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1929. With Robert Montgomery on the set of 'Untamed.'

 

 

1920s    1930s    1940s    1950s    1960s    1970s

 

Joan is famous for her voluminous correspondence, especially in her later years. Below is a 50-year sampling of letters written

to fans, friends, and the famous from 1926 to a few weeks before her death in 1977. Click on a link to view the letter.

 

See also the separate page on this site for Celebrity Letters to Joan.

 

1920s

Clicking any of the links below will take you to the page for all of the 1920s letters from Joan to Dan Mahony.

 

June 14, 1926to Dan Mahony.  2-page handwritten.

September 1927 to Dan Mahony.  2-page handwritten, plus envelope.

October 1927 to Dan Mahony.  2-page handwritten, plus envelope.

November 1927 to Dan Mahony. 2-page handwritten, plus envelope.

January 1928 to Dan Mahony. 2-page handwritten, plus envelope.

(From the collection of Robert Leininger.)

February 11, 1928, to Dan Mahony. 1-page poem, plus envelope.

March 1928 to Dan Mahony.  3-page handwritten.

April 1928 to Dan Mahony. 4-page handwritten.

April 1928 to Dan Mahony. 1-page handwritten.

June 1928 to Dan Mahony.  2-page handwritten, plus envelope.

July 1928 to Dan Mahony.  2-page handwritten. On Pickfair stationery.

September 1928 to Dan Mahony.  2-page handwritten, plus envelope. 

November 22, 1928, to Dan Mahony.  Handwritten, with "p.s." from Doug Jr.

1929 to Dan Mahony.  3-page handwritten. On "Cielito Lindo" stationery.

Last letter to Dan Mahony.  2-page handwritten. On "JC" stationery.

 

 1928 on the MGM lot with fan mail.

 

 

 


 

1930s

Click on an individual link below, or read the 1930s letters chronologically on these separate pages:

1930 to 1934      1935 to 1939

 

Unknown 1930s to Ginger Rogers. Handwritten.

Unknown 1930s (1932 or earlier) to Clifton Webb. Christmas greeting from Joan and Doug. 

(From the collection of Danny Rentz.)

Unknown 1930s (1931 or 1932) to writer Gertrude Walker.  1-page handwritten.

April 15, 1930, to "Marjorie."

(According to researcher Gary Olszewski, this might be to actress Marjorie White,

who appeared with Joan in 1931's Possessed.)

April 28, 1930, to "Betty."

May 6, 1930, to "Rena."

June 19, 1930, to "Gloria."

November 14, 1931, to the Bank of America.

Christmas 1932, to "Lelia and Lenore." Handwritten.

January 1, 1933, to Gertrude Walker.

March 28, 1933, to "Ellanore."

April 14, 1933, to the Bank of America.

September 15, 1933, to Gertrude Walker.  Handwritten note-card.

October 17, 1933, to Gertrude Walker. 1-page handwritten.

October 23, 1933, to Gertrude Walker.  1-page handwritten.

October 11, 1934, to Mr. Billy Griffiths, of Calcutta's Jean Harlow Fan Club.

 

1931 publicity.

 

 

 

April 28, 1935, to "Dorothy."

June 29, 1935, to "Mary."

November 6, 1935, to "Mrs. Eddy."

August 14, 1936, to "Mary."

September 14, 1936, to "Betty."  1-page handwritten.

October 15, 1936, to "Elizabeth."

November 23, 1936, to "Betty." 1-page handwritten.

(According to the eBay listing for this letter, "Betty" was a fan

who made hats for Joan at Milgrim's and Carnegie's in NYC.)

December 6, 1936, to "Miss Heibert."

December 13, 1936, to new fan-club coordinator "Dorothy."

March 21, 1937, to "Elizabeth."

April 18, 1937, to fan "Gertrude."

August 1, 1937, to Gerald Hamm.

January 9, 1938, to "Dorothy."

November 13, 1938, to friend "Lil."

March 16, 1939, to "Jimmie," a reviewer of "Ice Follies."  2-page handwritten.

April 1, 1939, to Elmer Lewis. (From the collection of James Hunter.)

November 19, 1939, to "Margaret."

 

 1938 at the Waldorf with NYC newspaperwomen.

 

 

 


 

1940s

Click on an individual link below, or read the 1940s letters chronologically on these separate pages:

1940 to 1941      1942 to 1943      1944 to 1949

 

Unknown 1940s (war years) to "Sarah."

January 29, 1940, to "Mr. O'Connor." (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

February 18, 1940, to "Elizabeth."

July 5, 1940, to "C. Joseph."

August 30, 1940, to "Margaret."

September 14, 1940, to kid penpal Avalon Benson.

October 8, 1940, to publicist Dore Freeman.

1940 generic reply to fans re A Woman's Face and accompanying photo.

1941 generic reply to fans re When Ladies Meet.

May 8, 1941, to "Le Nore."

June 5, 1941, to "Margaret."

September 18, 1941, to "Sally."

October 1, 1941, telegram to singer/actress Helen Morgan on Morgan's deathbed.

October 14, 1941, from a Joan secretary to Chaw Mank.

October 20, 1941, to Avalon Benson.

 

 1941. 'A Woman's Face.' With Osa Massen.

 

 

 

1942, generic letter/photo to fans, with info re They All Kissed the Bride

January 19, 1942, to Avalon Benson.

February 18, 1942, to "Florence."

March 15, 1942, to "Margaret."

April 11, 1942, to Pearl Pezoldt.

June 20, 1942, to Pearl Pezoldt.

July 29, 1942, to Pearl Pezoldt.

September 16, 1942, to "Sarah."

December 30, 1942, to MGM exec Edgar Mannix.

February 1, 1943, to serviceman William Seay.

February 8, 1943, to Pearl Pezoldt.

June 10, 1943, to Ada P. Snow.

June 22, 1943, to Avalon Benson.

September 1, 1943, to actress Lotte Palfi.

December 14, 1943, to Pearl Pezoldt.

 

 

May 27, 1944, to actress Lotte Palfi.

September 29, 1944, to Navy man Bob Thorell.

December 12, 1944, to actor Clifton Webb.

May 21, 1945, to Private Bill Seay.

July 29, 1945, to Corporal Lawrence Cressy.

November 8, 1945, to Joseph Sokol.

December 4, 1946, to Joseph Sokol.

September 4, 1947, to literary agent H.N. Swanson.

September 15, 1947, to Leslie Powell.

December 10, 1948, to NY Post columnist Leonard Lyons.  

2 pages, disputing claims that she was born in 1903 and had been married prior to Doug.

January 5, 1949, to Norman Stuart.

January 10, 1949, to Bill Seay.

January 13, 1949, to Louise Hazuka.

January 19, 1949, to Lilyan Miller.

August 23, 1949, to Joan Conord.

August 29, 1949, to Katherine Le Blanc.

 

 1944. Warner's publicity by Bert Longworth.

 

 

 


 

1950s

Click on an individual link below, or read the 1950s letters chronologically on separate pages:

1950 to 1951     1952     1953     1954 to 1955     1956     1957    1958     1959

 

January 23, 1950, to Louise Hazuka.

April 30, 1950, to Don Sommerville.

May 1, 1950, to Mrs. Delmer Reiter.

June 9, 1950, to Christine Hagen.

July 31, 1950, to Mary Sokol.

August 10, 1950, to agent H.N. Swanson.

October 4, 1950, to Norman Stuart.

October 11, 1950, to Mary Sokol.

January 9, 1951, to Mary Sokol.

February 27, 1951, to Mary Sokol.

March 23, 1951, to Elmore Richey.

March 24, 1951, to Ruth and Delmar Reiter.

April 14, 1951, to Katherine LeBlanc.

May 4, 1951, to Mary and Joseph Sokol.  On NYC Hampshire House stationery.

May 11, 1951, to Mary and Joseph Sokol.

October 15, 1951, to Richard Meshejian.

October 18, 1951, to Ruth and Delmar Reiter.

November 11, 1951, to Frances Egan.

December 4, 1951, to Grace Cunningham. (From the collection of Kristy Asken.)

 

 

 

 

January 8, 1952, to Mary Sokol.

January 10, 1952, to Gary Pepper.

January 31, 1952, to Mary Sokol. Colorful birthday telegram.

February 11, 1952, to Mary Sokol.

March 5, 1952, to Mary Sokol.

March 13, 1952, to Ruth Emerson.

April 3, 1952, to Mary and Joseph Sokol.

April 29, 1952, to Christina Crawford.

April 29, 1952, to Margaret Lee Chadwick (of Christina's Chadwick School).

June 19, 1952, to columnist Allan Smith.

June 25, 1952, to Emma Davidson.

July 9, 1952, to Suzanna Lovett.

July 10, 1952, to Mary Sokol.

July 16, 1952, to Edward M. Lally.

August 9, 1952, to Mrs. Jack Heidelberg (owner of the house where some Sudden Fear scenes were filmed)

September 15, 1952, to Hy Gardner.

September 27, 1952, to Bettie Smith.

September 22, 1952, to Cliff Benson.

September 29, 1952, to Elmore Richey.

October 28, 1952, to Mary Sokol.

October 28, 1952, to Nina Ganong.

December 5, 1952, to Louise Snyder.

 

 

January 6, 1953, to Cliff Benson.

January 22, 1953, to Cliff Benson.

January 30, 1953, to Deane Morrison.

March 3, 1953, to Cliff Benson.

March 6, 1953, to Mary Ross.

March 11, 1953, to Richard Maloy.

April 6, 1953, to Mary and Joseph Sokol.

June 4, 1953, to Maxine Mullins of the Elizabeth Arden Salon. Signed "Stinkey."

June 9, 1953, to Olive Harver.

June 9, 1953, to Eylla Jacobus.

July 9, 1953, to Sally Roberts.

October 6, 1953, to Sally Roberts.

October 9, 1953, to Viola Roache.

October 9, 1953, to Ezra Dolan.

October 26, 1953, to Pearl Pezoldt.

December 19, 1953, to co-star Herbert Marshall and wife.

 

 

May 26, 1954, to Margaret Sarget.

June 16, 1954, to Ward Marsh of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

June 24, 1954, to Mary and Joseph Sokol.

June 24, 1954, to Cynthia and Susan Niles.

August 19, 1954, to Nancy Norman. (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

August 19, 1954, to Lila and Donald Caye.

October 9, 1954, to Merietta Smith.

Christmas 1954 to "Melba and Jack." (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

December 23, 1954, to Clifton Webb. 2-page handwritten.

Unknown date, to grocers as Pepsi representative.

January 15, 1955, to Lila Barnett.

February 7, 1955, to "Anna."

March 17, 1955, to "Michel."

March 25, 1955, to publicist Dore Freeman.

April 16, 1955, to Mary and Joseph Sokol.

April 23, 1955, to James Wiseman.

May 14, 1955, to publicist Dore Freeman.

July 1, 1955, to "Sally and Bob."

July 22, 1955, to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Grimstead.

October 6, 1955, to "Mr. Giglio."

October 20, 1955, to Nora Steger.

October 27, 1955, to "Dawn."

November 8, 1955, to Marjorie Moore.

 

1954. From TV's 'Road to Edinburgh.'

 

 

 

January 26, 1956, to Mary Sokol. On Sutton Place stationery.

January 31, 1956, to "Pearlina."

March 16, 1956, to "David." On Sutton Place stationery.

March 29, 1956, to publicist Dore Freeman.

March 31, 1956, to Marjorie Moore.

April 8, 1956, to journalist Pat McHugh.

April 23, 1956, to Mary and Joseph Sokol.

April 23, 1956, to "Helen and Horace."

April 30, 1956, to "Rosalie."

May 31, 1956, to Mary and Joseph Sokol.

May 31, 1956, to "Sally and Bob."

July 3, 1956, to publicist Dore Freeman.

September 15, 1956, to "Julia."

September 23, 1956, to Stanley Anast.

October 16, 1956, to Bob Jean.

December 6, 1956, to Helen McDonough.

December 6, 1956, to Nora Steger.

December 31, 1956, to Stanley Anast.

 

 

January 1957, to publicist Dore Freeman.

February 22, 1957, to Bob Jean.

February 25, 1957, to "Shirley."

March 13, 1957, to "Arthur."

March 19, 1957, to "Stanley."

March 24, 1957, to Marjorie Moore.

May 6, 1957, to fan Bernard Baker.

May 6, 1957, to Bob Jean.

May 13, 1957, to Bob Jean.

May 16, 1957, to masseur Gunnar Ohberg and wife.

May 31, 1957, to Renee Iles.

June 9, 1957, to "Mary and Stanley."

June 21, 1957, to Helen McDonough.

June 26, 1957, to publicist Dore Freeman.

August 10, 1957, to Bob Jean.

August 26, 1957, to May Goldsmith.

October 12, 1957, to "Cecil."

October 17, 1957, to "Marian."

October 17, 1957, to Robert Feltch.

October 24, 1957, to Bob Jean.

 

 

January 8, 1958, to "Larry."

February 20, 1958, to Bob Marley.

March 21, 1958, to "Ada."

March 28, 1958, to Robert Feltch.

March 31, 1958, to Mrs. Louis Ferretti

April 3, 1958, to Mrs. Roy Kuehl

April 14, 1958, to Bob Jean.

April 14, 1958, to Robert Feltch.

April 14, 1958, to Richard Camera.

May 14, 1958, to Bertie and Pete Peters.

May 20, 1958, to Uruguayan fan "Lilian."

June 10, 1958, to "Marion."

August 6, 1958, to Lawrence Quirk. (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

August 7, 1958, to unknown celebrity "Bill."

August 9, 1958, to Mary Hayda.

September 12, 1958, to Bertie Peters. (From the collection of Oliver Geiger.)

September 12, 1958, to E.A. "Pete" Peters.

September 24, 1958, to Bergdorf Goodman hair-stylist Robert Freeman.

October 9, 1958, to "Anita."

October 15, 1958, to Uruguayan fan "Lilian."

December 1, 1958, to Robert Feltch.

December 15, 1958, to Uruguayan fan "Lilian."

December 26, 1958, to "Augusta and Charles."

Christmas 1958, to Jerry Lewis and wife Patti.

 

 

January 8, 1959, to "Ruth and Ted."

February 8, 1959, to "Fred."

February 16, 1959, to May Goldsmith.

February 27, 1959, to "Mary."

March 10, 1959, to James Wiseman.

March 12, 1959, to Uruguayan fan "Lilian."

March 24, 1959, to masseur Gunnar Ohberg.

April 3, 1959, to Marjorie Moore.

April 27, 1959, to Muriel Stafford.

April 30, 1959, to "Rene."

April 30, 1959, to "Don."

May 9, 1959, to "Herb."   Partially handwritten.

May 11, 1959, to "Mr. Kiger and Mr. Miller."

May 21, 1959, to "Ronnie." (From the collection of David Hawkins.)

May 24, 1959, to Bill Seay.

June 15, 1959, to Jack Wald (producer Jerry Wald's uncle)

June 15, 1959, to producer Jerry Wald.

June 17, 1959, to "Renee."

July 3, 1959, to Loletta Edwards

July 17, 1959, to Lee McWilliams. (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

July 20, 1959, to "Grace and Bill."

July 21, 1959, to "Joan" (daughter of Pearl Pezoldt).

July 30, 1959, to Stanley Anast.

August 1, 1959, to Lee McWilliams.

August 29, 1959, to Forbes Randolph.

August 31, 1959, to "Electra and John."

September 28, 1959, to Forbes Randolph.

October 8, 1959, to "John."

October 12, 1959, to radio personality/columnist Shirley Eder.

October 14, 1959, to "Electra and John."

November 7, 1959, to "Mr. Hodson."

December 17, 1959, to Forbes Randolph.

 

 August 1959. At Pepsi headquarters in NYC.

 

 

 


 

1960s

Click on an individual link below, or read the 1960s letters chronologically on separate pages:

1960    1961   1962    1963    1964    1965    1966    1967    1968    1969

 

January 12, 1960, to "Joan, Ken, and Bobby Ken."

January 12, 1960, to "Don."

January 27, 1960, to publicist Dore Freeman. (First page only.)

January 29, 1960, to columnist Hy Gardner.

February 5, 1960, to masseur Gunnar Ohberg.

February 20, 1960, to Rene Black of Miami's Fontainebleau Hotel.

February 23, 1960, to Nina Ganong.

March 20, 1960, to Allan Smith.

March 22, 1960, to Uruguayan fan "Lilian."

March 29, 1960, to James Wiseman.

May 9, 1960, to "Jeanne." (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

June 14, 1960, to MCA exec Peter McDonald.

June 19, 1960, to publicist Dore Freeman.

June 28, 1960, to Uruguayan fan "Lilian."

June 30, 1960, to "Patricia Ann."

August 1, 1960, to Electra Dennis.

August 10, 1960, to "Bob."

August 15, 1960, to photographer Don Gusias.

September 7, 1960, to "Terri."

September 8, 1960, to "Lillian."

September 15, 1960, to agent Ross Hunter. Telegram.

September 22, 1960, to Rosalie Johnson.

October 12, 1960, to Uruguayan fan "Lilian."

October 30, 1960, to "Jean."

November 2, 1960, to masseur Gunnar Ohberg.

November 15, 1960, to Perry Amazon.

November 23, 1960, to Electra Dennis.

December 29, 1960, to Patricia Lahr.  Christmas stationery.

December 31, 1960, to Ted Furnette. (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

 

 

 

1961 publicity for the September 9 Miss America pageant.January 20, 1961, to unknown rug-man.

February 5, 1961, to columnist Hy Gardner.

February 16, 1961, to "Patricia Ann."

February 24, 1961, to "Robert."

February 28, 1961, to Patricia Lahr.

March 8, 1961, to fan "Jeanne."

March 17, 1961, to Patricia Lahr.

March 21, 1961, to "Anna."

April 2, 1961, to Electra and John Dennis.

April 4, 1961, to masseur Gunnar Ohberg.

April 5, 1961, to Patricia Lahr.

April 21, 1961, to Uruguayan fan "Lilian."

May 19, 1961, to "Captain Bearchell."

May 28, 1961, to "Jim." (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

August 17, 1961, to Bob Jean.

August 17, 1961, to Deane Morrison.

October 13, 1961, to "Cecil."

November 24, 1961, to photographer Don Gusias.

November 26, 1961, to "Rudy."

December 31, 1961, to "Larry," Hollywood Tatler writer.

 

 

 

 

January 8, 1962, to James Wiseman.

January 8, 1962, to "Lee." (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

February 26, 1962, to Frances Spingold.

April 9, 1962, to photographer Don Gusias.

May 18, 1962, to Vincent Price and wife Mary.

June 2, 1962, to Ada P. Snow.

June 4, 1962, to Lee McWilliams.

June 17, 1962, to Shirley Eder.

June 26, 1962, to Frances Spingold.

June 30, 1962, to L. Allan Smith, "Circle of Stars" columnist.

July 10, 1962, to Frances Spingold.

July 12, 1962, to Don Gusias.

August 14, 1962, to Frances Spingold.

August 25, 1962, to Ann Gundersen.

September 8, 1962, to publicist Dore Freeman.

September 26, 1962, to columnist Hy Gardner.

October 1, 1962, to Shirley Eder.

October 9, 1962, to Bob Jean.

October 25, 1962, to "Don."

November 13, 1962, to Bob Jean.

November 15, 1962, to columnist Irv Kupcinet.

December 4, 1962, to designer Norma Koch. Including an article about Baby Jane that Joan encloses.

December 10, 1962, to Nina Ganong.

December 14, 1962, to Lee Golden. Pepsi stationery.

December 21, 1962, to George Cukor.

December 22, 1962, to Barbara Stanwyck. Handwritten note by Stanwyck at bottom of letter.

December 26, 1962, to Donald Stump.

December 31, 1962, to photographer Don Gusias.

Christmas 1962 to "Nadine." (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

1962. Film still from 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?'

 

 

 

January 11, 1963, to Renee and Geoffrey Iles.

January 15, 1963, to Glendora Lahr.

January 21, 1963, to "Jewel" (Mrs. Julien Savignac)

February 4, 1963, to Patricia Lahr (daughter of Glendora Lahr--see 1/15/63 letter above).

February 18, 1963, to Larry Chiswell.

February 25, 1963, to Glenn McCollough.

March 11, 1963, to Virginia De Luce of "The Lambs."

March 14, 1963, to Jeanne Kendall.

March 14, 1963, to "Georgine."

March 25, 1963, to Frances Spingold. Includes April itinerary.

April 6, 1963, to singer Hildegarde.

April 8, 1963, to producer Monty Morgan.

May 10, 1963, to Willie Ziegler.

May 1963, to President Kennedy. (From the collection of Tom Clark.)

May 17, 1963, to Cecil Stoughton, White House photographer.

May 31, 1963, to "Larry."

June 10, 1963, to Hy Gardner.

June 14, 1963, to Robert Feltch. (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

July 15, 1963, to "Betty Lou." Includes autographed photo.

July 19, 1963, to Ruth Smith.

August 5, 1963, to "Nadine." (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

August 28, 1963, to "Mrs. Laupus."

September 25, 1963, to writer Paul Denis.

October 5, 1963, to writer Paul Denis.

October 11, 1963, to Bob Jean.

October 13, 1963, to Frances Spingold. (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

October 26, 1963, to Frances Spingold.

November 9, 1963, to "Thomas."

November 15, 1963, to "Louise."

December 10, 1963, to Joseph La Rose of La Rose Footwear. (Thanks to James-Paul Amato.)

 

 1963. 'The Caretakers.'

 

 

 

January 16, 1964, to "Albyn and Joe." ("Albyn" was a hair colorist at a Miami salon; this is the first of a series of letters to him.)

January 21, 1964, to "Fred."

January 28, 1964, to Electra Dennis.

January 30, 1964, to shoe designer Joseph La Rose. Handwritten.

January 31, 1964, to "Alta," "Boston Traveler" writer.

January 31, 1964, to Bob Jean.

January 31, 1964, to Lee Golden.

February 5, 1964, to Bob Jean.

February 24, 1964, to "Mrs. Laupus."

March 24, 1964, to "Cecil."

March 14, 1964, to Bud Ward of the Corpus Christi Beacon.

March 28, 1964, to Alan Brock.

May 4, 1964, to masseur Gunnar Ohberg. (partially handwritten)

May 21, 1964, to "Maurie."

May 21, 1964, to masseur Gunnar Ohberg.

June 22, 1964, to Joseph La Rose of La Rose Footwear.

June 23, 1964, to masseur Gunnar Ohberg.

June 29, 1964, to "Lee."

July 11, 1964, to "Ethel and Fred." (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

August 12, 1964, to Frances Spingold.

August 13, 1964, to Frances Spingold.

August 22, 1964, to Jewel Savignac.

August 28, 1964, to "Georgine."

August 28, 1964, to "Clara."

September 14, 1964, to "Mrs. Laupus."

September 14, 1964, to Joseph La Rose of La Rose Footwear.

October 6, 1964, to "Uncle Don" from Joan's poodle Ma Petite

October 7, 1964, to "Mrs. Thomas." (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

November 4, 1964, to Shirley Eder.

November 20, 1964, to Dorothy Laski.

November 21, 1964, to "Mrs. Parker."

December 28, 1964, to Frances Spingold.

December 1964 to Agnes Moorehead.

 

 

January 15, 1965, to Shirley Eder.

February 5, 1965, to Frances Spingold.

February 6, 1965, to "Ethel and Fred." (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

February 6, 1965, to Clare Phillips.

February 13, 1965, to "Marshall."

February 23, 1965, to "Albyn and Joe."

March 2, 1965, to Frances Spingold. (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

March 6, 1965, to British writer George Villiers.

March 11, 1965, to Frances Spingold. (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

March 26, 1965, to publisher Sol Stein.

March 27, 1965, to "Cheri and Jimmy."

March 31, 1965, to Frances Spingold.

March 31, 1965, to Kay Lawrence.

April 15, 1965, to publicist Dore Freeman.

April 30, 1965, to Lee McWilliams.

April 30, 1965, to Jay Jensen and mother.

May 2, 1965, to Frances Spingold. (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

May 28, 1965, to Irene Dolphin.

June 8, 1965, to author James M. Cain.

June 8, 1965, to "Albyn and Joe."

July 19, 1965, to Jay Jensen.

August 4, 1965, to Helen McDonough.

August 6, 1965, to "Mr. Rohde." Appeared on PBS's "Antiques Roadshow" on 4/26/10.

August 18, 1965, to Beverly Jean.

August 21, 1965, to Barbara Stanwyck.  Handwritten note by Stanwyck at bottom of letter.

September 1, 1965, to Claire Manley.

September 13, 1965, to Claire Manley.

October 7, 1965, to Jay Jensen.

October 26, 1965, to "Jay."

October 30, 1965, to Claire Manley.

November 2, 1965, to Irene Dolphin.

November 30, 1965, to Ed Sullivan.  USO stationery.

 

 

January 3, 1966, to "Adam."

January 6, 1966, to Kay and Barry Faris.

February 3, 1966, to Peggy Wood.

February 7, 1966, to Frances Spingold.

March 18, 1966, to Linda Clayton.

April 1, 1966, to Don Gusias.

April 5, 1966, to Renee Iles.

April 6, 1966, to Bill Seay and mother.

April 6, 1966, to "Colette." With photo of personal monogrammed hankey for auction.

April 11, 1966, to "Rosalie."

April 27, 1966, to "Albyn and Joe."

May 6, 1966, to "Fannie, Jim, Junior and Otto."

May 23, 1966, to "Bertice."

May 23, 1966, to Bill Seay.

May 24, 1966, to columnist Hy Gardner.

June 15, 1966, to Renee Iles.

June 15, 1966, to Ken Hecht. (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

June 24, 1966, to Lee McWilliams.

August 2, 1966, to "Bob."

August 17, 1966, to "Rosalie."

September 6, 1966, to Lee McWilliams.

October 6, 1966, to "Kay."

October 6, 1966, to "Gertrude."

October 20, 1966, to "Ida."

Christmas 1966 to Frances Spingold. Christmas stationery.

December 19, 1966, to Frances Spingold.

December 29, 1966, to Tom Mellis.

 

 

January 8, 1967, to "Mr. and Mrs. Wynia." (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

January 9, 1967, to "George."

January 16, 1967, to "Betty and Bill."

January 18, 1967, to "Albyn and Joe.'

January 20, 1967, to Charles Levithan.

February 3, 1967, to Todd Mason.

February 8, 1967, to "Paul."

March 3, 1967, to Ray Hynes.

March 14, 1967, to "Marthe."

March 15, 1967, to Elvis Presley.

March 15, 1967, to laid-off Pepsi employee "Maurie."

April 6, 1967, to "Bill."  Partially handwritten.

April 15, 1967, to "Albyn and Joe."

April 19, 1967, to Michael Kutza of the Chicago Film Festival.

May 3, 1967, to Helen McDonough.

May 11, 1967, to "Barry."

May 18, 1967, to Shirley Eder.

June 16, 1967, to Agnes Moorehead.

July 28, 1967, to Irene Dolphin.

August 21, 1967, to NYC reporter Harold Banks.

September 12, 1967, to NYC reporter Harold Banks.

September 12, 1967, to Frances Spingold.

October 10, 1967, to British writer George Villers.

October 18, 1967, to radio interviewer George Thomas.

October 28, 1967, to Frances Spingold.

November 1, 1967, to "Rush."

December 5, 1967, to Shirley Eder.

December 5, 1967, to Sheilah Gottlieb.

Christmas 1967 to "Eleanor." (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

Christmas 1967 to "Stanley."

 

 

January 8, 1968, to Kay Lawrence.

January 11, 1968, to "Charlotte." (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

January 22, 1968, to "Jay."

January 28, 1968, to "Albyn and Joe."

January 29, 1968, to "Larry."

February 9, 1968, to Joseph Julia of the Cuban Crusade.

February 20, 1968, to Lyne Chardonnet.

February 22, 1968, to photographer Don Gusias.

March 12, 1968, to Holly Geeteh.

April 17, 1968, to "Albyn and Joe."

April 26, 1968, to donor Victor Hammer.

April 29, 1968, to Pearl Pezoldt.  Plus handwritten health note.

May 13, 1968, to "Joyce."

May 13, 1968, to donor Victor Hammer.

May 17, 1968, to donor Victor Hammer.

May 18, 1968, to donor Victor Hammer.

May 18, 1968, to "Virginia."

May 22, 1968, to Don Gusias.

May 23, 1968, to Vera and Wayne Saunders. (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

May 31, 1968, to Larry Allee.

June 3, 1968, to publicist Dore Freeman.

July 13, 1968, to shoe designer Joseph La Rose. One typewritten page, one handwritten, plus outlines Joan drew of her feet!

July 19, 1968, to Syracuse journalist Kenneth Sparrow.

August 15, 1968, to "Lyle."

August 23, 1968, to Millie De Palmer.

September 19, 1968, to Shirley Eder.

September 29, 1968, to Larry Allee.

October 13, 1968, to Shirley Eder.

November 8, 1968, to "Lillian."

November 25, 1968, to columnist Hy Gardner and wife.

November 26, 1968, to Shirley Eder.

November 30, 1968, to designer Ambrose Du Bek.

December 16, 1968, to Irene Dolphin.

Christmas 1968 to Kay Lawrence.

Christmas 1968 to "Nadine." (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

Christmas 1968 to "Gary and Dick."

Christmas 1968 to Pepsi exec Jim Shircliff.

1968. 'Berserk!' with Michael Gough.

 

 

 

January 9, 1969, to Ambrose Du Bek.

January 15, 1969, to "Nadine." (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

February 4, 1969, to "Helen and Horace."

February 22, 1969, to Jean Dalrymple.

March 1, 1969, to Frances Spingold. (Plus handwritten health note.)

March 2, 1969, to Shirley Eder.

April 29, 1969, to Bill Gott of Holiday Inn.

April 30, 1969, to Ray Hynes.

May 5, 1969, to Bill Gott of Holiday Inn.

May 14, 1969, to "Detective Kennerson."

May 19, 1969, to "Hazel."

September 18, 1969, to "Lillian."

October 1, 1969, to "Mike."

Christmas 1969 to Booth Colman.

 

 


 

1970s

You can click on an individual link below, or read the 1970s letters chronologically on separate pages:

1970     1971    1972    1973    1974    1975    1976 to 1977

 

January 14, 1970, to director George Cukor.

February 6, 1970, to a Pepsi customer with a complaint. Pepsi stationery.

February 11, 1970, to Terri Arden.

February 12, 1970, to Vera and Wayne Saunders. (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

February 17, 1970, to Bob Jean.

February 26, 1970, to "Anthony."

February 26, 1970, to "Phil."

February 27, 1970, to John Hughes.

March 26, 1970, to set designer Ambrose Du Bek.

April 20, 1970, to actor Barry Sullivan.

April 27, 1970, to Al and Dotty Goetz. Handwritten note at bottom.

May 8, 1970, to publicist Dore Freeman.

July 9, 1970, to Patrick McFadden.

July 9, 1970, to Eleanor and Eddie Schreiber.

July 9, 1970, to H. A. Shorre.

July 14, 1970, to Bob Jean.

July 30, 1970, to columnist and TV host Irv Kupcinet.

August 19, 1970, to columnist and TV host Irv Kupcinet.

August 20, 1970, to Eleanor and Eddie Schreiber.

August 26, 1970, to Dotty Goetz. Handwritten note at bottom.

September 7, 1970, to writer Doug Arango.

October 14, 1970, to Dotty Goetz. Telegram.

October 20, 1970, to Maurice Chevalier.

Christmas 1970, to Gloria Swanson.

Christmas 1970, to Jerry Lewis.

December 30, 1970, to Sharon Crane.

 

 

January 8, 1971, to William Hosking.

January 12, 1971, to Sharon Crane.

January 15, 1971, to "Brad and the Encores."

February 16, 1971, to "Julie."

March 17, 1971, to Frances Spingold.  (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

March 25, 1971, to Sharon Crane.

April 21, 1971, to actor Melvyn Douglas.

April 30, 1971, to "Hazel."

May 19, 1971, to "Teresa."

May 20, 1971, to writer Lawrence J. Quirk.

June 4, 1971, to Bob Jean.

August 25, 1971, to Shirley Eder.

August 26, 1971, to H. A. Shorre.

September 13, 1971, to Mrs. John Hammond. Includes recipe for Codfish Cakes and Creamed Egg Sauce. (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

September 28, 1971, to columnist and TV host Irv Kupcinet.

October 14, 1971, to "Sid."

October 18, 1971, to Shirley Eder.

October 18, 1971, to Stanley Anast.

October 19, 1971, to "Georgiana."

November 5, 1971, to Gregory Johnson (of University of Illinois-Urbana).

November 13, 1971, to Marty Stepper of Harcourt.

November 19, 1971, to columnist Irv Kupcinet and wife.

November 19, 1971, to Joyce Macey.

Christmas 1971, to Mary Pickford.

Christmas 1971, to Pepsi exec Al Goetz and family. Card with handwritten note.

December 28, 1971, to Cesar Romero.

1971. At Joan's NYC apartment with secretary Florence Walsh.

 

 

 

January 25, 1972, to "Hazel."

February 1, 1972, to Sharon Farris (nee Crane) and John Farris.

March 7, 1972, to James Cagney.

March 8, 1972, to Dotty Goetz (wife of Pepsi exec Al Goetz).

March 23, 1972, to Sharon Farris (nee Crane) and John Farris.

March 30, 1972, to Pearl Pezoldt.

March 31, 1972, to designer Ambrose Du Bek.

April 3, 1972, to Sharon Farris (nee Crane).

April 8, 1972, to John Dowding.

April 12, 1972, to Don Parker.

April 27, 1972, to "Doris."

May 8, 1972, to "Ethel and Fred."

May 8, 1972, to Irvin Gelb.

May 9, 1972, to Dorothea McEvoy Sandham.

May 23, 1972, to Booth Colman.

May 26, 1972, to Jean Stapleton.

June 6, 1972, to photographer Don Gusias.

June 20, 1972, to Irvin Gelb.

June 29, 1972, to Shirley Eder.

July 3, 1972, to "Lillian."

August 9, 1972, to Bob Jean.

August 29, 1972, to Tylene Osborn.

September 12, 1972, to designer Ambrose Du Bek.

October 10, 1972, to William Hosking.

October 11, 1972, to Irvin Gelb.

October 13, 1972, to "Stanley."

October 21, 1972, to "Emma and Dan."

October 30, 1972, to columnist Hy Gardner.

November 7, 1972, to designer Ambrose Du Bek.

November 11, 1972, to columnist Hy Gardner.

December 22, 1972, to Bob Jean.

Christmas 1972, to Stanley Anast.

 

 

January 8, 1973, to Sherman Emery.

January 17, 1973, to Electra Dennis and family. (From the collection of John Ball.)

January 17, 1973, to Sharman and Andrew Hay.

January 23, 1973, to Pepsi exec Al Goetz's wife Dotty.

January 23, 1973, to Irvin Gelb.

February 6, 1973, to "Virginia." (From the collection of Steve Kohler.)

February 9, 1973, to Stanley Anast.

February 19, 1973, to Harry Shorre.

March 3, 1973, to Harold McConnell.

March 21, 1973, to friend and donor Victor Hammer.

March 27, 1973, to "Glenn." (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

April 2, 1973, to "Eleanore and Don."

April 4, 1973, to Tylene Osborn.

April 4, 1973, to publicist Dore Freeman.

April 17, 1973, to "Jess."

May 5, 1973, to Sharon Farris (nee Crane) and John Farris.

June 1, 1973, to author Arthur H. Lewis.

June 13, 1973, to author Arthur H. Lewis.

June 21, 1973, to Al Goetz of Pepsi-Cola Canada.

July 16, 1973, to Joseph Cohen.

August 2, 1973, to "Lillian."

August 30, 1973, to Shirley Eder.

August 31, 1973, to "Terry."

September 5, 1973, to "Jean."

September 12, 1973, to author Lawrence J. Quirk.

September 17, 1973, to writer Jean Dalrymple.

October 15, 1973, to George Cukor.

Christmas 1973 to Pepsi exec Jim Shircliff and wife.

Christmas 1973 to Jerry Lewis.

 

 At her Imperial House apartment. Shot for the February 1973 issue of 'Modern Screen.'

 

 

 

January 1974, to Electra and John Dennis.

January 9, 1974, to Al Goetz.

January 10, 1974, to friends and donors Ireene and Victor Hammer.

January 17, 1974, to Pepsi exec Jim Shircliff and family.

February 4, 1974, to Shirley Eder.

February 4, 1974, to "Nancy and Harry."

February 20, 1974, to author Lawrence J. Quirk.

March 1, 1974, to Shirley Eder.

March 7, 1974, to "Missy" (Barbara Stanwyck).

March 14, 1974, to Terry Stoudenheimer.

March 22, 1974, to her maid Mamacita's daughter.  Partially handwritten.

March 29, 1974, to "Donald."

April 1, 1974, to Irvin Gelb from Joan's secretary Betty Barker. (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

April 16, 1974, to "Jess."

April 17, 1974, to Danny Rentz. (From the collection of Danny Rentz.)

April 17, 1974, to Ambrose Du Bek.

May 23, 1974, to Mike Strazzulla.

May 30, 1974, to Janie Toerge.  Handwritten "p.s." at bottom. (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

June 6, 1974, to Sharon Farris (nee Crane).

June 21, 1974, to "Hazel."

July 12, 1974, to Irvin Gelb from Joan's secretary Vivian Zeiger. (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

August 13, 1974, to George Cukor.

September 12, 1974, to publicist Dore Freeman.

December 4, 1974, to "May."

Christmas 1974 to "Mel."  Christmas stationery.

December 16, 1974, to "Bonnie, Peter, Tony, and Neal."

 

 

January 6, 1975, to "Jean."

January 7, 1975, to Irvin Gelb.

January 11, 1975, to "Jess."

January 15, 1975, to Sharon Farris (nee Crane) and John Farris.

January 20, 1975, to "Ambrose."

February 13, 1975, to May Goldsmith.

February 22, 1975, to "Ireene and Victor."

March 5, 1975, to "Bob."

March 24, 1975, to Theater World editor John Willis.

March 24, 1975, to "Fred."

April 1, 1975, to May Goldsmith.

April 1, 1975, to "Mary."

April 3, 1975, to Irvin Gelb from Joan's secretary Vivian Zeiger. (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

April 18, 1975, to "Fred."

May 14, 1975, to "Rod."

June 20, 1975, to Harry J. Cooper of The Greeting Card Association.

September 9, 1975, to Edward Cabral. (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

November 4, 1975, to Byron Roff.

December 2, 1975, to Donn Palladino.

December 11, 1975, to Nora Browne Miller.

December 16, 1975, to Sally and Jim Shircliff.

December 20, 1975, to photographer John Engstead.

December 29, 1975, to George Parker.

 

 

January 7, 1976, to Shirley Eder.

January 30, 1976, to "John." (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

January 31, 1976, to Lee McWilliams.

February 13, 1976, to Dotty Goetz.

February 18, 1976, to "Ken." (From the collection of Charles Triplett.)

March 27, 1976, to Marjorie Moore.

May 7, 1976, to "Mary."

May 19, 1976, to "Mr. Baxter."

May 25, 1976, to Lothar Karl.

June 2, 1976, to Chuck Frederickson.

July 2, 1976, to publicist Dore Freeman.

August 19, 1976, to Chaw Mank from Joan's secretary Betty Barker.

August 20, 1976, to Don Gusias.

August 27, 1976, to "Ric."

October 1976, to "Jess." Handwritten re Engstead photo shoot.

October 1976, to publicist Dore Freeman. Handwritten re Engstead photo shoot.

October 5, 1976, to "Mary."

November 29, 1976, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Russkon. Handwritten.

December 22, 1976, to "Arnold."

 

 

January 4, 1977, to Theater World editor John Willis. Handwritten.

January 7, 1977, to "Richard." (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

January 15, 1977, to Pepsi exec Jim Shircliff and family.

January 27, 1977, to "Julie."

January 31, 1977, to "Lynn and Hal."

February 2, 1977, to "Betty."

February 8, 1977, to "Mary."

February 16, 1977, to Theater World editor John Willis.

March 28, 1977, to Irvin Gelb from Joan's secretary Betty Barker. (From the collection of Stephen Bledsoe.)

April 4, 1977, to "Ric."

April 5, 1977, to "Barbara."

April 8, 1977, to "Betty."

April 11, 1977, to "Vivienne."

April 11, 1977, to Ida Bronson.

April 11, 1977, to Ambrose Du Bek.

April 18, 1977, to Joe Fawls.

April 20, 1977, to "Mary."

 

 

Joan died on May 10, 1977.

 


 

Post script: Sample note card from Christina sent to sympathizers after Joan's death.

 

Above:  Gennifer Flowers amidst Joan letters left to her by her friend (and Joan friend) Marjorie Moore.
Ms. Flowers sent me this photo in July 2008.


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