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JOANNE (MRS. JOHNNY) CARSON - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED - HFSID 270166

JOANNE CARSON Second wife of TV late-night legend Johnny Carson pens a note to comedienne / actress Phyllis Diller regarding being awarded her PhD in nutrition! Autograph Note Signed: "love/Joanne", 1p, 7¼x7½. No place, but Los Angeles, no date, but circa October 1981.

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JOANNE CARSON
Second wife of TV late-night legend Johnny Carson pens a note to comedienne / actress Phyllis Diller regarding being awarded her PhD in nutrition!
Autograph Note Signed: "love/Joanne", 1p, 7¼x7½. No place, but Los Angeles, no date, but circa October 1981. On sheet imprinted with her name to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. Begins: "Phyllis dear....." In full: "at least I know youll (sic) be proud of me....." Lightly creased. Fine condition. Accompanied by folder containing a photocopied typed letter bearing the photocopied signature of "Linden G Leavitt" as Vice President, 1p, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, 1981 October 20. On letterhead of International College to Joanne Carson, Los Angeles. Begins: "Dear Dr. Carson". In full: "I am pleased to inform you that upon the recommendation of the Graduation Review Committee and your Tutor, Dr. Raymond F. Peat, you have been awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Judging from the evaluation of your work by Dr. Peat and your doctoral committee, including Dr. David Bresler, you have made a unique contribution to the field of nutritional counseling. The Officers of International College join me in extending to you congratulations upon your excellent academic achievement." Slightly creased. Minor pinpoint-size stain at lower right edge. With photocopied typed letter bearing the photocopied signature of "David E. Bresler" as Ph.D., 1p, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, 1981 October 20. On letterhead of Bresler Center for Allied Therapeutics to Graduating Review Committee, International College, Los Angeles, California. In part: "I have reviewed Joanne Carson's dissertation and found it to be an innovative and exciting approach toward a new understanding of the mind-body interaction. It is obvious that she has worked long and hard on this project and the results can be quickly observed simply by talking with her for a moment or two. Joanne has a major contribution to make to the field of holistic health both through her work in the media and through her contact with the clients she counsels. I can personally attest that she is especially effective as a therapist's therapist...." Lightly creased. Black marks from photocopying at lower margin. And photocopied two-page typed International College Tutor Evaluation and page relating to Carson's dissertation (bearing the photocopied signatures of Raymond F. Peat, Ph.D. as Tutor, Charles P. Curcuruto, D.C. and Donald E. Bain, D.C.) The page was originally signed on October 12-14. Lightly creased, signature of Curcuruto is barely visible. All supporting documents are presented between clear plastic covers with white plastic spine bar. Former Pan American stewardess and actress JOANNE CARSON (1932-2015) was the second wife (1963-1972) of TV late-night legend Johnny Carson. Introduced to Carson by her father, Joanne received nearly half a million dollars in cash and art - as well as $100,000 annual alimony for life - after the couple's protracted divorce. Joanne, who was a founding member of Actors and Others for Animals, had appeared on the TV game show, Video Village, before her marriage to Carson. After their divorce, she earned a PH.D. in nutrition. On August 25, 1984, writer Truman Capote died in her home, reportedly in her arms, from a drug overdose. 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 (Motocross 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). Five items.

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