KRESKIN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/28/1984 - HFSID 270477
Sale Price $180.00
Kreskin sends an autograph letter of thanks to Phyllis Diller for the tickets.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Kreskin", 1 page, 5½x4¼. No place, 1984 July 28. On inside panel of note card imprinted "Thank You/from...Kreskin [facsimile signature]" on front to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. Begins: "Dear Phyllis". In full: "It was a special joy to see you last nite & thank you for the tickets to your extraordinary performance. Barbara & I spent a wonderful evening with you. ESPecially". Fine condition. Accompanied by original envelope, 5¾x4½. Not stamped. Addressed by Kreskin to: "P. Diller". Slightly creased. Light paperclip impression on back flap on verso (no show-through). Fine condition. KRESKIN, born George Joseph Kresge, Jr. in 1935, began his career as a hypnotist and soon became a leading psychic, although he prefers to call himself a "mentalist". The author of over a dozen books on the paranormal, "The Amazing Kreskin" has also hosted two of his own TV series, The Amazing World of Kreskin (1972-1975) and The New Kreskin Show (1975), and made dozens of appearances of television talk shows, including The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, since 1970. He has also been featured on radio programs, and was seen in several feature films, including Horror (2002) and Goodnight, We Love You (2004). Like Diller, Kreskin is an accomplished pianist who has performed at Carnegie Hall and made guest appearances with a number of symphony orchestras. 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). Two items.
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