FLORENCE HENDERSON TLS: "God Bless & Love,/Florence & Ira", 1 page, 5¼x7¼. No place, no date, but circa December 1981. On decorative poinsettia sheet to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. Begins: "Dear Phyllis

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TLS: "God Bless & Love,/Florence & Ira", 1 page, 5¼x7¼. No place, no date, but circa December 1981. On decorative poinsettia sheet to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. Begins: "Dear Phyllis". In full: "Ira and I want to thank you for your holiday wishes. We hope that 1981 will be filled with much good health and happiness for you!" Ink note (unknown hand) on verso: "Florence Henderson/Ira Bernstein/1981". Henderson was married to her first husband, IRA BERNSTEIN, from 1956 until their divorce in 1985; the couple had four children. In the year she signed this letter, Henderson starred in the made-for-TV movie, The Brady Girls Get Married, and The Brady Girls Get Married, a short-lived TV series. She also guest starred on Hart to Hart and Fantasy Island and in two episodes of The Love Boat. 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). 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). Slightly creased, not at writing. Fine condition.

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