New York: 1961.
Warm A.L.S. "Paddy", 8vo. 2 pages, [New York], November 16th 1961, to Laura La Marchina aka Laura Fratti, a onetime child-prodigy pianist who debuted at Carnegie Hall at age five, and eventually went to work for MGM, where among other things she taught Katherine Hepburn how to play piano as Clara Schumann in "Song of Life", in full: "Thank you for your opening night good wishes and for introducing Miss [Katherine] Hepburn into my life. She has always been one of the favorite actresses of both Sue and myself - Thanks Again." *On November 15th 1961, Paddy Chayefsky's play "Gideon" premiered at the Plymouth Theater in New York City with a cast that included Peter Ustinov and Jose Ferrer. The opening night gala was a great success and was attended by many A-list celebrities such as Truman Capote, Katherine Hepburn and Judy Garland. On that particular night Laura La Marchina nee Fratti introduced Paddy Chayefsky to Katherine Hepburn for the first time with little though they would also become life-long friends. Condition: Uniform toning on the first page otherwise very good. Also included: original holograph envelope in Chaefsky's hand (with uneven toning), postmarked November 17th 1961 and signed by him on the verso with his home address.
American playwright and screenwriter, and the only person to have won three solo Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay.
Condition: Very Good