FLORENCE HENDERSON - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/10/1992 - HFSID 270218
Sale Price $162.00
TLS: "Florence", 1 page, 6¼x9. No place, 1992 August 10. On sheet imprinted with her name to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. Begins: "Dear Phyllis". In full: "Thanks for, once again, being such a great guest on COUNTRY KITCHEN. I love working with you and I love you. Hope you'll come back many more times to stir up more fun in our kitchen. God Bless". Handwritten postscript: "P.S. Tried to get you for a Vegas date with me but you were booked!" Henderson began the first of nine seasons of hosting and co-producing Country Kitchen in 1985. The show, a combination cooking, comedy and talk show, inspired her cookbook, A Little Cooking, A Little Talking and a Whole Lot of Fun. She would later host another cooking show, Short Cut Cooking, from 1998-2000. In the year she signed this letter, Henderson appeared in one feature film, Shakes the Clown. FLORENCE HENDERSON (born in 1934), a multi-talented singer, dancer and actress, is best known for her role as Carol Brady in the TV series, The Brady Bunch (1969-1974), and subsequent Brady TV shows and made-for-TV movies. Henderson, who was a Today girl from 1959-1960, was the first woman to host The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and she would later co-host the short-lived spinoff series, Later Today (1999-2000). A successful star of Broadway musicals, she has appeared in several feature films, including Song of Norway (1970), and has appeared as a guest on dozens of TV series, game shows and variety programs. 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). 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 fold, not at signature. Fine condition.
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