To my readers- I am driving back north to live with my son in New York (state) tomorrow morning (2/29/09) after a difficult injury. So for the next few days my postings will not be as extensive or maybe not at all.... until next week sometime. But with my trusty laptop I do hope to post at least 'something' every night. If there is anyone who has any questions they can email at MicahVita@Aol.com
In Rome Susanna resumes her voice study, working with Maestro Luigi Ricci, voice and musical coach for Tito Gobbi, Gigli and Maria Callas among others-
On Brighton Beach, England.
New Address: 22 Via
My Dear Dad;
We received your note this morning and I hasten to write you as I am leaving for New York on Jan. 14 via TWA to start rehearsals for my new show *(By the Beautiful Sea with Shirley Booth), Enclosed clipping tells details.
I had to fly to
I have ordered, from our
Suzy speaks of you all the time but never seems to sit down and write—that’s her way as of late—so I suggest you just write a note once a week and shame her into writing you.
My new address after Jan. 15th will be Hotel Windsor,
NYC. Glad Kathleen is progressing so well, send her our love and to the rest of the family.
Always fondly, Wib
*This was to be a
that he become her leading man in “By the Beautiful Sea.”
Box “A” T.C. 8.
I haven’t heard from you yet this week and I’m wondering how you are.
As you know I’m back on shock treatments and I have had four since I went back on. I saw Vicki, & Dick & Stephan last Sunday in
Box “A” T.C. 8.
Received your letter and was very glad to hear from you. How are Vicki and Dick? I saw Haskell yesterday and Michael Francis too! They’re both well! We went to a restaurant and also to the drug store. We came back on the campus and went to the restaurant. Of course, Michael Francis was with us. Haskell had a good time and so did Michael Francis! I had a good time too.
I understand you are helping Vicki and Dick. And how is Stephan? I hope that I will be able to leave here before long. I am very anxious to leave here. It is something I am anxious to do. Michael Francis is going to a nursery and he likes it! Haskell brings him home in the daytime—that is—after he spends the day there—he goes home in the evening. I’m sure Susan is getting along fine! They’ve changed the doctor here. –he was Dr. Whalen and now he is Dr. Warwick! I’d like to leave here soon! I do sing to myself and I sang on a program. I have bitten my nails lately. How have you been getting along lately? Have you found a job? I hope to see you Sunday! Well, love to you, Kathleen.
Ristori, 22 Adelaide
Sorry I haven’t written lately, particularly when you’ve all had so many troubles. I had written Vicki some time ago, haven’t heard back. However, she must have her hands full moving to another city and all.
I’ve been working a little here doing some dubbing in English for the Italian actresses. They say American TV is in need of films. So, they’re dubbing Italian films for the American market. It’s difficult work, as you have to watch their mouths as they speak Italian with you speaking English. I get paid about $24 for four hours which isn’t bad by Italian standards. I don’t need this money right now so I’ve sent it to you and Mother. I figure you both could use it right now. $60 for you and $60 for Mother. If I can send more later I will.
On the balcony-Via
I’m going to
I’ve been very happy studying here—my voice is becoming more like it used to sound, you have no idea the difference it has made in me. I’m becoming more and more like my old self—not full of that chronic depression. All of this has taught me one thing—I can’t be happy unless I’m singing and singing well. The Italians know how to bring it out in you. This man Ricci has been wonderful for me. I’ve learned “Rigoletto”, the other day he told me that I would sing a beautiful “Rigoletto”. If you knew what that meant to me! He has a wonderful back ground. He was the accompanist to Ruffo for years, and 17 years with Gigli—he knows good singing! He’s a wonderful musician. Toscannini recommends him to people who come to
Wib opens in the show Thursday night—April 8th. They have an advance sale of $400,000, so it looks like it will be a big hit, I’d bet on it. He’s very pleased of course.
I'm worried about Mother. What a horrible thing for her to go through. I’m writing her now along with the money, sending special delivery/ Air mail. She should get it in 7 to 10 days. Sending it off to both of you this morning. Please write soon and let me know how she is.
The kids are fine and growing like weeds. They’re going with me and Evy, our Norwegian girl when I go to
Well Dad, do write and let me know how Mother gets on. All my love to you and Haskell and my nieces and nephews. Suzy.
One month before boarding the ocean liner Andrea Doria back to
“I had to get back to my husband…after all, I had you kids, I was married, I had scruples.”
Wed, April 14, ’54
I was glad to hear from you. Sorry I had to disappoint you about London but suggest you come on to New York after you get to Aurora, Illinois—by that time I’ll have found a house and your stay won’t cost you a penny. We’ll discuss it further
Now there is something on my mind about you loaning Suzy money during the past 3-4 years and I don’t know if we have ever repaid you—is this true and if so—how much? I’ll send you a check at once. If you’d like enjoy sending you $50 a month to help you get your spark back and have some fun. God knows it’s hell not to have enough money—don’t tell Addie or Suzy or anyone—for I won’t mention it.
I have always wanted to find some business to invest in that would give us some income when these shows close and can think of no one I’d trust than you as my partner—so If you come to New York perhaps we can look around for something—preferably in the country or locale where we’ll be living—how about that?
You can attend to Suzy’s furniture in