DOROTHY FIELDS - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: VINCENT MILLER YOUMANS, EMERSON FOOTE - HFSID 67362
Sale Price $288.00
DOROTHY FIELDS, VINCENT MILLER YOUMANS and OTHERS
On a page inscribed to the world famous Hildegarde, Fields and Youmans send their congratulations on her wonderful performance. The page also features 5 additional signatures, including millionaire advertiser and Director of American Cancer Society, Emerson Foote.
Autograph note signed: "Dear Hildegarde -/This is a greeting - /not [illegible] (a new,/but definite) affection - Doris Fields" and "Hildegarde -/Just sing for me-/Your's please/Vincent Youmans", "To Hildegarde--/What a lovely evening!/Emerson Foote," plus four other unidentified signatures. 8¼x9¼. FIELDS (1905-1974, born in Allenhurst, New Jersey), the first woman songwriter elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1971), had written "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" with composer Jimmy McHugh for the film Blackbirds of 1928. Her other notable lyrics include On the Sunny Side of the Street, I'm in the Mood for Love and the Academy Award-winning song, The Way You Look Tonight, from the 1936 film, Swing Time (Fields had been nominated for the Best Song Oscar the previous year for a song for Roberta). YOUMANS (1898-1946, born in New York City) was an American composer who began composing in the Navy during World War II. His first musical was Two Little Girls in Blue (1921), which ran for 135 performances. In all, he composed music for 13 Broadway shows, including Wildflower, which ran for 421 performances in 1923 and 1924; No, No, Nanette, which ran for 321 performances in 1925 and 1926; and Hit the Deck, which ran for 352 performances in 1927 and 1928. FOOTE (1906-1992) was co-founder of Foote, Cone & Belding--the largest marketing communications company in the U.S. Beginning as a copywriter in San Francisco, Foote is famous for partnering with President Lyndon B. Johnson and the American Cancer Society to campaign against tobacco. Later serving as chairman of the American Cancer Society, Foote also was a trustee of the Environmental Fund and the Population Institute, as well as an adviser to India. He died in 1992 from complications with appendicitis. LORETTA SELL HILDEGARDE (1906-2005), popularly known by her last name only or simply as "the incomparable Hildegarde" was thought by many to be European, although she was born in Wisconsin. A classically trained pianist who played in vaudeville from 1926, she emerged as a popular singer in the 1930s and 1940s with hits that included "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup" (written by her manager, Anna Sosenko), "The Last Time I Saw Paris" and "I'll Be Seeing You." She also had a popular radio program, Hildegarde's Raleigh Room. Hildegarde continued to perform to great acclaim in nightclubs until age 89, when she decided it wasn't fun anymore. Lightly toned, especially around edges, stained and creased. Part of Youmans' signature is smeared and touches an unidentified signature. Otherwise in fine condition.
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