LUCIE ARNAZ - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/07/1981 - HFSID 270120
Sale Price $198.00
She signs a handwritten letter thanking Phyllis Diller for a baby gift.
ALS: "XXXX Lucie", 1 page, 7¼x10½. [New York], 1981 April 7. On letterhead imprinted "Lucie [butterfly]" to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. Begins: "Dear Phyllis -". In full: "Love all of your cards from wherever...and the good thoughts that come with them. Sorry about the mix up in thank you's. I got to New York and my sec., Keith had opened several gifts to put away in Simon's new nursery and thought he'd put the right card with each gift but....it happens! The baby quilt is our favorite carriage comforter and the bear that I thanked you for scares him anyway...(who knew)? I love you just the same!" Arnaz had earlier mistakenly thanked Diller for the gift of a bear for her newborn son, Simon. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Light paper clip impression at upper right margin. Fine condition. With original envelope, 7½x4. U.S. "B" postage stamp affixed, postmarked Bronx, New York, April 8, 1981. Addressed by Arnaz to: "Ms. Phyllis Diller, 163 South Rockingham, Los Angeles, 90049, California". On flap on verso, Arnaz has written her return address: "Luckinbill, 271 CPW, NYC 10024". Lightly creased and soiled. Light postal markings touch writing on flap. Light paper clip impression at blank right edge. Overall, fine condition. LUCIE ARNAZ (born Lucie Desiree Arnaz in 1951), the daughter of early TV comedy legends Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, had married her second husband, stage, screen and television actor Laurence Luckinbill, in 1980, the year she appeared in The Jazz Singer as Molly Bell and in the made-for-TV movie, The Mating Season, with Luckinbill. In the year of this letter, Arnaz would appear on The 38th Annual Golden Globes as a nominee for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (The Jazz Singer) and on The 53rd Annual Academy Awards (as a performer in the "Hooray for Hollywood" segment). The couple, who would have three children, welcomed their first son, Simon, on December 9, 1980. Their other children include another son, Joseph, and a daughter, Katharine. Arnaz had previously (1971-1977) been married to actor Phil Vandervort. Lucie had made her television debut (along with her brother, Desi, Jr.) on the last half-hour I Love Lucy episode in 1957. She had bit parts in her mother's subsequent The Lucy Show (beginning in 1963), and played full supporting parts in Here's Lucy (1968-1974). Making her Broadway debut in 1978, Arnaz won the Theatre World Award that year for her performance in They're Playing Our Song. She has also starred in several feature films, including Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1977), in two of her own TV series, The Lucie Arnaz Show (1985) and Sons and Daughters (1991), and in made-for-TV movies, including the acclaimed Who is the Black Dahlia? (1976), and she has made guest appearances on numerous TV shows and series. 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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