This gem comes from noted Hollywood film actress Marjorie Main (1890-1975), best known for her role as Ma in the Ma and Pa Kettle movies. In 1947, Main was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Ma Kettle in "The Egg and I." Her other screen credits include "A House Divided" (1931), "Stella Dallas" (1937), "Dead End" (1937, as Humphrey Bogart's mother), "The Women" (1939), "The Shepherd of the Hills" (1941, with John Wayne), "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944), "The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap" (1947, with Abbott & Costello), "Summer Stock" (1950, with Judy Garland), "The Long, Long Trailer" (1954, with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz), and "Friendly Persuasion" (1956).
Inside in black fountain pen Main has written: "Dear Mr. Mank: I want to thank you for the boost in your interesting fan magazine, the handkerchief, and the card with your picture. It is gratifying to know what our unseen friends look like. I wish you much Happiness and good cheer for this Christmas and throughout the coming year. Sincerely yours, Marjorie Main. P.S. Did you hear Rudy Vallee's program last Thursday? I played in a dramatic sketch."
Comes with its original mailing envelope hand-addressed by Main, postmarked Los Angeles, Dec. 21, 1939. Everything is in outstanding condition. There's absolutely no doubt as to its authenticity. Buy it and you own the only one in the world.
From the estate of songwriter/author Charles "Chaw" Mank Jr. (1902-1985). Email me for a full listing of the Mank Hollywood estate collection, which contains thousands of vintage autographed photos, letters, sheet music, fan club items, studio publications, etc. My address: firstname.lastname@example.org.