JON SCOFFIELD - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 270530
JON SCOFFIELD ALS: "J.", 1 page, 8¼x11¾. London, no date. On Jon Scoffield, Ltd. letterhead to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. Begins: "My Dearest Diller". In full: "There are those that are beautiful and those that I adore - some are beyond normal English prose.
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ALS: "J.", 1 page, 8¼x11¾. London, no date. On Jon Scoffield, Ltd. letterhead to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. Begins: "My Dearest Diller". In full: "There are those that are beautiful and those that I adore - some are beyond normal English prose. The stupid fact that by laws of Ancient English Heraldry I am not entitled to any coat of arms is more than overcome by the fact that you and yours dig me. I love you." Best known for producing and directing the British television variety series, This is Tom Jones, JON SCOFFIELD also produced and directed the TV series, Dick Barton: Special Agent (1979). His directing credits also include The Benny Hill Show (1967), the TV series, Rock Follies (1976), the made-for-TV movies, Antony and Cleopatra (1974) and The Dancing Princess (1978), two feature films, Max Wall: Funny Man (1975) and To See Such Fun (1977), and several episodes of the British series Peak Practice (1994, 1999). He was also the producer of the TV series Cliff! (1964), Frank Ifield Sings (1965), All Square (1966) and Who Do You Do (1972) and the executive producer of the series, Valentine Park (1985). 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 with folds, not at signature. Name written (unknown hand) in pencil at upper margin. Light paperclip impressions to right of imprinted name. Fine condition.
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