German-born American film director, screenwriter, and producer (1889-1932) for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where he became the assistant to Irving Thalberg. He helped launch the career of Jean Harlow, whom he married in July 1932; two months later, he was found dead of a gunshot wound, leaving what appeared to be a suicide note. Some believe that he was killed by his ex-common-law wife Dorothy Millette, who jumped to her death from a ferry a few days afterward. Rare ALS, one page, 5.5 x 8.25, The Ambassador of Los Angeles letterhead, no date. Handwritten letter to an unidentified woman, in full: "There is nothing in the world about which a man is so stupid as the purchase of a gift for a woman—unless he happens to be in love with her—and when he makes the most senseless present it is possible to desire. Would you mind very much if I ask you to get your own gift, as useless and unnecessary as your mind may dictate? Many thanks for favors and kindnesses—and best wishes for the New Year." In fine condition.
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