MARTY ALLEN - AUTOGRAPH NOTE UNSIGNED WITH PHYLLIS DILLER - HFSID 270627
Sale Price $90.00
MARTY ALLEN and PHYLLIS DILLER
Marty Allen sends an autograph letter to Phyllis Diller who writes a note on it.
Autograph Note unsigned, 1 page, 5½x8½. No place, no date. On Allen's personal "Hello Dere!" letterhead. In full: "Century Towers/2220 Ave of the Stars/Los Angeles/90067/Calif/[phone number]". Three notes at bottom, the first in Phyllis Diller's hand: "Paula - Book, pls." Followed by ink note and pencil note in unknown hand(s): "then return this to me" and "DONE". With his distinctive hair and eyeballs, comedian Allen looks as if he has just been electrocuted. With Steve Rossi, he formed a popular comedy team of the 1960s, appearing frequently on Hollywood Palace and The Ed Sullivan Show (Sullivan liked to have them as guests during appearances by The Beatles). MARTY ALLENappeared occasionally in films thereafter, including The Last of the Secret Agents (1966), The Great Waltz (1972) and Cannonball Run II (1984). 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). Frayed top edge. Light corner creases. Otherwise, fine condition.
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