1129 SUMMIT DRIVE
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA
December 22, 1961
A. C. Spectorsky, Editorial Director
232 East Ohio Street
Dear Mr. Spectorsky:
Thank you for sending me the advance copy of January Playboy Magazine in which there is a photograph of me in the "Toasting the New Year" article.
However, since you have asked me for my comments, I feel it only fair I should tell you the circumstances under which this photograph appeared. First I was asked from the Eastern office of the magazine to pose for a picture with a drink in my hand. I stated that I respectfully declined the invitation since I have no favorite drink and did not wish to appear in the article. A few weeks later I was called on the telephone by someone at the local Playboy office and was again approached about posing with a drink in my hand, which I again declined. I was then asked if I objected to the use of a photograph from one of my pictures, namely "The Pleasure Of His Company", in which I am holding a glass of champagne, to which I again specified that I did not wish it used and that I did not wish to participate in this article with a drink in my hand since I had no favorite drink. This was thoroughly understood.
Perhaps you can understand now why I am amazed at the use of this photograph of me with a glass of champagne in my hand "Toasting the New Year". Obviously there is no harm done but I just want to point out to you that I really do not happen to like champagne.
With kindest regards, I remain,
(Signed, 'Fred Astaire')