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THE ACTRESS AND PIONEER IN THE FIGHT FOR HEALTHY FOODS WRITES TO PHYLLIS DILLER REGARDING THE HEALTH OF WORLD LEADERS GLORIA SWANSON TLS: "Gloria & Bill" by Swanson, 1 page, 8½x11. New York City, no date. To "Dear Phyllis", comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller.

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TLS: "Gloria & Bill" by Swanson, 1 page, 8½x11. New York City, no date. To "Dear Phyllis", comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. In full: "You are a love and we are beasts not replying to all your valentines. We are in a bottomless pit described as doing 80 years of memoirs. The entire apt looks like a file drawer, You can imagine. We took off in May for Japan for a month for publication of SB there. Thought this Zerox of a spread in Hot Dog Press, a people Mag for juvelines (sic), would rock you. We really made impact and waves there. About to be published finally in London in march (sic) and then finally france (sic). It takes time. But we got five languages publication in India before we hit the Organs of the Empire, as Coward used to say. Also thought you would be amused about the piece from Belgium. We were there a year ago when the new Pope was really new. And I began saying in pblic (sic, public) that people didn't know what hit them. Because this was the first Pope in anybody's lifetime who was HEALTHY. And you kow (sic, know) while here they admitted he eats NO SWEETS. Heretofore, they were all ecclesiatical (sic) taxidermy with a Do Not Touch label on them. It was only the Catholic press that picked it up at first. The people Pope merely points out that the rest of our world leaders are sick sick sick from Breznev to the Shah to Jimmy C and Teddy K to Begin and Golda Myer. Bless you for breathing fire at the icebergs. We love you..." At lower left corner, Swanson has written: "Love to your girls -". Several corrections to text, including two words ("Dog" and "Pope"), in Swanson's hand.Handwritten address and telephone number at upper right margin. Enclosures mentioned not present. Swanson had married her fifth husband, WILLIAM DUFTY (1916-2002) on February 2, 1976. Dufty, a playwright, musician, ghostwriter of approximately 40 books and former reporter and editor for "The New York Post", created a sensation when he produced the English version of George Ohsawa's book, You Are All Sanpaku, which is credited with starting the macrobiotic food movement in the U.S. Dufty and Swanson, pioneers who fought corporations for advertising sugar as nutritious for children, were dismissed as food faddists, but they brought their fight to the U.S. Congress in their later years. Swanson single-handedly brought about the ban on cyclamates, sugar substitutes that were found to cause cancer. Her lobbying of Congressional wives also helped to lift the ban against organic farmers to legally grow and sell brown rice and buckwheat groats (kasha). Dufty, who was an organic chef and did the cooking for Swanson, had enormous success with his book, Sugar Blues, which introduced macrobiotic diets to the mainstream. In the 1920s, GLORIA SWANSON (1897-1983) was one of the reigning queens of the silent screen. She was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress for Sadie Thompson (1928), The Trespasser (1929) and Sunset Boulevard (1950). Swanson left Paramount in 1926 and, bankrolled by Joseph P. Kennedy, produced her own films. She retired in 1934, but made her first comeback in Father Takes a Wife (1941). She then made a picture in Italy in 1956, Mio Figlio Nerone (Nero's Mistress), a failure. Her third comeback was in 1971 on Broadway in Butterflies Are Free. Four years later, she played a passenger aboard a doomed 747 in Airport 75. 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). 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, not at signature. ¾- and ¼-inch tears at blank right edge, ¼-inch tear at lower left edge. Slightly soiled. Overall, fine condition.

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