MICKEY HARGITAY. TLS: "Mickey Hargitay", 1p, 8½x10¾ Yonkers, New York, 1964 June 6. To Mr. Ray Wander, Jr., Los Angeles, California. In full:

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Condition: lightly creased, slightly soiled, otherwise fine condition
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MICKEY HARGITAY. TLS: "Mickey Hargitay", 1p, 8½x10¾ Yonkers, New York, 1964 June 6. To Mr. Ray Wander, Jr., Los Angeles, California. In full: "This will confirm my enthusiasm, willingness and present availability to appear as Eddie in a proposed motion picture based on your original screenplay 'Dreamsville' ('The Losers') with a tentative starting date between November 1st and December 1st, 1964. Following our recent conversations, it is also my understanding that Jane Russell has agreed to appear as Connie in this film. It is, of course, mutually understood that all final contractual agreements for my appearance in this proposed film with be negotiated through my authorized agents and/or legal representatives at our earliest convenience and, hopefully, before Jayne and I leave New York City for our next engagement in Massachusetts. Very truly yours." On August 26, 1964, less than three months after Hargitay signed this letter, he and his wife, actress Jayne Mansfield, were officially divorced. That year, the couple had appeared together in the Italian film, L'Amore Primitivo (Primitive Love). The film mentioned in this letter was never made. In 1965, following the divorce, Hargitay appeared in three Italian films. MICKEY HARGITAY (1926-2006), born Miklos Hargitay in Budapest, became a bodybuilder and won the Mr. Universe title in 1955. He then joined Mae West's stage show, where he was seen by actress JAYNE MANSFIELD (1933-1967). Despite West's efforts to break up the couple, they were married in January 1958. The couple made several films together, including Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1958), The Loves of Hercules (1960, with Hargitay in the title role) and Promises! Promises! (1963). In August 1967, Mansfield died in a car accident en route to a nightclub appearance. In September 1967, Hargitay sued his wife's estate for $275,000 in child support. The couple had three children: two sons and a daughter. Their daughter, Mariska Hargitay (whom actor Nelson Sardelli claimed to have fathered), became an actress. Mickey appeared on her successful TV series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, in 2003. Lightly creased with folds, horizontal fold at signature. Slightly soiled. Overall, fine condition.

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