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MAURICE CHEVALIER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 251703

MAURICE CHEVALIER Actor and singer Maurice Chevalier wrote this letter to accept a dinner invitation with actor Ken Murray and director and screenwriter Frank Tashlin Autograph Letter signed: "Maurice/Chevalier", in blue ink, 1p, 7¼x10½.

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MAURICE CHEVALIER Actor and singer Maurice Chevalier wrote this letter to accept a dinner invitation with actor Ken Murray and director and screenwriter Frank Tashlin Autograph Letter signed: "Maurice/Chevalier", in blue ink, 1p, 7¼x10½. On stationery of Chateau Marmont in Hollywood, California. "Dear Ken Murray". In full: "I will be very happy indeed to have dinner with you and Frank Tashlin whenever it is convenient. Most Cordially." 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. In the late 1920s he began filming home movies of Hollywood personalities; these have great documentary value today. FRANK TASHLIN (1913-1972, born Francis Fredrick von Taschlein in Weehawken, New Jersey) worked as a director for Leon Schlesinger's cartoon unit at Warner Brothers in the mid 1940s before leaving animation to work as a screenwriter, producer and director. But his time at Warner Brothers took its toll. Tashlin is known for bizarre sight gags thrown in at unexpected times, frenzied pacing and grinding up sacred cows into hamburger, seen to best effect in The Girl Can't Help It (1956) and Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957). Tashlin made a lot of movies for Doris Day, Bob Hope and Jerry Lewis and saw his fortunes decline with their popularity in the 1960s. Legendary French entertainer MAURICE CHEVALIER (1888-1972, born Maurice Auguste Chevalier in Paris, France), was nominated for Best Actor Academy Awards in 1929 and 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). Lightly soiled and creased. Light tear at top edge. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise, fine condition.

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