IRA GERSHWIN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/07/1966 - HFSID 55597
IRA GERSHWIN Ira Gershwin sends an autograph letter forwarding a copy of the Citation. Autograph Letter Signed: "Ira", 1p, 8½x10¾. No place, 1966 July 7. To Sam, probably his accountant. In full: "The V. of Md.
Sale Price $620.00
Ira Gershwin sends an autograph letter forwarding a copy of the Citation.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Ira", 1p, 8½x10¾. No place, 1966 July 7. To Sam, probably his accountant. In full: "The V. of Md. has just sent me ^ (unsolicited) 6 copies of the Citation: ('We thought you might like to have this memento of the occasion....'). Laurence tells me you'd like to have one. So, attached with my compliments and affection is a copy for you [not present]. Ever," 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). Fine condition.
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