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KEENAN WYNN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/23/1942 - HFSID 46968

THE ACTOR, STRAPPED FOR CASH, WRITES ABOUT SELLING STOCKS OR BONDS FROM HIS MOTHER'S ESTATE AND SUBLETTING HIS NEW YORK APARTMENT SHORTLY BEFORE MAKING HIS FILM DEBUT IN A CLARK GABLE FILM, SOMEWHERE I'LL FIND YOU

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THE ACTOR, STRAPPED FOR CASH, WRITES ABOUT SELLING STOCKS OR BONDS FROM HIS MOTHER'S ESTATE AND SUBLETTING HIS NEW YORK APARTMENT SHORTLY BEFORE MAKING HIS FILM DEBUT IN A CLARK GABLE FILM, SOMEWHERE I'LL FIND YOU
 
KEENAN WYNN.
TLS: "Keenan", 1p, 7¼x10½. No place, 1942 April 23. To Mr. Sidney Fleisher, New York City. In full: "How are you? Sorry I have not written sooner but I have been very busy getting settled in our house. I have been off salary until this week when I start a part in the Gable picture, so consequently Evie and I are pretty strapped and we are convinced that it is necessary to sell something in the way of stocks or bonds from my mother's estate. I have debts amounting to $2500.00, so you can use your own judgment about what to sell. If you need power of attorney in order to get into the vault, have Mary send me whatever forms I should sign and I will execute them and return to you immediately. What about the cash which was supposed to have been available, and when do I get it. Needless to say I am anxiously waiting for same. I am also enclosing bill from Peacock Memorial. Have Mary pay it after ascertaining that the memorial has been put up. Regarding the apartment - what have you done about subletting it. Are the ads still in the New York Times. If it is more than $2.00 a Sunday I think we better advertise just once a month. Any decent offer will of course be accepted. Evie and the baby are fine and she sends her love. Please let me hear from you soon." At the time of this letter, Wynn was married to his first wife, EVE LYNN ABBOTT, a former actress who had toured with Katherine Cornell. She left her career upon her marriage to Wynn (September 1938-January 1947), and the couple would have two children, NED WYNN, born on April 27, 1941 (the baby mentioned in this letter), and TRACY KEENAN WYNN (born in 1945). Wynn's mother was his father's first wife (1914-1937), HILDA KEENAN. In the year of this letter, Wynn made his film debut in an uncredited role in the Clark Gable vehicle, Somewhere I'll Find You. That year, he also appeared in For Me and My Gal and Northwest Rangers (made while Gable was away at war). Part of a multi-generation acting family that included his father, comedian Ed Wynn, Keenan Wynn (1916-1986) had an acting career that spanned 52 years, with 168 roles in movies and numerous appearances on television. His best-known role was that of Colonel "Bat" Guano in the Cold War satire, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), but Wynn also provided supporting performances in Between Two Women (1944), Easy to Wed (1946), Royal Wedding (1951), Kiss Me Kate (1953), The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956) and Finian's Rainbow (1968). He also appeared in the Disney flicks Herbie Rides Again (1974) and The Shaggy D.A. (1976), as well as on Dallas (1978-1980). Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Receipt stamp at lower right margin, pencil erasures at upper left margin, which has 2 file holes at blank area. Minor stain to right of signature. Slightly soiled at blank areas. Overall, fine condition.

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