DOROTHY KILGALLEN - AUTOGRAPH 07/18/1950 CO-SIGNED BY: RICHARD KOLLMAR - HFSID 18103
RICHARD KOLLMAR and DOROTHY KILGALLEN Rare signatures from the radio couple dated 1950 Signature: "Dorothy Kilgallen - July 18, 1950", "Dick Kollmar July 18, 1950", and 4 unidentified signatures, 9½x6¼. These signers merit further research: "John W.
Sale Price $198.00
RICHARD KOLLMAR and DOROTHY KILGALLEN
Rare signatures from the radio couple dated 1950
Signature: "Dorothy Kilgallen - July 18, 1950", "Dick Kollmar July 18, 1950", and 4 unidentified signatures, 9½x6¼. These signers merit further research: "John W. Arnell", "Miriam Sheyler Consim", "Georges de Fably", "Mary Duncannor", "Marie Banett", "The B.W. + Ed Wilson" DOROTHY KILGALLEN (1913-1965) began her journalistic career as a crime reporter, and continued to do aggressive investigative journalism even while she prospered as a celebrated gossip columnist and TV personality. Her syndicated "Voice of Broadway" column employed a simple formula for gathering news. She told press agents that she would write flattering references to their clients if they supplied her with three pieces of derogatory information on other celebrities. Beginning in 1940, she co-hosted with husband RICHARD KOLLMAR (1910-1971) a popular radio talk show, Breakfast with Dorothy and Dick. She tried her hand as film actress and screenwriter, but reached an even larger audience as a long-time panelist (1950-1965) on the popular TV quiz show, What's My Line. Kilgallen was often at the center of controversy, pushing for a new trial for convicted murderer, Dr. Sam Shepard (the real life Fugitive), sued by a fellow reporter for alleging an affair with a White House staffer, ridiculing the dumpy clothing of Nina Khrushchev during Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev's visit to the U.S. (1959), and going public with charges that the CIA and the Mafia were working together to murder Cuban President Fidel Castro. Although generally protective of President Kennedy, Kilgallen wrote shortly before Marilyn Monroe's death (August 4, 1962) a column implying Monroe's romantic involvement with JFK. At the time of her own death, reportedly from an overdose of alcohol and barbiturates, she was actively investigating Kennedy's assassination and had told friends she would soon go public with new revelations. Irregularly cut. Stray pencil markings. Right margin creased, notched, and frayed. Heavily toned. Light surface creases. Otherwise, fine condition.
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