Marilyn Monroe ALS to Lefty O'Doul, Mentor of Husband Joe DiMaggio: "your [sic] one of my favorite people you know"
1p autograph letter signed by Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) as "Marilyn" at lower right. Undated, but probably dating from the early 1950s. Inscribed overall by Monroe in blue pen on watermarked cream stationery paper emblazoned with a large "M" at upper left. Expected paper folds and a few wrinkles. Isolated stains along the right side and bottom do not affect the legibility of the handwriting. 6" x 8". Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope, also inscribed in Monroe's hand. Letter-opened at top and with expected wear. Provenance: From the Collection of Dr. Goodman Basil Espy III.
In full, with unchanged spelling and punctuation:
I was so happy you met us at the airport and I got to see you again - your one of my favorite people you know.
Thank you for inviting me to your birthday party. I would love to come but the Doctor said I must stay in bed - so I'm sorry Jimmy that I can't be there but I'll be thinking about you
Have a Happy Birthday and a wonderful time
The letter is undated, but probably dates from the period of Marilyn's courtship or marriage to Joe DiMaggio (1914-1999), the ex-New York Yankees baseball legend who had been mentored by Monroe's letter recipient, Francis Joseph "Lefty" O'Doul (1897-1969). Monroe and DiMaggio first met in 1952 and were married in January 1954. Monroe and DiMaggio spent their honeymoon in Asia on a three-week-long baseball junket also attended by Lefty and his wife Jean. Monroe divorced DiMaggio in October 1954.
"Jimmy Gold" appears to have been a pet name of Monroe's for O'Doul. Lefty O'Doul was an accomplished professional baseball player in his own right. He served as the manager of the Pacific Coast League team the San Francisco Seals between 1935-1951, during which time he coached DiMaggio. The two remained close friends, and it is likely that Monroe knew him through DiMaggio.
Dr. Goodman Basil Espy III is a Georgia-based collector whose collection--amassed over 70 years--was just liquidated. His primary interests included Hollywood memorabilia, especially anything pertaining to Marilyn Monroe; sports legends of football, boxing, and baseball; and vintage radios.
This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.
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