JOHNNY CARSON - COLLECTION WITH EUBIE BLAKE, FREDERICK DE CORDOVA - HFSID 295851
Sale Price $765.00
JOHNNY CARSON, FRED DE CORDOVA and EUBIE BLAKE
The Emmy Award winner writes a witty letter to his The Tonight Show producer Fred de Cordova and talks about actor Eubie Blake.
Collection: 1) Autograph letter signed: "Johnny", 1 page, 7¼x7¼. No place, 1978 October 27. On Johnny Carson letterhead written to producer Fred de Cordova. In full: "Dear Fred- Do you realize that in 1910 Eubie Blake was already a star? You are the youngest looking 18 year old I've ever known. There must be something to that sheep extract. Love & Kisses- P.S. Now this is a sweater!" Normal mailing fold. Fine condition. 2) Magazine inscribed and signed: "For my friend, Selwyn/Johnny Carson" in black ink, 8¼x11, 144 pages. Complete May/June 1979 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. One-half-inch tear at top edge. Lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition. 3) Inscribed Photograph signed: "Dear Jeff,/Warm regards/and my very/best wishes,/Fred de Cordova". B/w, 7x9. Paperclip impression at upper left. Lightly creased at corners. Otherwise, fine condition. 4)Inscribed Photograph signed: "To Mrs Frances/Schillinger/from/Eubie Blake/May 19th 1972". B/w, 8x10. Lightly toned, creased and rippled. Pen skipped while signing signature, which is still legible. Light scratches on image (not visible head-on). Tackhead-sized spot of adhesive residue at top edge. Otherwise in fine condition. In 1952, JOHHNY CARSON (1925-2005) made one of his earliest national appearances on The Jack Benny Program. In 1954, while serving as one of the writers on The Red Skelton Show, Carson appeared on the show when Skelton had a minor accident during rehearsal. From May 23, 1954 to September 5, 1954, Carson hosted a prime-time game show, Earn Your Vacation, on CBS, and he appeared briefly in the winter of early 1955 on the CBS Morning Show, filling in for the vacationing Jack Paar. From 1955-1956, Carson hosted two CBS variety shows, first on Thursday nights then on daytime, each called The Johnny Carson Show. On September 30, 1957, Do You Trust Your Wife?, hosted by Carson, premiered on ABC. By July 1958, the show's name was changed to Who Do You Trust? A few months later, Carson was teamed with a new announcer, Ed McMahon. On October 1, 1962, Carson left Who Do You Trust? to succeed Jack Paar as the permanent host of The Tonight Show, bringing McMahon along as his announcer. The immensely popular Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson ran on NBC from October 1, 1962 to May 22, 1992. Carson became a major national celebrity with his celebrity guests and timely comic monologs. He won 6 Emmys and many other awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1992) and the Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award (1993). His farewell show in 1992 was a national event. A graduate of Harvard Law School, FREDERICK DE CORDOVA (1910-2001) preferred to work in the entertainment industry, initially in a variety of theater roles and then in films and TV. He directed 23 films, mostly low budget ones, including the celebrated Ronald Reagan vehicle Bedtime for Bonzo (1951). A prolific director of TV segments, he joined the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson as director and producer from 1970 until Carson's retirement. He seated himself on the set next to Carson's guests, just out of camera view but sometimes addressed by Carson. He earned 5 Emmy Awards as Carson's producer. The son of slaves, EUBIE BLAKE (1883-1983, born James Hubert Blake in Baltimore, Maryland) met musician Noble Sissle in 1915. Together they helped create the Broadway show Shuffle Along, whose cast included Josephine Baker and Paul Robeson.Many of Blake's most famous songs came from Shuffle Along, including I'm Just Wild about Harry and Love Will Find a Way.Blake was a frequent guest onTonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Performing at concerts until he was 99, Blake died five days after his 100th birthday.
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