IRA GERSHWIN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/19/1951 - HFSID 252561
IRA GERSHWIN Ira Gershwin sends an autograph letter giving advice. Autograph Letter Signed: "Ira Gershwin", 1½p, 11x8½. No place, 1951 January 19. To Mr. John A. Fischback, Lemay, Missouri. In full: "And a good 1951 to you too.
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Ira Gershwin sends an autograph letter giving advice.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Ira Gershwin", 1½p, 11x8½. No place, 1951 January 19. To Mr. John A. Fischback, Lemay, Missouri. In full: "And a good 1951 to you too. Tell the disc jockey (but it's really not worth bothering about) that I've never heard of a Miss Renard in connection with 'The Man I Love' or anything else for that matter. Afraid I can't assist you re a possible publisher. I do know you must keep away from the one who asks for a fee. If you're ever in doubt write to the Sony Writer's Protective Association in the R. C. A. Building, Rockefeller Center, N. Y. 20, N. Y. and they'll send you a list of legitimate publishers. Sincerely," Fold creases not near signature. Fine condition. Included addressed mailing envelope 6½x3½: "Mr. John A. Fischbach/Rural Route 11,/Box 256A/Lemay, 23,/Missouri" postmarked Beverly Hills, California, 191 January 20. Fine condition. The first lyricist to win a Pulitzer Prize (1932, Of Thee I Sing), Ira Gershwin (1896-1983) wrote the lyrics to a number of the songs by his older brother, George, including "Liza", beginning in 1924 for the musical Lady Be Good. In 1931, the brothers wrote for their first Hollywood musical, Delicious. After George's death in 1937, Ira worked with a number of other composers, including Jerome Kern (Cover Girl, 1944) and Harold Arlen (the musical remake of A Star is Born, 1954). Nominated for Academy Awards for Best Song in 1937 (Shall We Dance?), 1944 (Cover Girl) and 1954 (A Star is Born), Ira also wrote lyrics or the music score for a number of other feature films, including An American in Paris (1951), The Country Girl (1954) and Funny Face (1957). Two items.
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