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    Bruce Lee Handwritten Letter Signed "Bruce" Written to Bob Baker Talking About Lee Taking a Loan from Baker and the Feeling of His "Energy Being Suppressed" While He Was on the Precipice of Superstardom. Written by Lee to friend, confidante, and fellow Fist of Fury actor Robert "Bob" Baker, three-pages, on separate (8.25" x 11"; 210 mm x 279 mm) plain paper leaves. Accompanied by original (9" x 4": 229 mm x 102 mm) transmittal envelope, postmarked from Los Angeles, CA., 23 March 1971, written in Lee's hand, Mr. Bob Baker / 28625 Rochelle Ave. / Hayward, Cal. 94544. Expected folds with minor stains and handling.

    Nineteen-seventy-one was a landmark year in Lee's career advancement. He appeared in four episodes of Stirling Silliphant's TV series Longstreet. Lee then returned to Hong Kong where he was taken off-guard by the Hong Kong success of his previous TV show The Green Hornet, which locals referred to as "The Kato Show." Next, Lee signed a contract to star in two films produced by Golden Harvest Studios. Lee played his first leading role in The Big Boss, which catapulted him to stardom in Asia.

    In this letter, Lee runs through a litany of upcoming opportunities including the never-ending saga of the development of The Silent Flute. Although it's clear that Lee is on the precipice of international stardom, yet again, his finances haven't caught up to his fame yet and Lee expresses his frustration. Lee writes in part: "I feel like my life energy is being suppressed. The hell of it is that I know where I'm at, where I am going, and my 'energy' is in abundance for my craft, but... Life has forced 'what should be' to me at the moment to give me contrast as well as harmony to 'what is to come.'"

    Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA. COA from Heritage Auctions.

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