Hildegarde and Anna Sosenko (Her Manager and Companion) Letters to Joe Laurie. "The Incomparable Hildegarde," as she was often billed, was an international cabaret star who prefigured such flamboyant (and one-name) entertainers as Liberace, Cher and Madonna. This seven-page letter from the legendary entertainer, dated Nov. 17 (probably 1933), written to columnist Joe Laurie, sent from Paris on Hotel d' Iena stationery (which, on page two, changes to Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly London stationery) proclaims, "..I am happy to say I am a tremendous success. Hildegarde in 3 weeks has become the talk of Paris..." She follows by lamenting that the management of the club where she's appearing owes her money and she had been locked out of her hotel room! She has signed "Hildie," and has written her name in full within the letter as well as on the original Hotel d' Iena envelope with its "Republique Francaise" stamp. The lot also features twelve letters from Hildegarde's manager and companion, producer/songwriter/collector Anna Sosenko, as well as copies of a New York Daily News story (May 21, 2001) regarding an auction of Sosenko's estate treasures, and copies of the New York Times July 31, 2005 obituary for Hildegarde (who lived to be 99). By the way -- Liberace took his signature song, "I'll Be Seeing You," from Hildegarde, and was her devoted fan. The letters survive in Very Fine condition.

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