JUNE HAVER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/25/1998 - HFSID 270210
Sale Price $180.00
She writes a thank-you note to Phyllis Diller in 1998
Autograph Letter Signed: "Junie", 1 page, 6¼x4¼. No place, 1998 March 17. On red-bordered card imprinted with her name to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. Begins: "Hi, Little Friend". In full: "So how is Leonard? Didn't we have fun - Your lovely dinner - Cards - and of, course, the presence of Killer Kat!!! I'm free to attend the Paar Party May 3rd. Sounds great. I look forward to a fun evening. Cheers!" Starring film roles for JUNE HAVER (1926-2005), born June Stovenour, formerly a band singer, included Irish Eyes Are Smiling (1944), Three Little Girls in Blue (1946) and The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady (1950). After a divorce and the death of a fiancé, Haver announced her intention to become a nun, but she soon emerged from the convent and married actor Fred MacMurray in 1954. She then retired from performing. MacMurray died in 1991. 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). Light postal impressions on verso (no show-through). Fine condition.
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