OCEANA LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN
Dear Rita [Harrison]:
Thanks your nice letter just recd.
The reason I have'nt written you for so long - was waiting to hear from you in reply to my last - remember, you asked my advice regarding your making Show Bus. a career, & I suggested you should discuss it with your Grandad? maybe you forgot about it.
Note your Birthday was April 4th. Wish you a belated Happy Birthday & Many Happy Returns - was surprised to know you left school two years ago - have you decided yet what you are going to do or follow as a career, you'll have to give it serious thought now Rita & make up your mind - if its still Show Bus. you'll have to hurry & get started before its too late, the earlier the better.
Glad to know you enjoyed the 'Empire' show - David Whitfield's a singer is'nt he? I've heard of him but never saw him.
There are only a couple of post card pictures of Malibu & are not too interesting, its not a Town & the cards show only sections of the Beach & Ocean which could be anywhere, thats the reason I did'nt send you any.
Mrs laurel & I are feeling pretty good & join in wishing you & your family all the best & trust alls well & happy.
Our love to your Grandad when you see him again & tell him to drop me a line - he owes me one too.!
Bye dear, good luck & God Bless.
David Whitfield (1925-1980) was a a popular British male vocalist. This operatic-style tenor had a predominately female fan base and racked up a string of hits in the 1950s. He was arguably the most successful UK male singer in the U.S. during the pre-rock years. He was the first British vocalist to earn a Gold Record; the first to have a hit in the Top Ten on the Billboard Hot 100 list; and the first British artist to have a million-seller in America.
STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN
Thanks your nice letter of May 22nd.
It was indeed nice to hear from you & to know you enjoy seeing the old L&H films on TV
Am enclosing you the Post Card you requested me to autogrpah, also a little picture of Mr Hardy & myself which I thought you might like to have as a souvenir.
Thanks again for your kind thought & wishes Michael - much appreciated.
My regards & best wishes always,
RUBBER STAMP - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN
Dear Jimmy [Wiseman]:
Yes, I had a nice visit with Mack Sennett and Jacques Tati, quite interesting. I had never met Tati before, but had heard of his big success in "Mr. Hulot's Holiday" which he received the 'Oscar' for - I later saw this film on TV. here & was terribly disappointed, can't understand why he deserved this award, he most un-funny to me & I don't say that with any form of Professional Jealousy - did you see the film?
Thank you Jimmy for your thoughtfulness in remembering my birthday - much appreciated.
The weather hasn't been too hot here - the temperature is around 70 to 80, so very pleasant.
I don't watch the Jack Paar often now, I got a bit tired of seeing 'Charlie Weaver' character so much, he gets very tiresome after a while and becomes boring to me, in fact there are too many repeat personalities on that show, it looks like a stock Co.
Not much to tell you Jimmy, so all for now.
Enjoyed hearing from you again and to know alls well & happy with you.
My kindest regards & best
On June 25, 1959, Tati wrote a letter to Stan saying, “I am really obliged to recognize that among all the people I have seen - and I saw so many - not one got your sense of humour, and you are the only one who gave me some fun.”
Clifford Arquette (1905–1974) was an actor and comedian, famous for his role as “Charley Weaver.” In 1959, Arquette accepted Jack Paar’s invitation to perform on Paar’s Tonight Show on NBC. Arquette depicted the character of “Charley Weaver, the wild old man from Mount Idy.” He would bring along, and read, a letter from his “Mamma” back home. This characterization proved so popular that Arquette almost never again appeared in public as himself, but nearly always as “Charley Weaver,” complete with his squashed hat, little round glasses, rumpled shirt, broad tie, baggy pants and suspenders.