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HELEN GURLEY BROWN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/03/2001 - HFSID 270154

 
HELEN GURLEY BROWN
She thanks her friend, actress Phyllis Diller for a Christmas Card. Dated in 2001.
Typed letter signed: "Helen" as Editor-in-Chief International Editions, 1 page, 7¼x10½. New York, New York, 2001 January 3. On letterhead of "Cosmopolitan" to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller, Los Angeles, California. Begins: "Phyllis dear". In full: "That is a darling Christmas card...only you would do something so non-cliche and special! I think I tell you every year but my favorite photograph of David (taken on the set of Jaws a hundred years ago) is in the lovely Phyllis silver picture frame on my desk at the office so I'm thinking about you daily if not hourly! Much love from both of us". Brown has underlined Jaws. DAVID BROWN (1916-2010) was the movie producer to whom Helen had been married since September 25, 1959. He produced Jaws in 1975 and Jaws 2 in 1978. The bestselling author of Sex and the Single Girl (1962), HELEN GURLEY BROWN (1922-2012) took the helm of "Cosmopolitan" magazine in 1965 and created the "Cosmo Girl". During her 32-year tenure as Editor in Chief, the magazine introduced the male centerfold and greatly influenced ideas about women's independence and sexual freedom. 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, not at signature. Fine condition.


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HELEN GURLEY BROWN
Born: February 18, 1922 in Green Forest, Arkansas
Died: August 13, 2012 in New York City, New York


Film Credits
2011 Gloria: In Her Own Words (Other), 2010 Jaws: The Inside Story (Other), 2008 Sex: The Revolution (in person), 2006 The Divine Ms. Susann (in person), 2005 The Last Mogul (in person), 2005 Inside Deep Throat (in person), 2005 Først & sist (in person), 2004 The 11th Annual Living Landmarks Gala (in person), 2003 The Brini Maxwell Show (in person), 2003 Beauty in a Jar (in person), 2002 The Truth About Sex and the City (in person), 2002 Cleavage (in person), 2001 The Sports Pages (in person), 2001 Backstory (in person), 2000-2001 Biography (in person), 2000 Life and Times (in person), 1999 Intimate Portrait (in person), 1996 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards (in person), 1993 Vicki! (in person), 1991 The Howard Stern Show (in person), 1984 A View from Cosmo (in person), 1976 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to William Wyler (in person), 1975 Today (in person), 1975 Good Morning America (in person), 1971-1983 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (in person), 1971 The Virginia Graham Show (in person), 1970-1971 The David Frost Show (in person), 1969 Allen Ludden's Gallery (in person), 1967-1969 The Joey Bishop Show (in person), 1967 Girl Talk (in person), 1966-1977 The Merv Griffin Show (in person), 1965-1967 What's My Line (in person), 1964 That Regis Philbin Show (in person), 1964 Sex and the Single Girl (Writer), 1964 Sex and the Single Girl (in person), 1962 Stoney Burke (Performer)


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