PAULETTE GODDARD - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/10/1973 - HFSID 36190
Sale Price $315.00
Goddard handwrote, dated and signed this letter "P." to her friend Anita Loos in 1973. It's about The Perils of Paulette, a biography about Goddard that never materialized. The book was to include a "bit" about Goddard serving a piglet belonging to her third husband Burgess Meredith to Salvador Dali for Thanksgiving.
Autograph letter signed "P." in purple ink. 2 pages, 6¾x8¼, 1 sheet front and verso. Aug. 10, 1973. Addressed to "Dear Anita". In full: "Dear Anita, By your last note I realize that you have not understood that the German publisher has 'already paid' his advance before seeing anything but the title - Hence my concern about my meeting. I can only say, 'hello' to him. He expected to meet with you Aug. 21st. He made the date 'after' paying his advance. All clear? Don't forget the Burgess Meredith bit about his piglet called Leonora or Aida which I served to Salvador Dali for Thanksgiving dinner. Dali was more amused that Burgess was in coma than the fact that he enjoyed the 'Pet Pig' very much -". The salutation "Anita" leads us to believe that this letter was written to Goddard's friend, Anita Loos. Goddard was supposed to write a biography with Loos entitled The Perils of Paulette, but the project fell through. Goddard (1911-1990, born Pauline Marion Goddard Levee in Whitestone Landing, Long Island, New York) was an American actress. A former teen Broadway chorus girl, she first attracted attention when she was featured reclining on a prop crescent moon in the 1928 Ziegfeld musical, Rio Rita. Goddard reportedly made several two-reel comedies for Hal Roach (in a blond wig) before being featured as a "Goldwyn Girl" in Eddie Cantor's film, Kid from Spain, in 1932. She shot to stardom when she was cast by Charlie Chaplin in his 1936 film, Modern Times. Goddard also won Chaplin's heart as well as the role, but there were questions as to whether the two were ever legally married, and her relationship with Chaplin cost her the one role that she truly coveted: Scarlett O'Hara in the 1939 epic, Gone With the Wind. Goddard, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for So Proudly We Hail (1943), also appeared in such films as The Great Dictator (1940) and Reap the Wild Wind (1942) before making her final film, the French/Italian movie Gli Indifferenti (Time of Indifference), in 1964. She was coaxed out of retirement for a made-for-TV movie, The Snoop Sisters, in 1972. Lightly creased. Ink shows through on opposite side. Folded thrice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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