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MARIAN McPARTLAND - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/16/1992 - HFSID 270568

Letter from the late jazz pianist to actress Phyllis Diller, signed, "Keep me on your list (the good one)." Autograph Letter signed: "Marian/McPartland/XX", 1 page, inside of card folded to 4¼x5½. No place, 1992 February 16. To actress/comedienne Phyllis Diller.

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Condition: Fine condition
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MARIAN McPARTLAND
Letter from the late jazz pianist to actress Phyllis Diller, signed, "Keep me on your list (the good one)."
Autograph Letter signed: "Marian/McPartland/XX", 1 page, inside of card folded to 4¼x5½. No place, 1992 February 16. To actress/comedienne Phyllis Diller. In full: "It's great to get cards from you!! Please keep me on your list (the good one). Love/[drawn musical note]." English jazz pianist MARIAN McPARTLAND (1918-2013), née Turner, met and married Chicago cornetist Jimmy McPartland while they were entertaining troops during World War II. After recording many albums on other labels, Marian McPartland founded her own record company, Halcyon Records. She is also a successful composer, with songs performed by the likes of Tony Bennett and Peggy Lee. Up until her death in 2013, she hosted Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on public radio. 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). Fine condition.

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