JAMES FRANCIS “JIMMY” DURANTE (February
10, 1893 – January 29, 1980) was an American singer, pianist, comedian and
actor. His distinctive gravelly speech, Lower East Side Manhattan accent, comic
language butchery and prominent nose helped make him one of America’s most
familiar and popular personalities from the 1920s through the 1970s.
Offering a three-piece grouping – two single-page TLSs to Mort Bossack of Flushing, NY, and an inscribed sepia toned photograph to his wife, Barbara.
7 ¼ x 10 ½ December 18, 1954, “I got a big kick out of meeting you and your family – and believe me, I’m sorry I couldn’t give you more time, but as you know those rehearsals are rough – and when we’re rehearsing we don’t have much time for visiting.
“Thanks anyway for taking the time to come see me and for writing me that letter.
“My very best wishes to you and yours for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
5 x 8, January 15, 1957, “Thanks a million for your lovely letter, and gee, I was awfully sorry you couldn’t make it too.
“Maybe next time, when I get to New York, with the help of God, we can get together.
“Thanks again for writing, and my very best wishes to you, the bride, Barbara and Patti…
8 x 10 photograph inscribed “To Barbara, a pleasure believe me, my Best Wishes & Love, Jimmy Durante”
Toning and mailing folds to the letters with mounting remnants on the verso of each. Photograph has some edge creasing, not affecting the image. A wonderful grouping from this iconic entertainer.
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