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JANE ALEXANDER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/09/1974 - HFSID 300535

 

JANE ALEXANDER
Handwritten letter to John Willis, chief editor of Theatre World and a member of the Tony Award nominating committee, touting Michael Moriarty for a Theatre World Award. (He would win the trifecta - Tony, Drama Desk and Theatre World awards for his performance opposite Alexander that year.)
Autograph Letter signed: "Jane", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1974 January 9. On personal letterhead to "Dear John" [Willis]. In full: "Again thank you for your lovely words! It is always so nice to hear from you; I guess because you always tell me such nice things! Michael's wonderful and I think a Theatre World award would please him immensely. Sincerely". Stage, screen and television actress JANE ALEXANDER (b. 1939) portrayed the First Lady in two TV specials, Eleanor and Franklin (1976) and Eleanor and Franklin: the White House Years (1977). Alexander won a Tony Award for The Great White Hope (1969) and an Emmy Award for Playing for Time (1981). She also was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress for The Great White Hope (1971) and Testament (1983) and nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscars for All The President's Men and Kramer vs. Kramer (1979). She chaired the National Endowment for the Arts from 1993-1997. Theatre World, founded in 1945 by Daniel Blum, is America's oldest annual record of Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatre, referenced by industry professionals, historians, students and theatre fans worldwide. Until 1998, when a separate nonprofit corporation was established, Theatre World's editorial staff bestowed the prestigious Theatre World Awards for outstanding Broadway and Off-Broadway debuts. Screen World (from 1950) and Dance World (from 1966), administered from the same office, furnished comprehensive information on those entertainment genres. John A. Willis (1916-2010), active in Theatre World from the beginning, became its chief editor in 1965, holding that position until 2008. Willis is regarded as one of the foremost theatre and film historians of the 20th century. While producing (and presenting) the annual Theatre World Awards, Willis also served on the nominating committee for the Tony Awards. Theatre World, which received its own Tony for Excellence in Theatre in 2001, continues under chief editor Ben Hodges. Theatre World kept file copies of actors' photos, for use in the publication. Howard was probably forwarding a set of such pictures. When she wrote this letter, Alexander had just completed the first week of the Broadway run of Find Your Way Home. The "Michael" she praises here was undoubtedly Michael Moriarty, her co-star in that show. Moriarty would not only win a Theatre World Award for that performance, but complete a trifecta with a Tony (Best Actor in a Play) and Drama Desk Award (Outstanding Actor). Multiple mailing folds. Pencil note (unknown hand) at bottom edge. Otherwise, fine condition.


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JANE ALEXANDER
Born: October 28, 1939 in Boston, Massachusetts



Film Credits
2013-2014 The Blacklist (Performer), 2013 The No Name Painting Association (in person), 2013 Last Love (Performer), 2013 Forgive Me (Performer), 2011-2012 The Good Wife (Performer), 2011 William & Catherine: A Royal Romance (Performer), 2011 The Loving Story (Other), 2011 Dream House (Performer), 2011 Deck the Halls (Performer), 2009 The Unborn (Performer), 2009 Terminator Salvation (Performer), 2008-2011 American Masters (Performer), 2008 Sexo en serie (Other), 2008 Inside the Handy Writers' Colony (in person), 2008 Gigantic (Performer), 2007 The States (in person), 2007 The Powder & the Glory (in person), 2007 The 61st Annual Tony Awards (in person), 2007 Tell Me You Love Me (Performer), 2007 Feast of Love (Performer), 2006 The Way (Performer), 2006 Telling the Truth About Lies: The Making of 'All the President's (in person), 2006 HBO First Look (in person), 2006 Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (Performer), 2005 Warm Springs (Performer), 2005 The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (in person), 2004 Carry Me Home (Performer), 2003 Testament at 20 (in person), 2003 Mama/M.A.M.A. (in person), 2003 Freedom: A History of Us (Performer), 2003 Art in the Twenty-First Century (in person), 2002 The Ring (Performer), 2002 Sunshine State (Performer), 2001 Jenifer (Performer), 2001 Finding the Truth: The Making of 'Kramer vs. Kramer' (in person), 2001 Bitter Winter (Performer), 2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Performer), 2000 Law & Order (Performer), 1999 The Cider House Rules (Performer), 1998 The Rosie O'Donnell Show (in person), 1998 Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood (in person), 1996 Women in Film Crystal Awards (in person), 1995 The Walt Disney Company and McDonald's Present the American (in person), 1994 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (in person), 1994 The 48th Annual Tony Awards (in person), 1993 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (in person), 1993 The 65th Annual Academy Awards (Other), 1993 The 47th Annual Tony Awards (in person), 1993 New Year (Performer), 1992 Stay the Night (Performer), 1991 Building Bombs (in person), 1991 A Marriage: Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz (Performer), 1990 Night of 100 Stars III (in person), 1990 Daughter of the Streets (Performer), 1989 Glory (Performer), 1988 Open Admissions (Performer), 1988 All About Babies (in person), 1988 A Friendship in Vienna (Performer), 1987 The 41st Annual Tony Awards (in person), 1987 Sweet Country (Performer), 1987 Square Dance (Performer), 1987 Square Dance (Producer), 1987 In Love and War (Performer), 1986 Drug Free Kids: A Parents' Guide (Performer), 1986 Blood & Orchids (Performer), 1985 Malice in Wonderland (Performer), 1984 When She Says No (Performer), 1984 The 56th Annual Academy Awards (in person), 1984 The 36th Annual Emmy Awards (in person), 1984 City Heat (Performer), 1984 Calamity Jane (Performer), 1984 Calamity Jane (Producer), 1984 Calamity Jane (in person), 1983 Testament (Performer), 1982 Night of 100 Stars (in person), 1982 Night Crossing (Performer), 1982 Kennedy's Children (Performer), 1982 In the Custody of Strangers (Performer), 1981 The 35th Annual Tony Awards (in person), 1981 Dear Liar (Performer), 1980 Today (in person), 1980 The 37th Annual Golden Globe Awards (in person), 1980 Playing for Time (Performer), 1980 Brubaker (Performer), 1979 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (in person), 1979 The 33rd Annual Tony Awards (in person), 1979 Kramer vs. Kramer (Performer), 1978 The Betsy (Performer), 1978 Lovey: A Circle of Children, Part II (Performer), 1978 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda (in person), 1978 A Question of Love (Performer), 1977 The 49th Annual Academy Awards (in person), 1977 The 31st Annual Tony Awards (in person), 1977 Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (Performer), 1977 A Circle of Children (Performer), 1976 Eleanor and Franklin (Performer), 1976 All the President's Men (Performer), 1975 Death Be Not Proud (Performer), 1974 This Is the West That Was (Performer), 1974 The 28th Annual Tony Awards (in person), 1973 The 27th Annual Tony Awards (in person), 1973 Miracle on 34th Street (Performer), 1972 Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol (Performer), 1972 The New Centurions (Performer), 1971 The 43rd Annual Academy Awards (in person), 1971 Film Night (in person), 1971 A Gunfight (Performer), 1970 The Great White Hope (Performer), 1970 The David Frost Show (in person), 1969 The 23rd Annual Tony Awards (in person), 1969 N.Y.P.D. (Performer), 1969 Adam-12 (Performer), 1968 The Dick Cavett Show (in person)

Theatre Credits
Honour - Performer (April 26, 1998 - June 14, 1998), The Sisters Rosensweig - Performer (March 18, 1993 - July 16, 1994), The Visit - Performer (January 23, 1992 - March 1, 1992), Shadowlands - Performer (November 11, 1990 - April 7, 1991), The Night of the Iguana - Performer (June 26, 1988 - September 4, 1988), Monday After the Miracle - Performer (December 14, 1982 - December 18, 1982), Goodbye Fidel - Performer (April 23, 1980 - April 26, 1980), First Monday in October - Performer (October 3, 1978 - December 9, 1978), The Heiress - Performer (April 20, 1976 - May 9, 1976), Hamlet - Performer (December 17, 1975 - January 25, 1976), Find Your Way Home - Performer (January 2, 1974 - May 4, 1974), 6 Rms Riv Vu - Performer (October 17, 1972 - May 19, 1973), The Great White Hope - Performer (October 3, 1968 - January 31, 1970)


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