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HILDEGARDE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 75326

The pianist and singer signed this typed letter explaining what the Catholic Actors Guild of America is to a colleague Typed Letter Signed: "Love/Hildegarde" as Recording Secretary of The Catholic Actors Guild of America, 1p, 8x10. New York, New York, no date.

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HILDEGARDE
The pianist and singer signed this typed letter explaining what the Catholic Actors Guild of America is to a colleague
Typed Letter Signed: "Love/Hildegarde" as Recording Secretary of The Catholic Actors Guild of America, 1p, 8x10. New York, New York, no date. On letterhead of The Catholic Actors Guild of America, Jack O'Brien, President. Salutation in Hildegard's hand to "Judi Bar." In full: "Thank you for your interest in the Catholic Actors Guild of America. The membership of this organization is composed of those actively engaged in the theatrical profession or with an interest in this field. Activities during the year include our annual luncheon held to raise funds for scholarships at professional schools in any phase of the theatre. The funds raised by our Dinner Dance and Gala each November enable us to render assistance to the indigent of our profession. Enclosed is a program of our last luncheon and a copy of our last 'Callboard.' The 'Callboard' is mailed to the membership five times a year. We look forward to receiving your application for membership." Program and newsletter not present. Hildegarde, always a religious woman, became a 3rd order Carmelite nun. In addition to her involvement with The Catholic Actors Guild of America, Hildegard was a founding member of the AFTRA, SAG and Actor's Equity unions. Hildegarde Loretta Sell (1906-2005) was popularly known by her first name only or simply as "The Incomparable Hildegarde". A classically trained pianist who played in vaudeville from 1926, she emerged as a popular singer in the 1930s and 1940s with hits that included "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup" (written by her manager Anna Sosenko), "The Last Time I Saw Paris" and "I'll Be Seeing You". She also had a popular radio program, Hildegarde's Raleigh Room. The international stardom that Hildegarde achieved as a live cabaret singer is unparalleled. She was renowned around the world and, having never married, had many admirers. Some of her many showmanship innovations include wearing sleeves at every performance and going by only her first name. These unique calling cards, as well as her incredible voice and flirtatious manner, broke new ground on the evening club circuit. In 1961, she published her autobiography: Over 50…So What! Slightly soiled. Stray ink mark beneath logo, red pencil mark at upper left blank portion. Otherwise, fine condition.

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