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ROBERT DANIEL LEVITT - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/05/1951 - HFSID 85561

Handwritten letter from the ill-fated newspaper journalist and husband to Ethel Merman, thanking a friend for mentioning him in an article, and being sensitive to recent personal issues.

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ROBERT D. LEVITT
Handwritten letter from the ill-fated newspaper journalist and husband to Ethel Merman, thanking a friend for mentioning him in an article, and being sensitive to recent personal issues. Written one year before their divorce, the personal issues mentioned is surely his dissolving marriage with the actress. Extremely rare!
Autograph letter signed: "Bob", in blue ink, 1 page, 7¼x10½. December 5, 1951. In full: "Dear Louis - Many thanks for the item in yesterday's column. It was flattering to me as well as a nice plug for the American Weekly. I want you to know, too, that I deeply appreciate the graciousness and consideration of your professional attitude towards incidents in my personal life. Even though I seem to be cinematically persona non grata, you have given me much evidence of you friendship and I value it highly. Sincerely". Author and journalist Robert D. Levitt (1911-1958) worked as a promotion director, staff writer, and later publisher for the Journal-American Weekly, but was best known for his 11 year marriage to actress and singer Ethel Merman. Meeting Ethel while both were still married to separate partners, they had an affair for a short time before both divorces were finalized, marrying in 1941 after Ethel became pregnant with their first child. Their marriage was successful for several years before they had a brief split, reuniting again around 1944, with their second child being born a year later. Ultimately, the couple split in 1952 after growing distant and Levitt suffered a number of career failures. He married two times after Merman, and commit suicide on January 27, 1958, reportedly purposely on the birthday of former boss William Randolph Hearst, Jr., who had fired him towards the end of his marriage with Merman. Normal mailing folds. Light surface creases. Toned. Pencil markings on top margin. Corners slightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.

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