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RUTA LEE Ruta Lee writes to Phyllis Diller Typed Letter Signed: "Ruta", 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 2000 December 1. On her personal letterhead to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. Begins: "Dearest Phyllis".

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Ruta Lee writes to Phyllis Diller
Typed Letter Signed: "Ruta", 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 2000 December 1. On her personal letterhead to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. Begins: "Dearest Phyllis". In full: "Ho! Ho! Ho! Look what I found while cleaning up my desk, which has not been cleaned in some years as you will see from the enclosed. However..................................I have enjoyed my gown without benefit of your half of the 'big bucks' I paid. It gives me untold delight to be able to say 'Phyllis Diller owes me $250!' I would frame the check and put it under your absolutely wonderful painting but the signature, 'Stephanie Waldron' (while I love her dearly) does not have the same pizzazz as 'Phyllis Diller'. We are not doing our usual Christmas Eve Dinner this year. Instead we are going to Vail and then to Las Hadas. next Christmas Eve for me. Have a wonderful holiday season, my beautiful friend, stay healthy and happy and may the New Year bring us together a little more often than the last did. We both love you and are so happy you are in our lives. Thank you for keeping us in yours! Ruta and Webb too!!" Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Two light paperclip impressions at upper margin. Fine condition. Accompanied by Check filled out and signed: "Stephanie Waldron", 6x2¾. Los Angeles, California, 1997 October 9. Check No. 1505, drawn on the Household Account of Phyllis Diller and Stephanie Waldron at the Bank of America, West Brentwood Branch, payable to Ruta Lee for $250. Not endorsed or cancelled. Lightly creased, light diagonal crease at the "S" of Stephanie. Paperclip impression at upper blank area. Fine condition. With photocopied sheet bearing the photocopied signature: "Phyllis", 1p, 8½x11. No place, no date. To Ruta Lee. Begins: "Dear Miss Prettiness". In full: "Happy Birthday, Merry Xmas, enjoy my half of that delightful gown. Love". This was likely the copy of her original letter retained by Diller, who kept extensive files of her correspondence with celebrities. Lightly creased. Fine condition. In the year she signed this letter, Lee was a guest star on an episode of Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue and appeared as herself on the series, E! Mysteries & Scandals (in an episode on Tyrone Power), and in the made-for-TV movie, Marlene: Inventing Dietrich. She has been married to WEBSTER LOWE, JR. since February 14, 1976. Actress RUTA LEE (born Ruta Mary Kilmonis in Montréal in 1936) has been doing TV comedy, drama and game show guest spots since the early 1950s. From 1974 to 1976, she starred on the daytime quiz show, High Rollers, then hosted by fellow Canadian Alex Trebek (her job was to roll a pair of large dice for the contestants), and she has also appeared as a regular in the TV series 1st & Ten (1984-1990) and Coming of Age (1988-1989). Lee, who made her film debut in 1954, has been seen on the big screen in such films as Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954), Funny Face (1957), Marjorie Morningstar (1958), Bullet for a Badman (1964) and Pretty When You Cry (2001). 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). Three items.

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