RIP TAYLOR - COLLECTION CIRCA 1977 WITH LEW LEABMAN - HFSID 270861
Sale Price $234.00
RIP TAYLOR and LEW LEABMAN
Rip Taylor writes an autograph letter to Phyllis Diller on the back of a typed letter from Lew Leabman.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Rip xx", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, but Las Vegas, Nevada, no date, but 1977 December 27.To comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. Begins: "Phyllis". In full: "The Club here had to add more tables 2nd Show Sold Out our 900 people - We do good Business!! x love". Written on verso of Typed Letter Signed: "Lew Leabman". Verono, New Jersey, no date. Leabman, a "professional Show Drummer", requests an autographed photograph of Taylor to add to his collection. In a typed postscript, Leabman says he is "considered one of the best reading drummers in the New York and Phila. Areas" and adds, "If you are in need of a young, energetic drummer, I'm ready to go-". Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. "Here" has been overwritten by Taylor. Minor show through of type on verso. Overall, fine condition. Accompanied by original mailing envelope, unsigned, 9½x4¼. 13-cent stamp affixed, postmarked Las Vegas, Nevada, December 27, 1977. Addressed by Taylor to: "Phyllis Diller, 163 - W - Rockingham, W. L.A. - Ca." Envelope, which is imprinted "rip taylor" on front, has Taylor's address label on back flap. Lightly creased. Postal markings touch two words of writing (all legible). Torn open at upper edge, 1½-inch tear at blank right portion of flap. Overall, fine condition. In the year he addressed this envelope, Taylor appeared in two feature films, The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington and Chatterbox, was seen on the TV special, Happy Birthday, Las Vegas, and was a regular in the short-lived series, Wacko (1977).Earlier in his career, Taylor had been a regular on The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show (1968).LEW LEABMAN, a versatile drummer, has backed such stars at Natalie Cole, Maureen McGovern, Dan Aykroyd, Jerry Vale and Bob Hope. He was with the Bob Hardwick Sound Society Orchestra in New York City for 14 years, and can be heard on the CD, Live at the Ritz, on which he played with the Dave Stahl Big Band.Early in his career, Taylor had been a regular on The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show (1968).RIP TAYLOR (1934-2019), a zany actor and comedian who is known as the "King of Confetti" and "Prince of Pandemonium", has headlined in Las Vegas, appeared in plays and musicals, starred in feature and made-for-television films and appeared on television talk shows, game shows, series and variety shows, including Ed Sullivan, Dean Martin, Rowan & Martin's Laugh In and Saturday Night Live. Taylor, who made his film debut in 1964 in I'd Rather Be Rich, has appeared in feature films including The Gong Show Movie (1980), Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), Wayne's World 2 (1993), Indecent Proposal (1993), Private Obsession (1994) and Alex and Emma (2003). His television credits include made-for-TV movies such as The Gossip Columnist (1979), and several TV series, including The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show (1968), The $1.98 Beauty Show (1978-1980) and Down to Earth (1984-1990). Taylor received an Emmy Award nomination in 1994 for his role as Uncle Fester in the animated TV series, The Addams Family. 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). Two items.
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