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Michael Landon – ‘Bonanza’ Screen Worn Jacket COA 100% Authentic Team & Provenance
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Bonanza ruled the television range from 1959 til 1973, depicting the men and adventures of the Cartwright family and day-to-day life on The Ponderosa, the humongous Nevada ranch they called home. Lorne Greene portrayed the father, Ben Cartwright Dan Blocker (Eric “Hoss” Cartwright) and Michael Landon (Joseph “Little Joe” Francis Cartwright). The impact of the show cannot be understated, and its success continues in worldwide syndication. The program’s classic content and superb writing are still broadcast somewhere in the world every minute of each and every day.
Presented is a green jacket worn by “Little Joe Cartwright”, Michael Landon in Bonanza. Landon was very involved in telethons for the March of Dimes. In the early-mid ’60s, he MC’d a telethon at the Civic Center in McAllen, Texas located in the Rio Grande Valley. Landon donated this jacket he was wearing to the telethon which was also worn in the popular television series. This was confirmed by Michael Godoy from the Burbank Studios prop department. The jacket originated from the high bidder of the auction that was held by the telethon.
The jacket is a forest green corduroy style which he was known for wearing in the series. The button path is decorated with three custom leather accented fasteners (buttons). Those three buttons are tassels with the bottom one missing. There
is an interior pocket.
Provenance photos are shown from the time Landon was at the event wearing the jacket.
In February 1991, Landon began to suffer severe abdominal pain while on a skiing vacation in Utah. On April 5, 1991, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which had metastasized to his liver and lymph nodes. The cancer was inoperable and terminal. On May 9, 1991, he appeared on The Tonight Show to speak about cancer and to condemn the tabloid press for their sensational headlines and inaccurate stories, including the claim that he and his wife were trying to have another child. During his appearance, Landon pledged to fight the disease and asked fans to pray for him. On May 21, 1991, he underwent successful surgery for a near-fatal blood clot in his left leg.In June 1991, he appeared on the cover of Life Magazine after granting the periodical an exclusive private interview about his life, his family, and his struggle to live. On July 1, 1991, at age 54, Landon died in Malibu, California. You can check out the video here of the jacket -LIVE- on set, Also view the exact photo style matches on our side by side photos.