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JANE WYATT - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/03/1994 - HFSID 270513

JANE WYATT Wyatt writes a "thank you" to Phyllis Diller Autograph Letter Signed: "Jane Wyatt Ward", 2 pages, 8½x5½, front and verso. Los Angeles, California, 1994 March 3. On sheet imprinted with her address to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller.

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Condition: lightly creased, slightly soiled, otherwise fine condition
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JANE WYATT
Wyatt writes a "thank you" to Phyllis Diller
Autograph Letter Signed: "Jane Wyatt Ward", 2 pages, 8½x5½, front and verso. Los Angeles, California, 1994 March 3. On sheet imprinted with her address to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. Begins: "Dear Phyllis". In full: "How adorable of you to have sent me that photo! I usually look so awful & feel that I was really lucky this time. The name of the fellow in the Drama Dep't at UCLA is: David Rodes (310) 476-0074 1404 No. Kenter Ave L.A. 90049 I hope you've had a smashing success in Reno - as always - Thanks again". Handwritten postscript: "P.S. I had this addressed to Harrah's but decided it might be safer to send it to Rockingham Ave." Stage, screen and television actress JANE WYATT (1910-2006) had an established film career dating back to the 1930s (Lost Horizon, 1937; Boomerang, 1947). She is best known, however, for her role as the popular wife and mother on TV's Father Knows Best (1954-1962), for which she won three Emmy Awards. Wyatt's later roles included Spock's mother on the Star Trek TV series and in the feature film, Star Trek IV (1986). Wyatt was married to Edgar Bethune Ward from 1935 until his death in 2000 (one day before their 65th wedding anniversary); the couple had two children. Comedienne PHYLLIS DILLER (1917-2012), known for her outrageous appearance, zany outfits, distinctive laugh and a stand-up act that featured frequent references to her fictional husband, "Fang", and zingers about her sex appeal and numerous plastic surgeries, got her big break in March 1955 (at age 37), when she debuted at San Francisco's Purple Onion club. A subsequent appearance on The Tonight Show hosted by Jack Paar launched her national career, which got a big boost after Bob Hope saw Diller in a Washington, D.C. club. A favorite of the comedian, Diller would appear in three of Hope's films and 23 of his TV specials. Diller, who recorded her first comedy record album in 1959, took her groundbreaking "funny hausfrau" act to nightclubs and television variety shows and specials and she also appeared on the big screen. Her feature film credits include Splendor in the Grass (1961), The Fat Spy (1966), Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! (1966), The Sunshine Boys (1975) and The Silence of the Hams (1994), and she provided the voice of the Queen in A Bug's Life (1998). By 2000, the comedienne, who had trained as a concert pianist before her marriage (1939-1965) to Sherwood Anderson Diller, had appeared as a piano soloist with 100 symphony orchestras across the U.S. Despite retiring from nightclub/stage tours in May 2002 at the age of 84, Diller continued to make films (Motorcross Kids, 2004; Forget About It, 2005) and occasionally appear on TV programs, including two episodes of 7th Heaven (2002, 2003) and a guest shot on The Wayne Brady Show (2004). Lightly creased. Mid-vertical fold at the first "t" in Wyatt. Slightly soiled. "Jane Wyatt" written (unknown hand) in ink at lower margin on verso. Fine condition.


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