STEVE BLUESTEIN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/02/1980 - HFSID 270542
Sale Price $108.00
ALS: "Steve/Bluestein.", 2 pages, 5x7¼, conjoining leaves. No place, 1980 September 2. To comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. Begins: "Dear Phyllis". In full: "Saw you last night on the Tonight Show - you were wonderful. I laughed myself silly. Didn't know you liked funny post cards. You may start expecting them from me. Phyllis, I have this wonderfully funny idea. I would like to take you to Westwood on a date.....dressed as the nun......I'll dress as a Hasidic rabbi. The look on people's faces would be worth the effort. That's all for now! I love you." Handwritten postscript: "P.S. I'm serious about the Westwood date. I love stuff like that." Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Light paperclip impression and rust stain at upper margin of first page touches one letter of writing. Fine condition. Accompanied by original mailing envelope signed: "Bluestein" in return address, 5½x4. 15-cent stamp affixed, postmarked Van Nuys, California, September 2, 1980.Addressed by Bluestein to: "Phyllis Diller, 163 S. Rockingham Ave., L.A., Cal. 90049". Slightly creased. Two words of four-line return address at postmark. Fine condition. With photocopy of Diller's reply, unsigned, 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1980 September 5. On pictorial letterhead imprinted with her name to "Dear Steve". In full: "Your idea about the nun and the rabbi is wonderful! We MUST do it. I have sent your letter to my publicist, Frank Liberman and as soon as we can we will implement it. Don't hold your breath, though. I've left for a tour of Bermuda and the Southwest and will be back for a facelift in December which makes us available for your 'stunt' in January. You know how fast time passes. It's really tomorrow. I'll see you then and in the meantime, stay well and...make Mary LOVE". Stand-up comedian STEVE BLUESTEIN, who was a writer for The Brady Bunch Hour (1977), has appeared in comedy clubs in the Los Angeles area and Las Vegas, and he has shared his comedic talents on such radio shows as The Bob & Tom Show. Bluestein was seen in two feature films, Cracking Up (1977) and Rabbit Test (1978), as well as the made-for-TV movie, Perfect Gentlemen. While we could find no information on whether or not the two comics pulled off the stunt mentioned in this letter, both Bluestein and Diller can be heard on the five disc compilation, The World's Greatest Stand-Up Comedy Collection, which features performances from the Norm Crosby-hosted TV series, The Comedy Shop, which ran from 1978-1983 (Diller is on disk one; Bluestein is on disk 2). 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). Lightly creased. Light paperclip impression and stain at upper margin. Overall, fine condition. Three items.
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