MAURICE CHEVALIER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/07/1964 - HFSID 251705
MAURICE CHEVALIER The actor and singer wrote this letter in 1964 to thank Ken Murray for a show that touched him deeply. Accompanied by original envelope, addressed in Chevalier's hand Autograph Letter signed "Maurice Chevalier", in blue ink, 1p, 7¼x10½.
Sale Price $270.00
MAURICE CHEVALIER The actor and singer wrote this letter in 1964 to thank Ken Murray for a show that touched him deeply. Accompanied by original envelope, addressed in Chevalier's hand Autograph Letter signed "Maurice Chevalier", in blue ink, 1p, 7¼x10½. On stationery of Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. 1964 February 7. To "Dear Ken Murray". In full: "To see those two hours of a great Hollywood past, in your home the other night, made me softly cry, and not because I was sad… or regretting my youth.. no.. I cried because you made all those immortals live again in my love and admiration, as if I was still among them… Just remembering. Wonderful job you made, Ken, and you deserve the thanks of all of us. Leaving tonight for Rome." Accompanied by: Original mailing envelope, addressed in Chevalier's hand in blue ink on Beverly Wilshire Hot stationery. Postmarked Beverly Hills, California, Feb. 7, 1964. Addressed to Ken Murray, Beverly Hills, California. Chevalier's sole movie credit in 1964 was a starring role in I'd Rather Be Rich. KEN MURRAY (1903-1988, born in New York City) was an actor and vaudeville entertainer who hosted a TV variety show on CBS, The Ken Murray Show (1950-1953), as well as the TV series Where Were You? (1954-1957). During World War II, he hosted another variety show, Ken Murray's Blackouts, in Los Angeles. This show featured risqué humor, starlets, music and novelty acts; it ran for seven years and 3,844 appearances. In the late 1920s he began filming home movies of Hollywood personalities; these have great documentary value today. Legendary French entertainer MAURICE CHEVALIER (1888-1972, born Maurice Auguste Chevalier in Paris, France), was nominated for Best Actor Academy Awards in 1929-1930 for The Big Pond and The Love Parade. He won an Honorary Oscar in 1958 "for his contributions to the world of entertainment for more than half a century". Over his long career, Chevalier appeared in a number of feature films, including The Merry Widow (1934), Folies Bergère de Paris (1935), Gigi (1958), Pepe (1960), Can-Can (1960), Fanny (1961), In Search of the Castaways (1962) and I'd Rather Be Rich (1964). Chevalier was also a singer. Known as "the French Al Jolson", he often sang in his movies. Classic Chevalier songs include movie songs You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me from Big Pond (1930), Mimi and Isn't It Romantic from Love Me Tonight (1932) and Thank Heaven for Little Girls and I Remember It Well from Gigi (1958). Envelope: Lightly stained and creased. Torn open at right edge. Normal postal stamps. Otherwise, fine condition. Letter: Lightly stained and creased. Show-through from adhesive residue on verso touches letter but not signature. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise, fine condition.
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