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NICK "THE REBEL" ADAMS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/28/1956 - HFSID 294072

 

NICK ADAMS
Remarkable letter to friends, describing his recent financial difficulties, his new breakthrough in films, and his desire to write about "Jimmy" (his close friend James Dean, who had died 6 months before).
Autograph Letter Signed: "Nick", 2 pages (front and verso), 7½x9½ No place, 1956 March 28. To "Dear Shirley and Bob", in full: "Please forgive me for not writing sooner. I was pretty miserable for about 4 months. I didn't have any work, I was up to my ears in debt and they were all set to take my house away from me. Things were really bad. I didn't feel like seeing or talking to anyone. So please forgive me for not writing. Things have picked up a lot. I have just finished doing one of the leads in a picture at Republic called 'White Nightmare'. Joan Evans, Marla English & Ben Cooper are in it. I had a great part. A killer. And I just got a great part in a picture at 20th Century Fox called 'The Last Wagon'. It's a real big Western in color & cinemascope. I have the lead with Richard Widmark & Joan Collins. I started to write the novel that we discussed Bob, but I just don't know how to write so I gave it up and wrote a short story about Jimmy for a magazine and told them to use whatever money they wanted to give for the story to buy or have a picture painted of Jimmy or a bust made and give it to Marcus & Hortense. When the story comes out I'll let you know what magazine it's in. Please write & let me know what's new and please forgive me for not writing. And please send me Jimmy Grandfather's [sic] address. Write soon. Sincerely". Nick Adams (1931-1968) starred as "Johnny Yuma", a former Confederate soldier, in The Rebel on ABC from 1959-1961. Among his films were Mr. Roberts, Picnic and Rebel Without a Cause, and he was nominated for a Best Supporting Oscar for Twilight of Honor in 1963. Adams was 36 when he died of an overdose of medication he was taking for a nervous disorder. The film White Nightmare - mentioned here by Adams as a turning point in his fortunes - was renamed A Strange Adventure. Adams was a very close friend of James Dean, whom he had met in 1950 while filming a commercial. They certainly became close friends. Some writers have alleged that Adams and Dean were bi-sexual, and had an amorous relationship, but these claims are conjectural and very much in dispute. In any case, Adams sought to capitalize on his friendship with Dean after the latter's death in a car crash on September 30, 1955: writing articles and giving interviews to fan magazines, and having himself photographed at Dean's gravesite. (Marcus and Hortense Winslow, mentioned by Adams, were the aunt and uncle of James Dean, having raised the young man after the early death of his mother.) Adams would soon develop - and some would say exploit - another close friendship - with Elvis Presley. Multiple mailing folds. Fine condition.


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NICK ADAMS
Born: July 10, 1931 in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania
Died: February 7, 1968 in Beverly Hills, California


Film Credits
1999 Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 (Other), 1996 Rediscovering a Rebel (Other), 1994 It's Alive: The True Story of Frankenstein (Other), 1991 Frankenstein: A Cinematic Scrapbook (Other), 1968 Mr. Blackwell Presents (in person), 1968 Mission Mars (Performer), 1968 Los asesinos (Performer), 1968 Fever Heat (Performer), 1967 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (Performer), 1967 The Woody Woodbury Show (in person), 1967 The Monroes (Performer), 1967 The Killing Bottle (Performer), 1967 P.D.Q. (in person), 1967 Hondo (Performer), 1967 Dateline: Hollywood (in person), 1966-1968 The Wild Wild West (Performer), 1966-1967 The Hollywood Squares (in person), 1966 You Don't Say (in person), 1966 Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title (Performer), 1965 Young Dillinger (Performer), 1965 Monster of Terror (Performer), 1965 Invasion of Astro-Monster (Performer), 1965 I'll Bet (in person), 1965 Frankenstein Conquers the World (Performer), 1965 Ben Casey (Performer), 1964 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (Performer), 1964 The Young Lovers (Performer), 1964 The Reporter (Performer), 1964 The Outer Limits (Performer), 1964 The Object Is (in person), 1964 The Celebrity Game (in person), 1964 The 36th Annual Academy Awards (in person), 1964 Rawhide (Performer), 1964 Arrest and Trial (Performer), 1963-1967 Combat! (Performer), 1963-1965 Burke's Law (Performer), 1963 Twilight of Honor (Performer), 1963 The Hook (Performer), 1963 Stump the Stars (in person), 1963 Celebrity Party (in person), 1963 77 Sunset Strip (Performer), 1962-1963 Saints and Sinners (Performer), 1962 The Interns (Performer), 1962 Hell Is for Heroes (Performer), 1962 Checkmate (Performer), 1961-1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (Performer), 1961-1962 General Electric Theater (Performer), 1961 What About Linda (in person), 1961 Here's Hollywood (in person), 1960 What's My Line (in person), 1960 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (in person), 1960 About Faces (in person), 1959-1961 The Rebel (Writer), 1959-1961 The Rebel (Performer), 1959 Yancy Derringer (Performer), 1959 The FBI Story (Performer), 1959 The David Niven Show (Performer), 1959 The 31st Annual Academy Awards (in person), 1959 Tales of Wells Fargo (Performer), 1959 Pillow Talk (Performer), 1958-1961 Wagon Train (Performer), 1958-1959 Zane Grey Theater (Performer), 1958-1959 Trackdown (Performer), 1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive (Performer), 1958 The Loretta Young Show (Performer), 1958 Teacher's Pet (Performer), 1958 Steve Canyon (Performer), 1958 Sing Boy Sing (Performer), 1958 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (Performer), 1958 No Time for Sergeants (Performer), 1958 Cimarron City (Performer), 1957 Sweet Smell of Success (Performer), 1957 Playhouse 90 (Performer), 1957 Fury at Showdown (Performer), 1956 The People's Choice (Performer), 1956 The Last Wagon (Performer), 1956 Our Miss Brooks (Performer), 1956 Giant (Performer), 1956 A Strange Adventure (Performer), 1955 Strange Lady in Town (Performer), 1955 Rebel Without a Cause (Performer), 1955 Picnic (Performer), 1955 Mister Roberts (Performer), 1955 I Died a Thousand Times (Performer), 1952 Somebody Loves Me (Performer)

Theatre Credits
Dodsworth - Performer (August 20, 1934 - January 1935), Dodsworth - Performer (March 24, 1934 - June 30, 1934)


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