American film actor; starred in The Public Enemy and Yankee Doodle Dandy.
Typewritten Letter Signed, Jim, one page, quarto February 14, 1974. On his name imprinted stationary, Beverly Hills, California, to “Dear Anne.” With one line, “This was in other letter” written in his hand.
“Your letter was a delight.
“The O’Keefe’s I agree are a redoubtable lot. The ones we knew were not too much given to the glass. My mother’s friend, she of the strong New York accent, married a Czechoslovakian. I handsome little guy who was a New York City fireman and was a real roughty-touch – a Turn-Verein type. They had five kids and whenever one would get out of line, she’d belt him and call him “a God damn Cesky”. Of course, when they were ill-behaved, they were not Irish – they were Czech.
I am glad you liked the story of the little Irish woman. They have been all too many of those. This was in other letter.”
“I’ll be in touch soon again. I hope to report progress on the autobiography. There is no great rush as I have to include this affair of the 13th of March. Ken agrees it will be important for the finishing of the book. When I get this done and the March business over with, I’ll be heading to the North of Michigan. There is a place there where they allow no automobiles or any kind of traveling mechanical contraption, horses being the sole means of transportation. Sounds like heaven to me. I hear the grass is tall there too.
“All for now. Keep well. More again.”