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Signature from the comedian, with the burlesque star signing on the verso
Inscribed signature: "For Iris/from/Fred Allen" and, on verso, "Hello!/Gypsy Rose Lee", 6¼x5¼. Comedian FRED ALLEN (1894-1956) is perhaps best known as a radio personality, starring in his long-running Town Hall Tonight (1934-1941), in which he enjoyed deviating from the script for a wry or satiric ad lib, and later on The Fred Allen Show (1945). He frequently ran overtime, compelling the NBC network to cut him off in mid-sentence, and the plug was also pulled whenever Allen's wit became too biting, usually at the expense of the sponsor, a special-interest group or the network itself. Allen, who wrote most of his own material, was famous for his 1936-1937 season "feud" with fellow comedian Jack Benny. The two comic legends, who greatly admired each other's work, capitalize on the "feud" in the 1941 film, Love Thy Neighbor, and also appeared together in 1945's It's In the Bag. Allen, who had made his film debut in 1926 in Corporal Kate, also starred in several other feature films and was a regular panelist (1955-1956) on the television show What's My Line?. GYPSY ROSE LEE (1914-1970), born Rose Louise Hovick, went by the name Louise when she starred with her sister "Baby June" (later to become actress/dancer June Havoc) on the vaudeville circuit. When Louise was 15, her mother, Rose, volunteered her to replace a stripper at the burlesque house where they were working, and Louise, who later adopted the name Gypsy Rose Lee, found instant success with her routine, which was mostly "tease". She retired from burlesque after eight years to pursue a film career, appearing in such films as Belle of the Yukon (1944) and The Trouble With Angels (1966). In 1957, she published her autobiography, Gypsy, which was adapted into the successful Broadway musical and feature film. Ink notes (unknown hand) at upper margin on both sides of sheet. Mounting remnants at blank right margin on Allen's side and blank Left margin on Lee's side. Lee's side slightly soiled. Rounded upper and lower left corners. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: May 31, 1894 in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died: March 17, 1956 in New York City, New York

Film Credits
1991 Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio (Other), 1984 TV's Funniest Game Show Moments (Other), 1984 The Great Standups (Other), 1970-1976 Happy Days (Other), 1970 The David Frost Show (in person), 1961 The DuPont Show of the Week (Other), 1956 The Christophers (Performer), 1956 Project XX (in person), 1955 I've Got a Secret (in person), 1954 This Is Your Life (in person), 1954 Armstrong Circle Theatre (in person), 1953-1956 What's My Line (in person), 1953 The Jack Benny Program (Performer), 1953 Judge for Yourself (in person), 1953 All Star Revue (Performer), 1952 We're Not Married! (Performer), 1952 Full House (Performer), 1951-1953 All Star Revue (Performer), 1951 Your Show of Shows (in person), 1951 Chesterfield Sound Off Time (in person), 1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (in person), 1950 Screen Snapshots 2856: It Was Only Yesterday (Other), 1948 We, the People (in person), 1948 Behind Your Radio Dial (in person), 1947 Is Everybody Listening (in person), 1945 It's in the Bag! (Performer), 1945 It's in the Bag! (Writer), 1941 The Great American Broadcast (Other), 1940 Love Thy Neighbor (Performer), 1940 Buck Benny Rides Again (in person), 1938 Sally, Irene and Mary (Performer), 1937 The March of Time Volume IV, Issue 5 (in person), 1935 Thanks a Million (Performer), 1935 Thanks a Million (Writer), 1931 Success (Writer), 1930 The Still Alarm (Performer), 1929 The Installment Collector (Performer), 1929 Fred Allen's Prize Playlets (Performer), 1929 Fred Allen's Prize Playlets (Writer), 1929 Faint Heart (Writer)

Theatre Credits
The Solid Gold Cadillac - Performer (November 5, 1953 - March 12, 1955), Ziegfeld Follies of 1934 - Music (January 4, 1934 - June 9, 1934), Three's a Crowd - Performer (October 15, 1930 - June 6, 1931), The Little Show - Performer (April 30, 1929 - March 1930), Polly - Performer (January 8, 1929 - January 19, 1929), Vogues of 1924 - Performer (March 27, 1924 - July 12, 1924), The Passing Show of 1922 - Performer (September 20, 1922 - December 2, 1922)

Born: January 9, 1911 in Seattle, Washington
Died: April 26, 1970 in Los Angeles, California

Film Credits
2008 Pioneers of Television (Other), 2004 Striptease: The Greatest Exotic Dancers of All Time (Other), 1999 E! Mysteries & Scandals (Other), 1998 Gypsy Rose Lee's Home Movies (Other), 1997 American Masters (Other), 1996 Bogart: The Untold Story (Other), 1996 Biography (Other), 1993 Gypsy (Writer), 1975 Brother Can You Spare a Dime (Other), 1969 The Over-the-Hill Gang (Performer), 1969 Della (in person), 1969 Allen Ludden's Gallery (in person), 1968-1969 The Hollywood Squares (in person), 1968 The Steve Allen Show (in person), 1968 The Name of the Game (Performer), 1968 Around the World of Mike Todd (in person), 1967-1969 The Joey Bishop Show (in person), 1967 The Gypsy Rose Lee Show (Performer), 1966 The Trouble with Angels (Performer), 1966 The Phyllis Diller Show (Performer), 1966 Batman (Performer), 1965-1967 Gypsy (in person), 1965 Who Has Seen the Wind (Performer), 1965 The Eamonn Andrews Show (in person), 1964 The Object Is (in person), 1964 Burke's Law (Performer), 1963 The Stripper (Performer), 1963 Fractured Flickers (in person), 1962 Stump the Stars (in person), 1962 Gypsy (Writer), 1961 Here's Hollywood (in person), 1959 You Asked for It (in person), 1959 The Big Party (in person), 1958-1959 The Jack Paar Tonight Show (in person), 1958 Wind Across the Everglades (Performer), 1958 Screaming Mimi (Performer), 1958 Brains & Brawn (in person), 1957 The Arthur Murray Party (in person), 1957 Person to Person (in person), 1957 I've Got a Secret (in person), 1956-1958 The United States Steel Hour (Performer), 1956 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (Performer), 1953 The Name's the Same (in person), 1952 Babes in Bagdad (Performer), 1950-1967 What's My Line (in person), 1945 Doll Face (Writer), 1944 Belle of the Yukon (Performer), 1943 Stage Door Canteen (in person), 1943 Lady of Burlesque (Writer), 1938 Sally, Irene and Mary (Performer), 1938 My Lucky Star (Performer), 1938 Battle of Broadway (Performer), 1937 You Can't Have Everything (Performer), 1937 Ali Baba Goes to Town (Performer)

Theatre Credits
Gypsy - Other (March 27, 2008 - January 11, 2009), Gypsy - Other (May 1, 2003 - May 30, 2004), Gypsy - Other (November 16, 1989 - July 28, 1991), Jerome Robbins' Broadway - Other (February 26, 1989 - September 1, 1990), Gypsy - Other (September 23, 1974 - January 4, 1975), Gypsy - Other (May 21, 1959 - March 25, 1961), #tcbgn#The Naked Genius - Writing#tidbgn#7108#tidend##tcend# - Writing (October 21, 1943 - November 20, 1943), Star and Garter - Performer (June 24, 1942 - December 4, 1943), Du Barry Was a Lady - Performer (December 6, 1939 - December 12, 1940), Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 - Performer (September 14, 1936 - December 19, 1936), Melody - Performer (February 14, 1933 - April 22, 1933), Hot-Cha! - Performer (March 8, 1932 - June 18, 1932)

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