autograph letter to Phyllis Diller in 1984 about looking forward to working with her in person.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Dom/xxx/'84", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1984. On sheet imprinted with his name and a caricature by Al Hirschfeld to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. Begins: "Dear Phyllis". In full: "What a joy! I am so looking forward to working with you - I will talk to you about this in person...Till then! Kiss! Kiss! Love! & Yippie! And Yeah!!" We have been unable to determine the project to which DeLuise is referring in this letter. In 1984, he appeared in two feature films, Cannonball Run II and Johnny Dangerously. There is no mention of him appearing with Diller in films or on television in 1984 or 1985. Comic actor DOM DeLUISE (1933-2009) has appeared on Broadway and on the big and small screens. His feature films include The Glass-Bottom Boat (1966), The Twelve Chairs (1970), Blazing Saddles (1974), Silent Movie (1976), The End (1978), The Muppet Movie (1979), History of the World - Part 1 (1981), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), Spaceballs (1987) and Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), and De Luise also hosted a weekly summer variety program on TV. A lifelong opera buff, DeLuise has been given the opportunity from time to time to perform with various opera companies. In 1995, he brought down the house at New York's Metropolitan in the role of Frosh the Jailer in Die Fledermaus. DeLuise, who has been married to actress Carol Arthur since 1965, has three sons, Peter, Michael and David, who are also actors. Comedienne PHYLLIS DILLER (1917-2012), known for her outrageous appearance, zany outfits, distinctive laugh and a stand-up act that featured frequent references to her fictional husband, "Fang", and zingers about her sex appeal and numerous plastic surgeries, got her big break in March 1955 (at age 37), 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 in a Washington, D.C. club. A favorite of the comedian, Diller would appear in three of Hope's films and 23 of his TV specials. Diller, who recorded her first comedy record album in 1959, took her groundbreaking "funny hausfrau" act to nightclubs and television variety shows and specials and she also appeared on the big screen. Her feature film credits include Splendor in the Grass (1961), The Fat Spy (1966), Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! (1966), The Sunshine Boys (1975) and The Silence of the Hams (1994), and she provided the voice of the Queen in A Bug's Life (1998). By 2000, the comedienne, who had trained as a concert pianist before her marriage (1939-1965) to Sherwood Anderson Diller, had appeared as a piano soloist with 100 symphony orchestras across the U.S. Despite retiring from nightclub/stage tours in May 2002 at the age of 84, Diller continued to make films (Motorcross Kids, 2004; Forget About It, 2005) and occasionally appear on TV programs, including two episodes of 7th Heaven (2002, 2003) and a guest shot on The Wayne Brady Show (2004). Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Stray ink smudge at the second "x" in signature. Fine condition.
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