PETER NERO - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/12/1981 - HFSID 270547
Sale Price $252.00
Nero sends a "Thank you" letter to comedienne and friend Phyllis Diller
Typed Letter Signed: "Peter & Peggy" by Peter Nero, 1 page, 8½x11. Encino, California, 1981 May 12. On pictorial letterhead to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller, Los Angeles, CA. Begins: "Dear Phyllis". In full: "Thank you so much for the picture! Your party was super and we thank you for inviting us. Sorry we could not be at the dinner at the Hilton, but we hope you enjoyed the tongue-in-cheek missive included in your souvenir book. We look forward to seeing you again soon and wish you well. Love". Classical and jazz pianist, composer and conductor PETER NERO (born Bernard Nierow in 1934) has built an impressive career as a Pops conductor, arranger and composer. He has received two Grammy Awards (he was nominated ten times) as well an Emmy Award for his participation in the NBC special, S'Wonderful, S'Marvelous, S'Gershwin. Nero, who has been the Music Director of the Philadelphia-based Philly Pops Orchestra since 1979, has performed throughout the world in some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall in London and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He has recorded 67 albums, including the million-selling Summer of '42, and has been named the world's "Number One Instrumentalist" by "Cashbox" magazine. Nero's early association with RCA Records produced 23 albums in eight years, while his subsequent move to Columbia Records resulted in a million-selling gold single and album. Among Nero's long list of honors are four Honorary Doctorates and the International Society of Performing Arts Presenters Award for "Excellence in the Arts." He is also included on two historic walks of fame - one in Philadelphia and one in Miami. In 1999, he received the prestigious Distinguished Arts Award. We have been unable to find information on Peggy Nero; current sources have Nero's wife's name listed as Rebecca and mention two children. 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. Fine condition.
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