IRVING MANSFIELD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 31752
Sale Price $102.00
He signs a typed letter from the Savoy Hotel, London, to entertainment columnist Louis Sobol, explaining that he misses the delis of New York City.
Typed Letter signed: "Irving Mansfield", 6¼ x 7¾. London, undated. On letterhead of the Savoy Hotel to Louis Sobol. In full: "A whole gang of us were stomping around the Savoy this afternoon and we thought of the idea of knocking off some en masse greetings to you. London is a great city but we'd give anything for a fast hot pastrami sandwich or a bowl of Lindys or Daves borscht. I might mention that Hannen Swaffer has really gone Hollywood and is now wearing a clean collar. Cheerio. [signature] If you quote any of these letters, don't use any of Mort Downey's verbatim ... [ellipses in original] There's a line in it that isn't quite nice." TV producer and publicist Irving Mansfield (1908-1988) was married for 35 years to author Jacqueline Susann, and spent much of his career publicizing her novels and producing the film versions. The marriage worked despite Susann's many infidelities; Mansfield was adept at generating good publicity for her and her books. Susann died in 1974; Irving co-authored a memoir, Life with Jackie, in 1983. Mansfield didn't rely entirely on his wife for his success. He produced several other TV shows for CBS beginning in the late 1940s, including Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, and the Morey Amsterdam and Frank Sinatra shows. Louis Sobol was a veteran New York entertainment columnist. It was characteristic of Mansfield the publicist to send him a friendly note with some useful tidbits for his column. Soiled and toned. Creased at upper and lower left edge. Ink from signature bled through to verso. Good condition.
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