KAY (MRS. CLARK) GABLE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/05/1981 - HFSID 270510
KAY GABLE (MRS. CLARK GABLE) TLS: "Kay", 1 page, 5¾x7¾. Beverly Hills, California, 1981 January 5. On stationery embossed with her initials to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. Begins: "Dearest Phyllis
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KAY GABLE (MRS. CLARK GABLE)
TLS: "Kay", 1 page, 5¾x7¾. Beverly Hills, California, 1981 January 5. On stationery embossed with her initials to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. Begins: "Dearest Phyllis". In full: "What a great party - your world of friends were glowing. You (sic, your) home is exquisite - lovely antiques - pretty lady - your taste is superb. Chet Hagan and I had a wonderful evening. Thank you very much. Affectiionately". With original typed, stamped mailing envelope. CHET HAGAN was a television producer. Actress KAY WILLIAMS (1917-1983), born Kathleen Williams, became the fifth (and last) wife of Hollywood legend Clark Gable on July 11, 1955. The union, which was her fourth marriage, lasted until Gable's death on November 16, 1960 and produced one son, actor John Clark Gable (born on March 20, 1961, four months after his father's death). Mrs. Gable had previously appeared in a number of films, including Du Barry Was a Lady (1943), Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944), Ziegfeld Follies (1946) and The Actress (1953). 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). Slightly creased. Light paperclip impression at upper margin touches initials. Name written (unknown hand) on verso (no show-through). Fine condition.
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