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    Marilyn Monroe Handwritten Letter. This two-page handwritten letter was written in 1954 by the legendary blonde bombshell, during the period inbetween her breakout role in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and her classic performance in The Seven Year Itch. Her brief marriage to baseball player Joe DiMaggio was already in decline, as was her rate of work due to illnesses (whether real or imagined), her habit of showing up late to the set, and generally being uncooperative with her producers, directors, and fellow actors. Monroe had been scheduled to accompany Bob Hope and William Holden on a USO performance at the U.S. Air Force base in Thule, Greenland; illness forced her to bow out and she was replaced by Anita Ekberg. (It was during this tour that Hope began filming his USO performances and selling them as specials to NBC.) Written to the troops in blue ink on plain white paper, the letter reads in part: "I'm a lot more disappointed than you are that I can't be there with you this New Years [sic]. But the fact is I'm sick and my doctor won't let me go, but as soon as I'm able I'll be there any time you can persuade Secretary Talbot to give me a seat in a plane, to do a show for you, to meet you all and tell you I think you're the best men in the world," and is signed by Monroe in big, bold handwriting. The letter is in Fine condition with light tanning, significant staining along the lower right edges of both pages, two horizontal fold creases, and moderate edge and corner wear. Also included is a typed transcript of the letter (Very Fine, significant staining) and the original envelope with Monroe's name written on it in an unknown hand (Very Fine with light wear). A fantastic item. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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