Truman, Harry. Typed Letter, Signed
Harry Truman writes to the cabaret singer who inspired Miss Piggy.
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Harry Truman writes to one of the the 20th Century’s most popular and flirtatious performers.
Truman writes in part: “…I am enclosing a photograph for you, as you requested, and am returning your ten dollar check. You don’t need to send a check—all you need to do is to ask for a picture and you will get it…(I) appreciate your wanting it. I hope it will bring you no bad luck!”
Hildegarde was, perhaps, the most famous cabaret singer that ever lived. Liberace acknowledged her influence and Revlon named a lipstick and nail polish shade after her. She wore elegant gowns and long gloves. “Miss Piggy stole the gloves idea from me,” she once said. Eleanor Roosevelt called her the “First Lady of the Supper Clubs.” We wonder what Bess had to say about all this!
The single-name vogue amongst entertainers began with her. She passed away in 2005.
Harry Truman Autograph Signature on Typed Letter, signed “Harry Truman”. Independence, MO: 1 March 1965. Quarto; 1 pg.; envelope. To: Hildegarde.