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The "Most Handsomest man in the world" signs on this typed letter regarding his friend not being able to attend the debut of his film of Romeo and Juliet
Typed Letter Signed: "Francis X. Bushman", 1p, 7¾x10½. Riderwood, Green Spring Valley, Maryland, 1916 August 29. On his personal letterhead, picturing his estate, "Bushmanor", at upper left, to Miss Louise Albright, Allentown, Pennsylvania. Begins: "My dear friend". In full: "Received your kind letter this morning, as I happened to be a Bushmanor for a little rest, after my hard work on my new picture 'Romeo and Juliet' which has just been completed. I am truly sorry that you will not be able to attend the Motion Picture Theatres, for I would like very much to have had you go to see my above production. However, never mind, you will see some of my later ones, I hope, and then, if you remain away from the picture houses for a little time now, you avoid all danger. So you see everything happens for the best. You write me when you can, With best wishes, I am, as ever Thy friend." Romeo and Juliet, which starred Bushman as Romeo, was released in 1916, the year the screen idol also appeared in A Virginia Romance, In the Diplomatic Service, A Million a Minute, The Wall Between, The Red Mouse and Man and His Soul. Bushmanor was the actor's 280-acre estate in Green Spring Valley, which was cared for by eight house servants and 20 groundskeepers. A former sculptor's model, Francis Xavier Bushman (1883-1966) had a beautiful physique which, combined with his handsome looks, propelled him to stardom in pre-20s silents. Known as "the handsomest man in the world" and the first film actor to be called "King of the Movies", he starred in 115 silent films between 1911 and 1914. Bushman made more than a million dollars a year during the silent era, but lost his fortune in the Crash of 1929. After 1930, he appeared in feature films sporadically, but became a star of radio soap operas. Bushman, who later appeared in David and Bathsheba (1951), Sabrina (1954), The Story of Mankind (1957) and Twelve to the Moon (1960), made his last film, The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, in 1966, the year of his death. Usual folds, vertical folds touch the "r" in Francis and the "Bu" of Bushman. Fine condition.

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Born: January 10, 1883 in Baltimore, Maryland
Died: August 23, 1966 in Pacific Palisades, California

Film Credits
1994 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Hollywood Follies (Other), 1990 Dick Tracy (Other), 1980 Hollywood (Other), 1972 Hollywood: The Dream Factory (Other), 1966 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (Performer), 1966 The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (Performer), 1966 Batman (Performer), 1965 The 37th Annual Academy Awards (in person), 1961 The Phantom Planet (Performer), 1961 Peter Gunn (Performer), 1961 Hollywood: The Golden Years (Other), 1960-1964 Perry Mason (Performer), 1960 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (Performer), 1960 Shotgun Slade (Performer), 1960 Here's Hollywood (in person), 1960 Hedda Hopper's Hollywood (in person), 1960 General Electric Theater (Performer), 1960 12 to the Moon (Performer), 1959 The Jack Paar Tonight Show (in person), 1959 Make Room for Daddy (Performer), 1958 You Bet Your Life (in person), 1958 The Court of Last Resort (Performer), 1958 The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (Performer), 1958 77 Sunset Strip (Performer), 1957 This Is Your Life (in person), 1957 The Story of Mankind (Performer), 1957 Official Detective (Performer), 1956 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (Performer), 1955 Screen Snapshots: Ramblin' Round Hollywood (Other), 1954 The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (Performer), 1954 Schlitz Playhouse (Performer), 1954 Sabrina (Performer), 1952 The Bad and the Beautiful (Performer), 1952 Apache Country (Performer), 1951 Hollywood Story (Performer), 1951 David and Bathsheba (Performer), 1947 Flicker Flashbacks No. 2, Series 5 (Other), 1944 Wilson (Performer), 1942 Silver Queen (Performer), 1941 Peer Gynt (Performer), 1941 Mr. Celebrity (Performer), 1939 Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 12 (Other), 1937/II Dick Tracy (Other), 1937/I Dick Tracy (Performer), 1937 Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (Performer), 1936 Hollywood Boulevard (Performer), 1933 March of the Movies (Other), 1932 Watch Beverly (Performer), 1930 The Dude Wrangler (Performer), 1930 Once a Gentleman (Performer), 1930 Call of the Circus (Performer), 1928 The Man Higher Up (Performer), 1928 The Grip of the Yukon (Performer), 1928 The Beautiful Spy (Performer), 1928 Say It with Sables (Performer), 1928 Midnight Life (Performer), 1927 The Thirteenth Juror (Performer), 1927 The Lady in Ermine (Performer), 1927 The Flag: A Story Inspired by the Tradition of Betsy Ross (Performer), 1926 The Marriage Clause (Performer), 1926 Playing the Swell (Performer), 1925 The Masked Bride (Performer), 1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (Performer), 1923 Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 24 (in person), 1923 Modern Marriage (Performer), 1922 Making the Grade (Performer), 1922 According to Hoyle (Performer), 1920 Smiling All the Way (Performer), 1920 Screen Snapshots, Series 1, No. 15 (in person), 1919 God's Outlaw (Performer), 1919 Daring Hearts (Performer), 1918 With Neatness and Dispatch (Performer), 1918 Under Suspicion (Performer), 1918 The Poor Rich Man (Performer), 1918 The Brass Check (Performer), 1918 Social Quicksands (Performer), 1918 Cyclone Higgins, D.D. (Performer), 1918 A Pair of Cupids (Performer), 1917 Their Compact (Performer), 1917 The Voice of Conscience (Performer), 1917 The Great Secret (Performer), 1917 The Adopted Son (Performer), 1917 Red, White and Blue Blood (Performer), 1916/II Romeo and Juliet (Performer), 1916/II Romeo and Juliet (Director), 1916 The Wall Between (Performer), 1916 The Voice in the Darkness (Performer), 1916 The Red Mouse (Performer), 1916 Man and His Soul (Performer), 1916 In the Diplomatic Service (Performer), 1916 In the Diplomatic Service (Director), 1916 In the Diplomatic Service (Writer), 1916 In the Diplomatic Service (in person), 1916 A Virginia Romance (Performer), 1916 A Million a Minute (Performer), 1915 Thirty (Performer), 1915 Thirteen Down (Performer), 1915 The Slim Princess (Performer), 1915 The Silent Voice (Performer), 1915 The Shanty at Trembling Hill (Performer), 1915 The Second in Command (Performer), 1915 The Return of Richard Neal (Performer), 1915 The Great Silence (Performer), 1915 The Gallantry of Jimmy Rodgers (Performer), 1915 The Ambition of the Baron (Performer), 1915 The Accounting (Performer), 1915 Stars Their Courses Change (Performer), 1915 Providence and Mrs. Urmy (Performer), 1915 Pennington's Choice (Performer), 1915 Graustark (Performer), 1914/II Hearts and Flowers (Performer), 1914/I Shadows (Performer), 1914 Yarn a-Tangle (Performer), 1914 Under Royal Patronage (Performer), 1914 Trinkets of Tragedy (Performer), 1914 Through the Storm (Performer), 1914 The Voice in the Wilderness (Performer), 1914 The Unplanned Elopement (Performer), 1914 The Three Scratch Clue (Performer), 1914 The Private Officer (Performer), 1914 The Prince Party (Performer), 1914 The Plum Tree (Performer), 1914 The Other Man (Performer), 1914 The Other Girl (Performer), 1914 The Night Hawks (Performer), 1914 The Mystery of Room 643 (Performer), 1914 The Motor Buccaneers (Performer), 1914 The Masked Wrestler (Performer), 1914 The Man for A' That (Performer), 1914 The Hour and the Man (Performer), 1914 The Girl at the Curtain (Performer), 1914 The Fable of the Bush League Lover Who Failed to Qualify (Performer), 1914 The Elder Brother (Performer), 1914 The Countess (Performer), 1914 The Battle of Love (Performer), 1914 Sparks of Fate (Performer), 1914 Scars of Possession (Performer), 1914 One Wonderful Night (Performer), 1914 Mongrel and Master (Performer), 1914 Jane (Performer), 1914 In the Moon's Ray (Performer), 1914 In the Glare of the Lights (Performer), 1914 His Stolen Fortune (Performer), 1914 Finger Prints (Performer), 1914 Every Inch a King (Performer), 1914 Dawn and Twilight (Performer), 1914 Blood Will Tell (Performer), 1914 Ashes of Hope (Performer), 1914 Any Woman's Choice (Performer), 1914 Ambushed (Performer), 1914 A Splendid Dishonor (Performer), 1914 A Night with a Million (Performer), 1913/II For Old Time's Sake (Performer), 1913/I The Right of Way (Performer), 1913 When Soul Meets Soul (Performer), 1913 Tony, the Fiddler (Performer), 1913 The Whip Hand (Performer), 1913 The Way Perilous (Performer), 1913 The Toll of the Marshes (Performer), 1913 The Thirteenth Man (Performer), 1913 The Stigma (Performer), 1913 The Spy's Defeat (Performer), 1913 The Power of Conscience (Performer), 1913 The Pathway of Years (Performer), 1913 The Little Substitute (Performer), 1913 The Hermit of Lonely Gulch (Performer), 1913 The Farmer's Daughter (Performer), 1913 The Discovery (Performer), 1913 Sunlight (Performer), 1913 Little Ned (Performer), 1913 Let No Man Put Asunder (Performer), 1913 Dear Old Girl (Performer), 1913 A Mistaken Accusation (Performer), 1913 A Brother's Loyalty (Performer), 1912/II The Turning Point (Performer), 1912/II The Rivals (Performer), 1912/I The Voice of Conscience (Performer), 1912/I The End of the Feud (Performer), 1912/I At the End of the Trail (Performer), 1912 White Roses (Performer), 1912 When Wealth Torments (Performer), 1912 Twilight (Performer), 1912 Tracked Down (Performer), 1912 The Warning Hand (Performer), 1912 The Virtue of Rags (Performer), 1912 The Understudy (Performer), 1912 The Penitent (Performer), 1912 The Passing Shadow (Performer), 1912 The Old Wedding Dress (Performer), 1912 The Old Florist (Performer), 1912 The New Church Organ (Performer), 1912 The Melody of Love (Performer), 1912 The Mail Order Wife (Performer), 1912 The Magic Wand (Performer), 1912 The Little Poet (Performer), 1912 The Little Black Box (Performer), 1912 The Laurel Wreath of Fame (Performer), 1912 The Iron Heel (Performer), 1912 The House of Pride (Performer), 1912 The Hospital Baby (Performer), 1912 The Fall of Montezuma (Performer), 1912 The Eye That Never Sleeps (Performer), 1912 The Error of Omission (Performer), 1912 The Cat's Paw (Performer), 1912 The Butterfly Net (Performer), 1912 Teaching a Liar a Lesson (Performer), 1912 Signal Lights (Performer), 1912 Return of William Marr (Performer), 1912 Requited Love (Performer), 1912 Out of the Night (Performer), 1912 Out of the Depths (Performer), 1912 Neptune's Daughter (Performer), 1912 Napatia, the Greek Singer (Performer), 1912 Lonesome Robert (Performer), 1912 Her Hour of Triumph (Performer), 1912 Her Boys (Performer), 1912 Daydream of a Photoplay Artist (Performer), 1912 Chains (Performer), 1912 Billy and the Butler (Performer), 1912 Alias Billy Sargent (Performer), 1912 A Good Catch (Performer), 1912 A Brother's Error (Performer), 1911/I Two Men and a Girl (Performer), 1911/I The Playwright (Performer), 1911/I Pals (Performer), 1911/I Lost Years (Performer), 1911 Too Much Turkey (Performer), 1911 The Rosary (Performer), 1911 The Quinceville Raffle (Performer), 1911 The New Manager (Performer), 1911 The Madman (Performer), 1911 The Long Strike (Performer), 1911 The Gordian Knot (Performer), 1911 The Goodfellow's Christmas Eve (Performer), 1911 The Empty Saddle (Performer), 1911 The Dark Romance of a Tobacco Tin (Performer), 1911 The Burglarized Burglar (Performer), 1911 Saved from the Torrents (Performer), 1911 Reparation (Performer), 1911 Putting It Over (Performer), 1911 Live, Love and Believe (Performer), 1911 His Friend's Wife (Performer), 1911 Her Dad the Const_able (Performer), 1911 He Fought for the U.S.A. (Performer), 1911 God's Inn by the Sea (Performer), 1911 For Memory's Sake (Performer), 1911 Fate's Funny Frolic (Performer), 1911 Bill Bumper's Bargain (Performer), 1911 A False Suspicion (Performer)

Theatre Credits
The Queen of the Moulin Rouge - Performer (December 7, 1908 - April 24, 1909)

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