NANETTE FABRAY A letter from the actress to comedienne Phyllis Diller, sending a newspaper clipping, and saying she looks "adorable as always" Autograph letter signed: "Nan", 1 page, 5¾x7¾. No place, 1984 May 24.

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NANETTE FABRAY A letter from the actress to comedienne Phyllis Diller, sending a newspaper clipping, and saying she looks "adorable as always" Autograph letter signed: "Nan", 1 page, 5¾x7¾. No place, 1984 May 24. On sheet imprinted "Nanette Fabray MacDougall" to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. Begins: "Dear Phyllis". In full: "Thought you'd enjoy the enclosed news clip. We made the 'exclusive' Capitol Hill Roll Call paper. You look adorable as always. Whoever thought when we picked up Leo Diehl in the Hay Adams bar, & he kept saying he 'knew  Tip O'Neill' - well, who knew! You did a terrific job as Better Hearing chairman! love". Accompanied by photocopied news clipping, 1p, 11x8½. The page, from "Roll Call - The Newspaper of Capitol Hill, features a photograph captioned: "THAT'S SHOWBIZ: Speaker Tip O'Neill and aide Leo Diehl seem pleased to welcome commedienne (sic) Phyllis Diller and actress Nanette Fabray, on The Hill to promote Better Hearing, Better Speech Month." Fabray was married to her second husband, writer RANALD MacDOUGALL, with whom she had one son, from April 24, 1957 until his death on December 12, 1973. In the year she wrote this letter, Fabray was finishing up her run (1979-1984) as Grandma Katherine Romano on One Day at a Time. The career of NANETTE FABRAY (Ruby Bernadette Nanette Fabares 1920-2018) includes feature films, Broadway and television. Fabray, a veteran of vaudeville, made her feature film debut in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) and gave one of her best performances in 1953's The Band Wagon. Her success on Broadway included a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Love Life (1949), and she was nominated for a Tony in the same category for Mr. President (1963). On the small screen, Fabray had her own sitcom, The Nanette Fabray Show (1961), played Bonnie Franklin's mother in One Day at a Time and won three Emmy Awards after replacing Imogene Coca as Sid Caesar's comedy partner (1954-1955). Fabray, who is the aunt of actress Shelley Fabares, also appeared in a number of made-for-TV movies. 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). Lightly creased. Usual black marks from photocopying. Fine condition. Lightly creased with fold, not at signature. Light paper clip impression at mid-left margin. Fine condition.

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