IRA GERSHWIN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/12/1942 - HFSID 67267
IRA GERSHWIN Ira Gershwin sends a photograph to a collector and a clipped signature of his brother. Autograph Letter Signed: "Ira Gershwin", 1p, 6x7¼. Beverly Hills, California, 1942 May 12. To "Dear Mr.
Sale Price $1,860.00
Ira Gershwin sends a photograph to a collector and a clipped signature of his brother.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Ira Gershwin", 1p, 6x7¼. Beverly Hills, California, 1942 May 12. To "Dear Mr. Botsford," In full: "Here are the photographs you requested [not present]. I am able also to present you with an actual signature of my brother clipped from an old back check [not present]. You can, of course, paste this either on a card or on the photograph." 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). Upper right corner missing. Stray ink marks at lower right. Fine condition.
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