MIRIAM (MRS. JACK) PAAR - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/07/1981 - HFSID 270290
MIRIAM PAAR (MRS. JACK PAAR). ALS: "Miriam (& Jack)/Paar" by Miriam Paar, 2p, 7¼x10½, separate sheets. New Canaan, Connecticut, 1981 April 7. On her monogrammed stationery to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. Begins: "Dear Phyllis:
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MIRIAM PAAR (MRS. JACK PAAR). ALS: "Miriam (& Jack)/Paar" by Miriam Paar, 2p, 7¼x10½, separate sheets. New Canaan, Connecticut, 1981 April 7. On her monogrammed stationery to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. Begins: "Dear Phyllis:". In full: "This is not a 'get well' wish because we know you are well and I cannot imagine that you are or can be more attractive 'after the event'! However, hopefully you are pleased and I'm dying to hear from you for the obvious reasons!! I, so very much enjoyed meeting and visiting with your friend from Ohio. What a splendid person she is -- You are so fortunate! Jack and I regret having passed up the opportunity of a good visit with you after the taping of 'Act I' pilot. The truth is that Johnny Winters treated Jack so badly that Jack could not face him after the show. He most wanted to have a good time with you. Maybe we can meet again somewhere soon and have a discussion of this - more importantly, just a good time. Why don't you come here during your vacation and enjoy the [illegible] and plain life with the Paars and their dogs - We Love You". Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Light paper clip impression and rust stain at upper margin of first page. Fine condition. Accompanied by original mailing envelope, 7½x4. 15-cent Oliver Wendell Holmes and 3-cent To Cast a Ballot stamps affixed, postmarked Westchester, New York, April 7, 1981. Addressed by Mrs. Paar to: "Phyllis Diller, 163 So. Rockingham Ave, Los Angeles, Calif. 90049". Embossed "Long Barn/Lost District/New Canaan Connecticut 06840" return address on flap on verso, which has light paper clip rust stain at upper right blank margin. Lightly creased. Slightly soiled, postal ink blot at upper left margin. Fine condition. This letter likely refers to one of Diller's numerous plastic surgeries. Johnny Winters is comedian JONATHAN WINTERS, who had first appeared on Jack Paar's show in 1960. We could find no reference to the pilot mentioned in the letter. MIRIAM PAAR, the former Miriam Wagner, was Jack Paar's second wife. The couple, who were married from 1943 until his death on January 27, 2004, had one daughter, Randy. Jack Paar had begun hosting The Tonight Show in 1957. Renamed The Jack Paar Show in 1958, it became The Jack Paar Program in 1962 (1962-1965). 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). Two items.
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