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RUBBER STAMP - 25406-1/2 Malibu Rd., Malibu, CA - TYPEWRITTEN EXCERPT

                    Aug.5th.'57. Profile
My Dear Earl [Manbeck]:-
           Re you have been having some hot weather, its been the same out here. In some places last week temperatures were as high as 112, thank goodness I am close to the ocean where even at 90 it isn't too bad as we get a cool breeze with it all of the time.
          Interesting to hear re the improvements taking place in Pittsburgh in the cleanup dept. It sure was a dirty place, last time I was there in '40, I think we played at the Harris Theatre with our revue show, incidently, during that week, the roof of the theatre caved in fortunately the place was empty at the time & I do'nt think anyone was hurt, but it certainly put a scare into everybody. I noticed during our performances that many people kept looking at the ceiling & were'nt paying much attention to what was going on with the show.
          All we get here on TV is three channels & those are rebroadcast from San Diego, the other Stations can't get through on account of Mountain area. However we do get the important shows & fights so its not too bad.


RUBBER STAMP - 25406-1/2 Malibu Rd., Malibu, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                    Aug.5th.'57. Profile
Dear Gary [Arnold]:-
          Thanks your two letters.
Regarding the rubber stamp, am enclosing a small pamphlet giving the address of where it was made. If you drop them a card, they will send you some literature of the different types of print they make, they have quite a variety to choose from plus a list of prices which are very reasonable - this one above cost $1.15.
          I have a smaller one which I use for my bank checques, cost 80¢. it takes about ten days after they receive your order.
          Note you have written the Blackhawk Film Co. for their catalogue, am pleased my suggestion appealed to you & the members, am sure you would create a lot of amusement in putting on your own shows, there are so many films you could run besides L&H which would be interesting & educational for you all.
          Well, all for now Gary.
          Regards & best to everybody.
                    Sincerely:-
Stan Signature
                    Stan Laurel.
 

Timeline 1957
 

NO LETTERHEAD - TYPEWRITTEN

                    25406-1/2,Malibu Road.
                    MALIBU.CALIF.
                    AUG.9th.'57.
My Dear John [Municino]:-
          Many thanks for your nice letter 8th.inst.
I deeply appreciated your view point of my statement to your Dad, I guess you're right John in that sense, what I really meant, was the end of our active career, frankly I was so upset I was'nt paying any attention to what I said.
Ben Shipman called me the day before & told me Babe had taken a turn for the worse & the end was expected any hours, even knowing this, the final news came as a shock to me.
          However, I think it was a blessing John - poor fellow must have been really suffering (they discovered recently he had a bad cancer condition), so under the circumstances there was no hope of his ever recovering. What a tragic end to such a wonderful career.
          Eda joins in love & best to Jean & self, trust alls well & happy. Looking forward to seeing you real soon.
          Bye & God Bless.
                    As ever:-
Stan Signature
                    Stan Laurel.

"Olver Hardy, the fat, always frustrated partner of the famous movie comedy team of Laurel and Hardy, died early today at the North Hollywood home of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Monnie L. Jones. Mr. Hardy, who was 65 years old, suffered a paralytic stroke last Sept. 12. His widow, Lucille, who had worked as a script girl on his movies before their marriage in 1940, said Mr. Hardy never regained the power of speech after the stroke and required constant nursing care. Stan Laurel, the fail, sad-looking member of the team, said today: "What's there to say. It's shocking, of course. Ollie was like a brother. That's the end of the history of Laurel and Hardy."" —New York Times, August 8, 1957

 

VALHALLA MEMORIAL PARK - LOS ANGELES, CA

Oliver Hardy's Grave

Oliver Hardy's original grave marker at Valhalla Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California. —Editor

 

NO LETTERHEAD - 25406 Malibu Rd., Malibu, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                    AUG.12th.'57. Profile
My Dear Friends [Bob & Marie Hatfield]:-
          Many thanks for the nice card of sympathy, your kind expressions were deeply appreciated.
          Even tho' I had been notified the day before [that] my dear Pal 'Babe,' was'nt expected to last but a few hours, the final news came as a shock & upset me very much - being such close friends for over 30 odd years, it was really a great blow. However, in situations like this we must be sensible & face facts, he has been suffering very much these last few weeks & in terrible pain (Cancer condition), so I feel it was a blessing that he was taken out of his misery, am sure he would have wished it so - I am happy in a sense that he has gone to rest - sad as it is. I miss him more than anyone will ever know & feel quite lost, but I will forever cherish the wonderful memories I have of him & the many happy times we shared together In the past - God Bless Him, he certainly did'nt deserve such a tragic end.
          My Dr. would'nt permit me to go to the services, so Mrs L & my daughter attended instead, it was a Masonic affair & beautifully conducted with many many friends & mourners, & banks of flowers filled the chapel, after which he was cremated.
          Will close now, do'nt feel much in the mood for correspondence, am sure you will understand.
          Mrs L joins in every good wish to you both & thanks again.
                    Sincerely always:-
Stan Laurel Signature
                    Stan Laurel.

"Oliver Hardy', rotund partner in the Laurel and Hardy comedy team, was paid last respects yesterday by members of his family, friends, and a number of filmland's old-timers. the ailing Laurel, 67, forbidden by his doctor to attend the rites, mourned at home. In a eulogy that followed the Masonic rites, hal Humphrey, Mirror-News columnist and friend of Hardy declared, 'Whenever "Babe" Hardy had a portrayal of kindness on the screen, he was portraying himself.'" —Los Angeles Times, August 10, 1957

 

NO LETTERHEAD - 25406 Malibu Rd., Malibu, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                    AUG.12th.'57. Profile
Dear Betty [Healy]:-
          Thanks yours 9th.inst.
I naturally feel terribly upset over Babe's death, but you're so right, your viewpoint is the sensible way to look at it, it IS a blessing that he was taken out of his suffering & misery & we should feel very happy for him, I too am sure that would have been his wish. However, I miss him very much & feel quite lost - after our 30 odd years of close friendship & association.
          We were delighted to know you are planning a trip down here but wish you would make it the following Saturday (the 24th) instead of this week (17th.) We have already made a date to visit & have dinner with a friend of ours in No. Hollywood, & we can't cancel it on account of her leaving for New York on Sunday - am sure you will fully understand the situation, & hope it will not upset your plans. If I do'nt hear from you I shall expect to see you on the 24th, Bikini's fat & all!.
          We certainly got a big kick re your examination business at the police dept. I really laughed out loud at your description of the typewriter routine, wish I could have been there, must have been a scream!.
          Think you are wise to cut out the diet bus. am sure that has a lot to do with all these illnesses going around. I too believe that was the start of Babe's trouble, I think if you want to take off weight, it should be done with exercise, not starving yourself.
          It was sweet of Wayne wanting to go to the funeral, but I think it would have been foolish to loose a days work over it, plus that long drive back & forth. I did'nt go, my Dr. did'nt think it wise, so Eda went with my daughter Lois instead. On account of being a cremation the services were held at the Mortuary (Pierce Bros. in Bev. Hllls.) & was a Masonic affair - no cemetary bus. at all. I understand there was a big turnout & the place was loaded with flowers.
          All for Now Betty - looking forward to seeing you on the 24th. Eda joins in love & best to Wayne & self.
          Bye & God Bless.
                    As ever:-
Stan Signature
 

NO LETTERHEAD - 25406 Malibu Rd., Malibu, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                    AUG.12th.'57. Profile

My dear friend [Gary Alexander]:-
          Many thanks for your expression of sympathy, it was indeed gracious of you Gary, & I deeply appreciate your kind thought - again my sincere thanks.
                    As ever:-
Stan Laurel Signature
                    Stan Laurel.
 

RUBBER STAMP - 25406 Malibu Rd., Malibu, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                    AUG.14th.'57.
Dear Rita [Harrison]:-
          Thanks yours just recd.
I imagine you are glad the moving business is over with. Hope by now you are comfortably settled down again & enjoying your new home.
          I guess you heard the sad news of Mr Hardy's death. It was a great blow to me & it upset me very much, but in these situations we must consider it a blessing, he had been suffering painfully these last few weeks, so we should feel grateful that he was taken out of his misery. Am sure that is what he would have wished under the circumstances, God bless him.
          Glad you saw "Fra Diavalo" & liked it, I too thought it was one of our best films. The last time I saw it was in Italy in 1950, it was strange to hear ourselves speaking Italian language, I really got a kick out of it.
          It was interesting to note that you had a boy-friend - is this serious?
          Don't bother sending me pictures of Liverpool Rita, I am not too interested in seeing them, having been there many times, but I will send you some cards of Malibu as you are probably wondering what it looks like, & be interesting to you.
          All for now dear. My regards & best to your family & my love to your Grandad when you see him.
          Bye Rita, God Bless.
                    Sincerely always:-
                    'Uncle'
Stan Signature
                    xx
                    Stan Laurel.
 

RUBBER STAMP - 25406 Malibu Rd., Malibu, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                    AUG.19th.'57.
My Dear [Senator] Jack [Goldie]-
          Was certainly a pleasant surprise to hear from you after all these years - thought of you many times, & wondered where you were & what you were doing - sincerely hope alls well Jack & everythings O.K.
          Terribly sorry to learn the sad news of your Wife, am sure you miss her very much. I remember her very well on your honeymoon trip to the Coast. Those were happy memories - that was a long time ago - what year was that Jack? Am trying to recall who else was on the bill, I guess many of them have since passed on.
          My little Lois is married now & has two children, a boy & a girl (5 & 6) I see them all quite often, they live in Tarzana, out in the San Fernando Valley.
          Note you read about my dear pal and partner - needless to tell you it upset me very much - I feel lost without him after 30 odd years of close friendship & happy association. However, I feel the end came as a blessing, the poor fellow was really suffering the last few months & no hope of recovery. (Cancer) so am happy he was taken out of his pain. God bless him.
          I had a slight stroke a couple of years ago, but fortunately I made a good recovery & am able to get around again, but of course it has forced me into retirement, as I will never be in shape to do any strenuous work again. Anyway, I have no regrets & am happy & content living in a nice apt. right on the beach here in Malibu.
          Well Jack, I sure enjoyed hearing from you - drop me a line again whenever you feel like it.
          Good luck & God bless.
                    Sincerely always:
Stan Signature
                    Stan Laurel.
 

VALHALLA MEMORIAL PARK - LOS ANGELES, CA

Oliver Hardy's Grave

The commemorative grave marker installed at the head of Babe's grave by the Sons of the Desert in 1977 at Valhalla Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California. —Editor

 

NO LETTERHEAD - 25406 Malibu Rd., Malibu, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

Dear Mr Morningham:-
          Sorry delay in reply to your 31st.inst. Due to the death of my dear friend and partner Mr Hardy, my correspondence got quite neglected.
          With pleasure I enclose you my autograph which you requested, also am sending you a small picture of the team, which I thought you may like to have as a souvenir of many happy memories.
          My regards & best wishes always:-
Stan Laurel Signature
                    Stan Laurel.
 

NO LETTERHEAD - 25406 Malibu Rd., Malibu, CA - TYPEWRITTEN EXCERPT

Dear Nellie [Bushby]:-
          The death of my dear friend & Partner was a great shock to me even tho' I had been notified the day before that the end was near. I miss him terribly & feel quite lost - can't realise that he has gone. However, he suffered a great deal these last few weeks due to a cancer condition, so under the circumstances I feel it was a blessing he was taken out of his misery & pain, there was no possible hope for his recovery. A sad end to a wonderful career God bless him.
 

NO LETTERHEAD - 25406 Malibu Rd., Malibu, CA - TYPEWRITTEN EXCERPT

                    Aug.21st.'57. Profile
My Dear Earl [Manbeck]:-
          Thank you for your letters of 12th. & 19th.inst. Also for the book 'Something Of Value' press clippings etc. it was certainly kind of you to send the book, I shall look forward to reading it, as soon as I get through acknowledging a few stacks of condolence mail several hundred so far, & still coming in from Foreign parts, am enclosing you a couple of stamps from the Gold Coast, thought they would be interesting to you.
          Yes, we hear the ocean breakers pounding on the beach quite loud, we are only a few feet away, at high tide the water is practically touching the building. The noise doesn't bother me at all, I sleep like a log. Am really enjoying it here, Mrs. L. too, we are both feeling much better living here, wish we'd done this long ago.
          I'm afraid I couldn't describe very much or very well the sights of London. I have seen all of the places you mentioned, but only two of the buildings I've been in. Dear Babe and I attended a large affair in '47. in the Dorchester Hotel. We were invited by a Lord and Lady Rothmire, I think that was the name, they were in charge of the guest list dept. It was a social function, I think every body was there except the Royal family. It was certainly a lavish sight - furs and diamonds etc. - waiters in knee britches, powdered wigs and all the fancy trappings. Being very formal, we of course had to wear white tie and tails. We never looked funnier. Anyway, we arrived quite late due to our playing at the Palladium. The party was in full sway. As we were being ushered in an old lady was leaving with an entourage, with a lot of formality. We were introduced to her as Princess Mare Louise, I think, the granddaughter of Queen Victoria. She looked like she had a snout-full and was being escorted home. After the bowing and scraping was over she put on her lorgnette and thoroughly looked us over, slightly swaying, her eyes lit up, she said, "Oh yes. I know you now. I've seen you on the radio.!!" She then hi-cupped and was led out. Well, champagne was flowing till the wee early hours but we were too busy autographing menu cards for the Dukes and Earls to get in on the fun. However, it remains a happy memory.
          I think I told you previously that I visited Drury Lane - that was in '32. - saw Noel Coward's stage production of "Cavalcade." That too is a wonderful memory - sitting in the actual Royal Box, with the powdered wig dept. in attendance.
          Another place we were invited to look around was Scotland Yard. That was really interesting. Especially the special privilege given us to look around their museum. It contains all kinds of paraphernalia used by well-known criminals. All kinds of devices used in counter-fitting, murder weapons, etc. that were actually used. The place is packed with all kinds of gadgets in glass cases. A card on each article explains the crime in which it was used. We were also taken on a trip on a police boat around the Thames. That too was a very interesting trip.
          It was interesting to note that you are a Mason - a wonderful organization. My Dad was a 32nd. Degree Member in the Scottish Order, for some reason I never became one.
          I just had delivered to me a tape recorder, its a new type, really compact & easy to carry around, it has two speeds & is simple to operate, its called the 'Wollensack' Do you have one, Earl? They are really nice to have, so many things you can do with them recording TV & Radio shows etc. plus a lot of fun when you have company, for candid conversations, when they don't know that the machine is recording everything they say, some of these are very funny.
          Think thats about all for now. We have been having some hot weather this last week or so around 90 today, even being so close to the ocean, it must be about 100 in Town & out in the Valley.

Robert Ruark's "Something of Value," published in 1955, was a best-selling novel about colonialism in Arica. —Editor

 

NO LETTERHEAD - 25406 Malibu Rd., Malibu, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

My Dear Gary [1]:-
          Thanks your very nice letter 12th.inst.
I appreciated very much your kind thoughts and sentiments - certainly gracious of you.
           The death of my dear friend & Partner was indeed a sad blow to me, it really shook me. I miss him terribly after 30 Odd years of a wonderful close friendship and happy association - God bless him.
          It was interesting to note that you were the head 'Gaffer' on the Fox lot and that we had met in the early thirties, our introduction must have been at the Roach studio as we did'nt work at 20th. till the early forties.
          Regarding the picture you have of L&H, if you care to send it on the me, I shall be happy to autograph it for you, in the meantime, I am enclosing you a small one with both autographs printed on which I use for fan mail, I had the signatures put on this way on account of poor Babe being paralyzed and unable to write - come to think of it, I do have a straight picture of us bearing actual autographs, so will enclose [one] of those too.
          Thanks Gary for your kind invitation to visit you sometime, it would be a pleasure, but am afraid my traveling days are over. I too had a Stroke a couple of years ago, fortunately it was slight and I made a pretty good recovery, even so, I am hindered in getting around as much as I'd like to.
          Am very pleased to know you are doing well & have such a wonderful family, wish you continued success and happiness.
          Bye Gary, Good Luck.
                    Sincerely always,
Stan Laurel Signature
                    Stan Laurel.
 

NO LETTERHEAD - 25406 Malibu Rd., Malibu, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                    August 26th.'57.
My Dear Jock [Weaver]:-
          Many thanks your nice letter 8th.inst. Deeply appreciated your kind thoughts & sentiments over the death of poor Babe. His passing was a sad blow & a great loss to me, I shall miss him very very much, God Bless Him.
          Lucille went to San Francisco with her Mother to take a rest & to get away from the sad surroundings at home - as soon as she returns i will give her your message of sympathy. Poor Lucille has been through a terrible strain during Babe's long illness, she worked day & night to give him comfort & care, she was wonderful through it all.
          I have'nt heard anything of Jimmy Murphy wither for the last year or so, I guess he is still Babysitting for Joan Crawford. Give Jack Alderson my best when you see him again.
          You will note change of address. I rented the house in Santa Monica & am now living in a nice apt. right on the beach here at Malibu & enjoying the change very much.
          Mrs L. joins in kindest regards to you both.
                    Sincerely always:-
Stan Signature
                    Stan Laurel.
 

NO LETTERHEAD - 25406 Malibu Rd., Malibu, CA - TYPEWRITTEN EXCERPT

                    August 26th.'57.
My Dear Trixie [Wyatt]:-
          Thanks for your sweet letter 18th.inst.
Yes, it was very sad about my dear partner Mr Hardy passing on - I shall miss him terribly - God bless him.
          My sister told me about all the strikes going on over there - the world is unsettled, trouble everywhere, it's shocking, everybody so restless & unhappy & fighting each other. Things have sure changed from the happy times we knew.
 

NO LETTERHEAD - 25406 Malibu Rd., Malibu, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                    August 27th.'57.
My Dear Mr & Mrs Short:-
          I deeply appreciated your kind letter & nice expression of your sentiments over the death of my dear friend & partner Mr Hardy.
          It was indeed a sad blow to me after all the many years of wonderful friendship & happy association - I shall miss him terribly.
          However, under the circumstances the end came as a blessing, he was suffering very much & in great pain due to a development of cancer, so there was no hope for recovery, just a long lingering & unhappy existence, it was a merciful end to it all God bless him. A sad end to a great career. I shall always treasure the many happy memories he has left behind.
          My sincere thanks to you both for your kind sympathy.
          Kindest regards Always.
                    Very sincerely:-
Stan Laurel Signature
                    Stan Laurel.
 

NO LETTERHEAD - 25406 Malibu Rd., Malibu, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                    August 28th.'57.
My Dear Ed [Patterson]:-
          Thank you for your letter 13th,inst.
I appreciated very much your kind expression of sympathy over the death of my dear Friend and Partner Oliver Hardy. It was indeed a great loss to me & to all that knew him. God bless him.
          Bye, good luck & God bless.
                    Sincerely as ever:-
Stan Laurel Signature
                    Stan Laurel.
 

NO LETTERHEAD - 25406 Malibu Rd., Malibu, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

My Dear Gary [Hodson]:-
          Thanks your nice letters 27th.inst. with enclosures of Photo & stamps.
Am returning herewith the photo which I have autographed for both myself & poor 'Babe', (he was always referred to by that name - except on screen).
          Your kind wishes regarding my complete recovery are very encouraging Gary, it is certainly sweet of you & I feel most grateful for your friendly interest.
          Bye Gary. My sincere thanks & best always,
                    As ever:-
Stan Laurel Signature
                    Stan Laurel.
 

NO LETTERHEAD - 25406 Malibu Rd., Malibu, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

My Dear Mr. [Bill] Jacobs:-
          Thank you for your nice letter of Aug.8th. I deeply appreciated your kind expression of sympathy over the death of my dear friend & partner Oliver.
          It was indeed a great loss - I shall miss him terribly after the many years of happy association.
          I remember very well you photographing us at the Palace Hotel during our visit to Southend - a happy memory.
          It was certainly nice of you to drop a line, I greatly value your friendly interest.
          Trust alls well & happy with you.
          My regards & best wishes always,
                    Very sincerely:-
Stan Laurel Signature
                    Stan Laurel.

 

 

 
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