GEORGE SCHLATTER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/26/1994 - HFSID 270507
Sale Price $108.00
Schlatter types a letter to a friend and signs in blue ink
Typed Letter Signed: "George", 1 page, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, 1994 January 26. On letterhead of George Schlatter Productions to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller, Los Angeles. Begins: "Dear Phyllis". In full: "Your Ward Mining District Charcoal Kiln card was just the best. I have a whole file of things you have sent me over the years which I do cherish and this becomes another one of my prize pieces of Diller memorabilia. Everyone loved the Viki (sic, Vicki) Lawrence Show. I particularly enjoyed it because it gave me a chance to see you. Definitely one of my favorite pastimes. Much love". In the year he signed this letter, Schlatter produced the TV series, She TV. Producer, director and writer GEORGE SCHLATTER (born in 1932) is not only the founder of the American Comedy Awards, but he has also greatly changed the face of television. The creator and producer of such shows as Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and Real People, he has produced dozens of TV series and specials as well as the first five years of the Grammy Awards. Nominated for some 25 Emmy Awards, Schlatter has won five Emmys as well as numerous other awards and recognition. He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1989. 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). Lightly creased with folds, lower horizontal fold at signature. Light type transference at lower margin, slightly stained at lower right edge. Fine condition.
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