LAUREL & HARDY (STAN LAUREL) - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/23/1951 - HFSID 254852
Sale Price $850.00
Laurel signed this 1951 letter to Betty Healy, wishing her luck on one of her projects and that she'll be back to work again
Typed letter signed: "as ever -/Laurel", 1 page, 6¾x8, on Stan Laurel's personalized and blue-bordered stationery. Oct. 23, 1951. Addressed to "Betty (Healy)". In full: "My Dear Betty:- Nice to hear from you again. Glad to know you enjoyed your visit to Hollywood & your pleasant trip back home. I am sure the coat thrilled you to death & especially just what you needed. It was certainly nice of your friends. I think your story of Teddy's life has terrific human interest & could be developed into another "Peg O' My Heart" background & feel if it gets into the right hands it would be very successful. I sincerely hope so - you surely & rightfully deserve it, after all the hard years you have put in trying. Will look forward to seeing your picture in the car with all your wild animals. I think the picture we made in France is to be released here in December - they are changing the title, so as soon as I hear, will let you know & when it plays in your Metropolis, you will see Babe & me with a bunch of Wild Foreigners! I hope you will get started again soon Betty, as I knw [sic] how it feels to be inactive, especially with show business in your blood. Glad to tell you I am weighting 144 lbs now & feeling good & can't wait to get going again. Sorry I was'nt [sic] able to see you when you were here to have a good gab fest. However hope to see you next time you get around here. All for now Betty. Take care of yourself & Chin Up. Hello & my best to Wayne". Laurel (1890-1965, born Arthur Stanley Jefferson in Ulverston, Lancashire, England), toured the U.S. in 1910 and 1912 as Charlie Chaplin's understudy. He stayed in America to appear on vaudeville and in several comedy shorts, including one with an accidental pairing with Oliver Hardy (1892-1957), Lucky Dog, in 1918. In 1926, after separate careers, Laurel and Hardy worked together once more for director Hal Roach, who noticed their on-screen chemistry and persuaded them to join forces as a team to make comedies. From 1927-1950, Laurel and Hardy appeared in over 100 movies, including 27 feature films and the 1932 three-reeler, The Music Box, which won an Academy Award for Best Short Subject. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, the comedy legends also toured English music halls as well as continuing to make films. Laurel stopped performing after Hardy's death in 1957, although he appeared in archival appearances in a number of documentaries on comedy legends, including Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy. Betty Healy was the widow of American Vaudeville performer Ted Healy. Stan knew and highly regarded Ted from his early Vaudville days and remained close friends with his widow, Betty, afterward. Comedian Ted Healy (1896-1937) began as a vaudeville performer, becoming so popular that his acts became Broadway reviews. He was assisted by three friends, Moe and Shep Howard and Larry Fine, whom he would poke and kick and otherwise abuse on stage. When Healy starred in his first film musical, Soup to Nuts (1930), he gave supporting roles to these friends. In 1934, the friends went off on their own as the soon to be famous Three Stooges. Lightly creased. Folded in quarters and unfolded. Otherwise, fine condition.
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