IRA GERSHWIN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/07/1956 - HFSID 252560
IRA GERSHWIN Ira Gershwin sends an autograph letter with his phone number and his new address. Autograph Letter Signed: "Ira Gershwin", 1p, 8x6½ letterhead. Beverly Hills, California, 1956 September 7. To Mr. John A. Fischback, Phoenix, Arizona.
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Ira Gershwin sends an autograph letter with his phone number and his new address.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Ira Gershwin", 1p, 8x6½ letterhead. Beverly Hills, California, 1956 September 7. To Mr. John A. Fischback, Phoenix, Arizona. In full: "No, I haven't done any film or show work in a couple of years - have been busy with other matter. Fine with me if you and Mrs. Fischback wish to hop in 'for a few minutes to say hello.' The telephone # remains the same: Crestview 1-2824 but please note that we are living at a new address, the one above. (we're rebuilding the Roxbury Drive house and it'll take 6 or 7 months before we're able to move back.) meanwhile, all's well. With best wishes," Fold crease not near signature. Fine condition. Included addressed mailing envelope 6¼x4¼: "Mr. John A. Fischbach/4005 North Six Street/Phoenix, Arizona" postmarked Los Angeles, California, 1956 September 8. 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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