JACK OAKIE - TYPED NOTE SIGNED 11/10/1975 - HFSID 259104
JACK OAKIE Oscar-nominated actor Jack Oakie sent this thank you note to fellow actor Joan Crawford on this signed personalized card, thanking her for her birthday wishes add adding, "We'll drink a Pepsi to you with love." Crawford had served on Pepsi's Board of Directors. Accompanied by original mailing envelope.
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Oscar-nominated actor Jack Oakie sent this thank you note to fellow actor Joan Crawford on this signed personalized card, thanking her for her birthday wishes add adding, "We'll drink a Pepsi to you with love." Crawford had served on Pepsi's Board of Directors. Accompanied by original mailing envelope.
Typed note signed "Vickie & Jack" in red ink. 1 page, 5x7¼, on a card from Oakie's personalized stationery. Nov. 10, 1975. In full: "Dear Joan: Many, many thanks for your birthday wishes. We'll drink a Pepsi to you with love." Slight ink transference at upper margin. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Original mailing envelope. 5¼x3¾. Postmarked U. S. Postal Service, California, Nov. 13, 1973. Addressed to Miss Joan Crawford, New York City. Stamp removed from top right corner. Lightly soiled and creased. Neatly cut open at top edge. Otherwise in fine condition. "Vicki" is probably Oakie's second wife Victoria Horne. The two were married from 1950 until Oakie's death in 1978. This note was sent to actress Joan Crawford, who was known for sending congratulatory greetings to her Hollywood contemporaries. Her late fourth husband, Alfred N. Steele, had been President of Pespi and Crawford served as a publicity executive for the company from 1955 to 1973. Crawford and Steele were married from May 10, 1955 until his death on April 6, 1959. Two days after his death, Crawford was elected to Pepsi's Board of Directors to fill his vacancy. Oakie would celebrate his 72nd birthday on Nov. 12. Oakie (1903-1978), born Lewis Delaney Offield, was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award in 1940 for The Great Dictator. (In a famous scene Oakie, as Mussolini, wrestle's Charlie Chaplin's Hitler for control of a large globe) Oakie, who made his professional debut in the chorus of the 1922 George M. Cohan musical Little Nellie Kelly, appeared in several Broadway productions before making his film debut in 1928. The character actor appeared in a long list of feature films, including The Call of the Wild (1935), The Toast of New York (1937), Little Men (1940), When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948), Around the World in 80 Days (1956), The Rat Race (1960) and Lover Come Back (1961). His trademark catchphrase was "It's all in fun!", which he had imprinted on matchbooks that he gave out to friends and fans he met while working for Paramount Studios. Oakie was married twice: to actresses Venita Varden (1936-1938) and Victoria Horne (1950 until his death in 1978). His widow honored the memory of "The World's Oldest Freshman" by writing two books about her husband's life and career, establishing a Jack Oakie scholarship at U.S.C. and giving endowments in his name to the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.
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