A Rita Hayworth and Aly Khan wedding invitation to Louella Parsons

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Lot 1239
A Rita Hayworth and Aly Khan wedding invitation to Louella Parsons

US$ 700 - 900
£ 510 - 660
A Rita Hayworth and Aly Khan wedding invitation to Louella Parsons
Cream-colored invitation inscribed in raised black print: "Miss Rita Hayworth / and / Prince Aly Khan / invite you to their wedding / at the Chateau de l'Horizon / Golfe Juan / on the 27th of May, 1949 / at 11.00 a.m.," with the date and time and Louella Parsons' name handwritten in blue ink on the invitation, with the original envelope inscribed "Miss Louella Parsons" in blue ink to the face. Accompanied by a round, pink, heavy stock paper chip inscribed "Chateau de l'Horizon / Guest Pass / 7 / Delivered to / Miss Louella Parsons," all of which is stamped in blue except for Parsons' name, which is handwritten in blue ink. Hayworth and Khan engaged in a whirlwind romance culminating in marriage, making Hayworth Hollywood's first actress to marry into true royalty. Ironically, the private Hayworth did not want to invite Parsons, or most people from Hollywood, to the wedding but was encouraged to maintain good relations with the powerful Hollywood columnist. Parsons was reportedly the "only journalist" invited to the wedding, and she gave the bride as a wedding present a handkerchief allegedly owned by Marie Antoinette. Parsons also reveled in the fact that her nemesis and fellow columnist, Hedda Hopper, who had claimed that Parsons would never get invited to the wedding, now had to eat her words.
Provenance: originally from the estate of Louella Parsons.
Invitation: 4.25 x 6 in.; guest pass diameter: 3.25 in.
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