ELEANOR VALLEE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/11/1995 - HFSID 270407
ELEANOR VALLEÉ (MRS. RUDY VALLEÉ) TLS: "Eleanor Valleé", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1995 November 11. To comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. Begins: "Dear Phyllis
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ELEANOR VALLEÉ (MRS. RUDY VALLEÉ)
TLS: "Eleanor Valleé", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1995 November 11. To comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. Begins: "Dear Phyllis". In full: "I just returned from New York and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed having you and Robert Hastings for dinner. You added so much to the evening and I want to thank you for the beautiful flowers you sent. Hope to see you soon. Your friend". ELEANOR NORRIS, a model and actress, was the fourth wife of singer/actor Rudy Valleé. The couple was married from 1946 until his death on July 3, 1986. She was a popular hostess and was involved in numerous charities and social organizations. Eleanor detailed their celebrity-filled life together in her book, My Vagabond Lover. ROBERT HASTINGS was an attorney whom Diller called "the love of my life". They had a ten-year relationship before his death. 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. Fine condition.
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