Ann Rutherford was an actress whose career in movies was mainly in the 1930s through the late 1940s. She had both starring and co-starring roles. From the 1950s into the 1970s, she appeared on many tv shows.
I wrote to her in June 1982, sending her a photo which I requested she autograph. A couple of months passed, and I thought perhaps the photo was lost on its way to her, or on it's return to me.
In late August, I received Ms. Rutherford's reply: this handwritten note on my original letter, and this signed photo.
The note explains why it took so long to hear from her: "Dear Bill, I am so sorry for the delay, your envelope some how wound up in a filing cabinet! 'Lately' yours, Ann Rutherford".