FRED ASTAIRE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/02 - HFSID 255788
Sale Price $405.00
The actor writes to a friend on recent happenings, and mentions that his horse is running the next day at a $35,000 stake
Autograph letter signed: "Fred A.". 2p, 5¾x7¼. Beverly Hills, California, no year, February 2. On his personal imprinted letterhead. To George Penny, Dublin, Ireland. In part: "That was some kind of a rotten day for old Freddie Winter!!! All out of the money? What a way to go! Had a fine easy trip and all is well here...Had a good day at Santa Anita. Caught the Daily Double for a good win $585.00 for a $10.00 ticket. Also another 7/5 Favorite for $50.00. My horse runs tomorrow in a $35,000 stake. She has a chance but there's one in there that figures to be too tough. Maybe others too?? I'm writing to Jack - give him my best...All best to the family and thanks for doing such a helpful & fine job for all of us. Sincerely". Fine condition. With 6x4air mail envelope addressed to: "Mr. George Penny, 32 Kinvara Park, Navan Road, Dublin 7, Ireland" in Astaire's hand. Fred Astaire (1899-1987) began his career touring in the vaudeville circuit with his sister Adele as a dancing partner. After many stage hits, he was given a screen test resulting in the famous verdict: "Can't act. Slightly bald. Can dance a little." In the 1930s, he was paired with Ginger Rogers in ten films and continued to dominate musical films in the 1940s. Astaire was a recipient of a special Academy Awardin 1949 for his contribution to films and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The Towering Inferno in 1974. He died at 88 in 1987. Two items. Fine condition.
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