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5t014 OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND signed 8x11 letter May 26, 1956 complaining she was cheated on postage!

Date Sold 3/10/2015
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An Autographed Letter (measures 8 1/4" x 10 3/4"; 3 pages) (Learn More)

Olivia De Havilland was an actress who performed from the 1930s to the 1980s. She was often paired with Errol Flynn. Some of her movies include: The Adventures of Robin Hood, Gone With the Wind (nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for this film), The Heiress (winner of the Best Actress Academy Award for this film), To Each His Own (winner of the Best Actress Academy Award for this film), Hold Back The Dawn (nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for this film), Snake Pit (nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for this film), and Captain Blood. Her sister was Joan Fontaine, and they had a many decades-long (and never resolved) feud. She passed away in 2020 at the age of 104.
Important Added Info: Note that this item has been personally autographed (signed) by Olivia De Havilland! Note that this is a wonderful letter. Apparently, Miss De Havilland sent Paul Kohner $100 in 1955 to answer her fan mail, and a year later, she was told that the $100 was all spent. But in this very long letter, she completely documents how she calculated the amount of postage they paid, and she thinks she was short changed by $55! She said that she believed it to be an honest error, but that she wants the $55 sent to her by check! There are lots of pencil notations all over the pages of the letter telling how Paul Kohner's office wants to reply to it (obviously, they didn't want to lose their relationship with her over $55!). What makes this especially funny is that we have (in a separate auction) a signed postcard from Joan Fontaine stressing that she will only sign a photo for $1.50, but she also insists on "no checks please". Apparently those sisters had quite a thing about postage costs!

Note that this item comes from the estate of Paul Kohner, who had a remarkable life! Kohner was born in Czechoslovakia in 1902, and he was a journalist working at his father's newspaper. He came to Hollywood after interviewing Carl Laemmle, who gave him a job as a publicity man. He became the head of Universal's European department in Berlin, and returned to the U.S. in the early 1930s, and left Universal in 1938, becoming a publicity agent. Among his clients were some of the greatest film stars ever, including Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, and also great directors such as John Huston and Billy Wilder. He had close personal friendships with many of his clients, and he saved every bit of correspondence and paper work from his agency! He was married to actress Lupita Tovar from 1932 until his death in 1988. Amazingly, after his death, few institutions showed interest in his immense files, and only a small amount ended up being saved, with a lot literally thrown away! Our consignor purchased the item offered here from Mr. Kohner's estate in 1989, and he has held it until now, when he has consigned several items from Mr. Kohner's estate to, and each item is being auctioned separately.

Condition: very good. Note that what is really cool about this card is that it is pre-printed, and not only does she
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