Newport Beach, CA: 1976.
Important T.L.S. 8vo. 1 page, personal letterhead, Newport Beach, California, October 14th 1976, written during the most tumultuous period of her life, less than a year after transitioning and divorcing Barbara Mole, and at the height of her courageous fight to compete as a woman in the 1976 US Open - and thereafter, to longtime friend and eye-care patient Laura Fratti who is best remembered as an onetime child-prodigy pianist who debuted at Carnegie Hall at age five, and who eventually went on 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 so much for the telegram that you sent to me this past summer at the tennis tournament in New Jersey. It gave me such pleasure to receive amongst the several hundred letters, one from a dear friend whom I respect and admire so much. My best to Valentino and Mario. I would like to add, in addition, that Nicki is almost five years old now and fast approaching the age when Laura will be beseeched to open his eyes and ears to the wonderful world of music. I am sure that Barbara shares my sentiments in that regard." *When Renee Richards was known as Dr. Richard Raskind his patient pool had already included Laura Fratti. After retiring from professional tennis, Renee Richards returned to New York City to resume her medical practice, which she moved to Park Avenue. Amongst her new patients was a sympathetic friend of Laura Fratti's named Katherine Hepburn. According to author William J. Mann, Katherine's older brother Tom committed suicide by hanging himself at age 15, probably as a result of his sexual confusion. The acress remained a patient of Dr. Richards even after she became surgeon director of Opthamology and head of the eye-muscle clinic at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. Boldly signed and in excellent condition with original transmittal envelope.
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