• Gen. Douglas MacArthur's Wife Thanks Marion Davies, William Randolph Hearst

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    General MacArthur’s Wife Thanks Marion Davies, William Randolph Hearst for Birthday Gifts

    MARION DAVIES (January 3, 1897 – September 22, 1961) was an American film actress, producer, screenwriter and philanthropist. She began a romantic relationship with newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, who eventually began managing her career, including financing her movies, which Hearst promoted heavily in his newspapers.

    JEAN MACARTHUR (December 28, 1898 – January 22, 2000) was the second wife of U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur.

    Very fine three-piece lot, including an ALS, 1 ½ pp, February 1st, 1950, from Mrs. MacArthur to Davies with original cover: “You and Mr. Hearst were so kind to remember the general at his birthday & he did appreciate your thoughtfulness. He is pleased to have in his library the copy of Mr. Hearst’s speeches & I know the pleasure your cuff links will give him. I can’t believe to tell you how I love my beautiful bag. It is so unusual & much admired by everyone. It was so very nice of you to include me in the general’s birthday remembrances & I do thank you.  We send to you & Mr. Hearst every possible good wish…”

    Two very interesting Western Union Telegrams, one thanking Davies and Hearst – “Thanks and heartiest reciprocal greetings to both of you. Signed MacArthur.”  Second telegram, “We will both be so delighted to welcome Princess Pignatelli when she arrives in Tokyo. Warmest regards, Jean MacArthur.”

    The letter is in excellent condition and is on Mrs. MacArthur’s personal stationary. Cover, addressed to Davies, has some cello tape remnants.  One telegram is heavily toned. The other has folds and lighter toning.

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