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GRETCHEN WYLER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/05/1993 - HFSID 270574

GRETCHEN WYLER Gretchen Wyler types a letter to Phyllis Diller about receiving her notes about donating to Gretchen's cause. Typed Letter Signed: "G", 1 page, 5½x8½. Studio City, California, 1993 May 5.

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Condition: lightly creased, slightly soiled, otherwise fine condition
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GRETCHEN WYLER
Gretchen Wyler types a letter to Phyllis Diller about receiving her notes about donating to Gretchen's cause.
Typed Letter Signed: "G", 1 page, 5½x8½. Studio City, California, 1993 May 5. On pictorial stationery imprinted with her name to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. Begins: "Hi Phyllis". In full: "Received two notes from your office expressing regrets about donations and/or support signatures for animal-rights legislation. Please know that I don't expect donations from the 'stars' on my list...but somehow I felt they might appreciate being informed about our efforts to ease the suffering of animals. Meanwhile, of course, I shall have your name removed from our mailing list. It was fun seeing you at JoAnne Carson's home. Lookin' good!* Regards". Handwritten postscript: "* And, last night a 'Whoopi'!" Lightly creased with folds, lower horizontal fold at the upper loop of the "G". Fine condition. Accompanied by original mailing envelope, 6½x3¾. 29-cent White House with flag stamp affixed, postmarked Van Nuys, California, May 5, 1993. Addressed (unknown hand) to: "Ms. Phyllis Diller, 163 South Rockingham, Los Angeles CA 90049". Ink note (unknown hand) at left margin: "celeb/Do you detect a/jot of 'pique'". Lightly creased, slightly soiled. In 1991, Wyler founded The Ark Trust, Inc. (an Ark is pictured on this stationery), which presents the annual Genesis Awards for animal protection. In 2002, the organization merged with the Humane Socieity of the United States to become The Humane Society of the United States Hollywood Office. Actress GETCHEN WYLER (born Gretchen Winnecke in 1932) has appeared in a long list of made-for-television movies and TV series, from The NBC Comedy Hour (two episodes in 1956) to Judging Amy, Providence and Chicken Soup for the Soul (all 2000). Her film credits include Private Benjamin (1980) and The Marrying Man (1991). 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). Two items.

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