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MARVA LOUIS SPAULDING - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/06/1944 - HFSID 31761

MARVA LOUIS SPAULDING The glamorous wife and philanthropist writes to friend on June 6, 1944 about the Normandy invasion and her worries for her husband, boxer Joe Louis, who is overseas, signs name in blue ink Typed letter signed: "Marva Louis" in blue ink. 1 page, 5½x8½.

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MARVA LOUIS SPAULDING
The glamorous wife and philanthropist writes to friend on June 6, 1944 about the Normandy invasion and her worries for her husband, boxer Joe Louis, who is overseas, signs name in blue ink
Typed letter signed: "Marva Louis" in blue ink. 1 page, 5½x8½. Written on personal letterhead titled: "Marva Louis/ 'Sophisticated Lady of Song'". June 6, 1944. New York City, New York. Addressed to columnist Mr. Louis Sobol of the N.Y. Journal American. In full: "With the flash of invasion news coming from my radio, naturally, my first concern is for Joe, across the sea. Every prayer that is on my lips is a prayer for all the boys and a speedy end to this terrible conflict. Here at home, my present career is keeping me busy. Because of the nice things that you have said, I am enjoying success. Please accept my heartfelt and sincere thanks for your generous and kind comments. I only hope that as times moves on I will reach my objective and justify the confidence you have indicated. With warmest personal regards, I remain, Sincerely yours". Marva Louis Spaulding (1915-2000) rose to fame when at the age of 17 she married legendary boxer Joe Louis, and as a stylish and talented woman she soon became almost as recognizable as her husband. As a singer she performed around the country with bandleaders such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Kay Kyster in the early and mid-1940s. In 1945, she and Louis divorced, only to remarry again the following year, before divorcing for good in 1949. In the 1950s she married Dr. Albert Lee Spaulding, a South Side Chicago physician and early organizer of African-American sports association; it was during this marriage that she volunteered for and led national and community causes, particularly for the United Negro College Fund of which she served as president of the women's division in 1969. She furthermore served as the vice chairman of the South Side Committee for the March of Dimes in the late 1940s, as well as opened her South Side home to disadvantaged children. Normal mailing folds. Toned. Corners rounded. Light surface creases. Red ink stamp in center. Pencil notes in bottom margin in unknown hand. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.

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