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STEVE ALLEN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/11/1986 - HFSID 290765

STEVE ALLEN Thank you letter full of corny jokes, to fellow entertainer Edie Adams for a charity performance. From Adams' personal estate Typed Letter signed: "Steve", 1 page, 8½x11. Van Nuys, California, 1986 December 11. On personal letterhead to Eydie [sic] Adams, Los Angeles.

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STEVE ALLEN
Thank you letter full of corny jokes, to fellow entertainer Edie Adams for a charity performance. From Adams' personal estate
Typed Letter signed: "Steve", 1 page, 8½x11. Van Nuys, California, 1986 December 11. On personal letterhead to Eydie [sic] Adams, Los Angeles. In full: "Nancy and I - wait a minute that's got to be wrong. Oh, yes, Jayne and I thought it was marvelous of you, in this busy holiday season, to contribute your time and talent to help the good-old Salvation Army with the recent kick-off ceremonies at the Farmer's Market. I have personally never seen a farmer at that market but I have little doubt that years ago one or two of them were thrown off the premises on a charge of generally seediness. I'm sure you don't have to be told that the audience loved you. So, for that matter, did one of the timbrel players, but that's none of my business. If the day comes that you stand at the Pearly Gates - remember her? - and you are trying to think of a few good deeds, you can always refer to your cheerful work on behalf of the Salvation Army. I would write a longer thank you letter but I have to rush off right now to a Hawaiian luau where they are introducing a new song of mine called 'This Could Be the Start of Suckling Pig'. All the best to you and yours for the holidays. Sincerely". Breaking into showbiz as a radio disc jockey, the multitalented Steve Allen (1921-2000) learned that inserting humor would draw a lot more attention to himself than merely announcing. In order to supply himself with an endless stream of material, he memorized every joke book and "college humor" magazine that he could get his hands on; the result was his uncanny ability to conjure up precisely the right wisecrack at the right time. Allen received his first network exposure in 1949, and he was also featured in several films, including Down Memory Lane (1949) and I'll Get By (1950). In 1953, Allen was hired to host a local late-night program on New York's WNBC-TV, which later developed into the NBC network's Tonight Show. Allen was also an accomplished composer (he wrote over 7,400 songs, including his signature song This Could Be The Start of Something Big) and piano player, and he filled up his spare time by writing more than 50 books as well as plays and magazine articles. Allen was married to actress Jayne Meadows from 1954 until his death. Both Allen and Meadows were nominated for Emmy Awards for a joint guest appearance on the TV series LA Law, and the couple also appeared together on Allen's memorable PBS miniseries Meeting of Minds. This letter was addressed to Tony-winning singer entertainer Edie Adams (1927-2008), and is from her personal estate. .Multiple mailing folds. Bottom edge lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.

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