PHYLLIS DILLER - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 09/12/1980 CO-SIGNED BY: WARD GRANT - HFSID 270561
PHYLLIS DILLER and WARD GRANT Diller thanks Bob Hope and his agent for sending pictures. Autograph Note signed: "PD", 1 page, 5x4¼ inside a folded Thank You card. No place, no date. In full: [Thank you] "for the terrific pictures - I'm running out of walls! Love". Fine condition.
Sale Price $252.00
PHYLLIS DILLER and WARD GRANT
Diller thanks Bob Hope and his agent for sending pictures.
Autograph Note signed: "PD", 1 page, 5x4¼ inside a folded Thank You card. No place, no date. In full: [Thank you] "for the terrific pictures - I'm running out of walls! Love". Fine condition. Accompanied by Typed Note signed "Ward", 5½x4¼. No place, 1980 September 12. On personal letterhead to Phyllis. In full: "Compliments from Bob! Love from me!". Paperclip stains and impression at top. Otherwise, fine condition. 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). Ward GRANT (1931-2007) was Bob Hope's longtime publicist and close friend. Two items.
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