A pair of letters from Frank Sinatra to Milton Berle
A one-page typed letter signed by Frank Sinatra to Milton Berle, dated March 15, 1981, with original transmittal envelope. Sinatra writes to Berle and his wife to thank them for their testimony on his behalf in Sinatra's bid to have his Nevada gaming license reinstated. In 1963, the Nevada Gaming Control Board had moved to strip Sinatra's license to operate the casino at the Cal-Neva Resort in Lake Tahoe because he had been seen entertaining Chicago mobster Sam Giancana, who as a member of Nevada's List of Excluded Persons was ineligible to enter a casino. Sinatra surrendered his license and sold the casino rather than go through a public hearing. The letter reads in part, "I feel vindicated ... the burden that I have carried for so many years in the public press has finally been lifted. Oh, I know some of them will never give up. But at least great progress has been made in making what is, frankly, a quite innocent man unguilty of innuendo and, in fact, plain untruths."
Together with an additional undated typed letter signed from Sinatra, congratulating Berle on the Museum of Broadcasting's celebration for the40th anniversary of the Texaco Star Theater.
7 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.