PAT ROONEY SR. - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/15/1961 - HFSID 76316
PAT ROONEY, SR. He writes to entertainment columnist Louis Sobol about his 81st birthday party Autograph Letter signed: "Pat Rooney Sr", 1 page, 7¼x10½. New York City, 1961 July 15. On letterhead of the Sherman Square Hotel to "Dear Mr. Sobel [Louis Sobol]
Sale Price $378.00
PAT ROONEY, SR.
He writes to entertainment columnist Louis Sobol about his 81st birthday party
Autograph Letter signed: "Pat Rooney Sr", 1 page, 7¼x10½. New York City, 1961 July 15. On letterhead of the Sherman Square Hotel to "Dear Mr. Sobel [Louis Sobol]". In full: "I want to thank you for writing about me in your aritcal [sic] about my 81st Birthday Party at Roseland Dance City. It was so nice of you to think about me. I had a wonderful Party so many Friends and a great many Stars came to the Party. I certainly enjoyed my 81st Birthday. Sorry you were not there to enjoy it with me maybe next time. Again I want to thank you and I hope I can do something for you some time. If so call on me. At 80 I'll still make it. Mrs. Rooney joins me in sending our very best to you always. Sincerely". Singer, dancer and songwriter Pat Rooney, Sr. (1880-1962) called himself Pat Rooney, Jr. until his father, famous Irish singer/dancer Pat Rooney, died. His own son, also named Pat Rooney (b. 1909) and following in his family's musical footsteps, then became Pat Rooney, Jr. The Pat Rooney who signed this card performed in a vaudeville team with his own son, and also appeared on Broadway stages for over half a century, beginning with In Atlantic City (1898) and ending with Guys and Dolls (1950-1953). In the latter hit, he played Sarah Brown's Salvation Army mentor, Arvide Abernathy, singing the sentimental "More I Cannot Wish You" (a song omitted from the film version). Rooney appeared in many musical film shorts of the 1930s. Louis Sobol covered Broadway for the Hearst newspapers. Pencil marks at top edge (unknown hand). Creased with mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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