JIMMY "SCHNOZZOLA" DURANTE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/14/1968 - HFSID 251716
JIMMY DURANTE Jimmy Durante sends a typed letter giving of thanks for the trophy and flowers. Typed Letter signed: "Jimmy", 1p, 6¼x8½. Beverly Hills, California, 1968 February 14. On personal letterhead to Mr. and Mrs. Ken Murray, Beverly Hills, California.
Sale Price $180.00
Jimmy Durante sends a typed letter giving of thanks for the trophy and flowers.
Typed Letter signed: "Jimmy", 1p, 6¼x8½. Beverly Hills, California, 1968 February 14. On personal letterhead to Mr. and Mrs. Ken Murray, Beverly Hills, California. In full: "I sure want you to know I appreciate the trophy and the inscription. Believe me, you didn't have to do it. You just showing up at the party made me feel really great. The flowers were lovely - as a matter of fact that was quite an idea. I liked it. Thanks again. Love and kisses," Fold crease not near signature. Fine condition. Included typed address envelope. Postmarked Beverly Hills, California, 1968 February 15. Fine condition. Jimmy Durante (1893-1980), known to family, friends and fans as "The Schnozzola" because of his Cyrano-sized nose, began his career as a piano player on the Lower East Side of New York City. He and his partners, dancers Eddie Jackson and Lou Clayton, were overnight sensations on vaudeville, and Durante later lent his talents to films, radio and television as well as being a popular performer in nightclubs and on stage. His act included telling jokes, playing the piano and singing in his raspy voice. Two of his most popular songs were "Inka Dinka Doo" and "Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey?" Durante was also well known for his trademark sign off line, "Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are." He often performed without pay, with the proceeds going to the Children's Fund of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Two items.
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