FRANCIS X. BUSHMAN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/22/1948 - HFSID 178818
Sale Price $680.00
FRANCIS X. BUSHMAN
The actor pens this letter regarding his busy schedule and not being able to reply to letters from friends
Autograph Letter Signed: "Your friend/Francis X. Bushman", 1¼p, 8½x11. Pacific Palisades, California, 1948 September 22. On his personal letterhead to "My dear Wes". In full: "Not to reply to such a letter from an old friend is something I am not going to have on my conscience. My sincere apology for not answering the others. Am hundreds of letters behind, mostly due to my wife Norma's condition. About 5 Mo's of Doctors, Specialists, Dentist. Sorry I haven't any more recent photos (haven't had time for sittings) but am enclosing an ancient one, a token 'til I can send you a better. Thank you again for a letter I prize highly - Am honored by your loyalty and friendship." Photograph not present. Folds, horizontal fold underlines signature. 2 tape stains at blank area beneath signature, 1 tape stain at lower blank edge. Fine condition. Accompanied by original stamped envelope, the actor's return address imprinted at upper left corner, hand-addressed by Bushman to: "Wes Baleria, Roger Young Village, Unit 115, Los Angeles, 27, California". Slightly soiled, ink smudged at 2 words, else fine condition. A former sculptor's model, FRANCIS XAVIER BUSHMAN (1883-1966) had a beautiful physique which, combined with his handsome looks, propelled him to stardom in pre-20s silents. Known as "the handsomest man in the world" and the first film actor to be called "King of the Movies", he starred in 115 silent films between 1911 and 1914. Bushman made more than a million dollars a year during the silent era, but lost his fortune in the Crash of 1929. After 1930, he appeared in feature films sporadically, but became a star of radio soap operas. Bushman, who later appeared in David and Bathsheba (1951), Sabrina (1954), The Story of Mankind (1957) and Twelve to the Moon (1960), made his last film, The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, in 1966, the year of his death. Norma was Bushman's third wife, the former NORMA EMILY ATKINS, who died in 1956. WES BALERIA was likely an autograph collector, as we have found reference to a letter sending an autograph and photograph to him from boxer Gene Tunney in 1948, the year Bushman wrote this letter. Two items.
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