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Nonpareil Brando arcanum from the height of his fame and insecurity are these correspondences from America’s greatest actor to Jim Murray back in the ‘50s dumping on legendary Hollywood gossip columnist Louella Parsons and on Time Magazine, where Murray worked then, for a recent article about him. Includes two typed letters to Murray, a copy of a letter from Brando to Parsons (written on the Ile de France), and a copy of a letter from Brando to Time in which he says he was “livid with rage” that he’d been misquoted and adds “I am sick to death of having every word I utter to the poys [sic] in the print business po-corned up to fit the slobbering mouth of king of the blue jean faction.” With the Brando charm he says in an attached letter to Murray that he does not hold him responsible and ends, “Hope we can get together. Regards to your wife. Sincerely, M.B. P.S. Don’t forget that M.B. spelled backwards is B.M.” He is less forgiving of Parsons, whom he calls “a big poop” and sort-of apologizes in his letter to her for calling her “the fat one.” Some of the most revealing Brando correspondence ever uncovered -- which even he wished would not become public, writing in the Parsons letter, “I consider this letter a personal communication and I hope that you are able to regard it as such also.” Though the letters are unsigned beyond the typed initials “M.B.”, he did handwrite two sentences at the bottom of one in pen. Letters are 8.5 x 11”, two are G-VG w/browning and folds, but the Time letter (with a perforated right edge) is white and EX. Stella! .
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