PAULETTE GODDARD - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED - HFSID 36156
Sale Price $252.00
Goddard handwrote and signed this note to Anita Loos reminiscing about their housekeeping adventure in a blank card with a printed image of an old witch house in Salem, Massachusetts.
Autograph Note Signed: "P. G.", 10½x3¼ inside blank card with printed image of an old witch house in Salem, Massachusetts. No place, no date. Addressed to "Anita!". In full: "I prefer hotel living with all the things awec! I thought our housekeeping venture in Dennis fun! But a Dennis adventure. Let's have the works at Saratoge - Even champagne yours for the easy way Let's not fly up to case the place for one day! What if we did do not like it?". Author and screenwriter Anita Loos is perhaps best known for her 1925 novel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which was later made into a silent film (1928), a 1949 Broadway musical and the 1952 film starring Marilyn Monroe. Among her most successful theatrical projects were adaptations of Gigi (1950, filmed in 1958) and Cheri (1957). PAULETTE GODDARD, a former teen Broadway chorus girl, first attracted attention when she was featured reclining on a prop crescent moon in the 1928 Ziegfeld musical, Rio Rita. She 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. Goddard shot to stardom when she was cast by Charlie Chaplin in his 1936 film, Modern Times. She 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. She also later married German writer Enrich Maria Remarque (All Quiet on the Western Front), who was Jewish. Goddard was coaxed out of retirement for a made-for-TV movie, The Snoop Sisters, in 1972. Lightly soiled not near signature. Stamped "From the Estate/of ANITA LOOS" in red ink at upper left on verso. Fine condition.
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